Verizon pushes support for One Touch Make Ready fibre proposal

Verizon is outlining its support for ‘One Touch Make Ready’, a proposal which will enable quicker deployment of fiber by scotching red tape associated with pole attachment.

The proposal has already been trialled out in a handful of US metros with not all parties happy, to say the least; both Comcast and AT&T sued Metro Nashville when the law was passed late last year.

Current timeframes for processing pole attachment requests can take several months. A new ‘attacher’ has to contact...

By James Bourne, 19 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic, Operators.

The first certified Gfast products have been announced

The first six certified Gfast products have been announced by the Broadband Forum and UNH-IOL.

Gfast is exciting due to its use of existing copper wiring and potential to substantially increase speeds for consumers without the high infrastructure costs which generally accompanies major network upgrades. National broadband operator Openreach has now deployed Gfast to over 100,000 UK homes and businesses as part of a large-scale pilot in 20 locations.

“Interoperable standardized Gfast...

By Ryan Daws, 13 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, G.fast, Industry, Infrastructure.

Tech firms relying on telcos for connectivity not value added services, says ABI Research

ABI Research has conducted a survey to find out preferences of technology implementers using B2B technologies – and found 55% of respondents preferred to use telcos only for connectivity purposes.

Dimitris Mavrakis, Research Director at ABI Research, said: "The connectivity market is, and will, remain, profitable for many telcos worldwide, but our survey indicates that there is some interest by technology implementers in more than pure connectivity. This is what we refer to as Connectivity+."

31% of...

By Telecoms, 08 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Operators.

Virgin Media claims its broadband has delivered a £1.4 billion boost to the UK

Liberty Global, owners of Virgin Media, claims their investment in UK broadband has delivered a “total social benefit” of over £1 billion.

The figure includes the company’s investment in higher broadband speeds, competitive pricing, and the improved productivity it has enabled between 2013 and 2017. Rather than a made up figure, the data comes from an Oxera Consulting report.

“Liberty Global’s significant investment in the reach and capability...

By Ryan Daws, 30 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry.

Three entices consumers to ditch slow ADSL connections for 4G broadband

Hutchison-owned mobile operator Three is hoping to entice UK consumers stuck on slow ADSL connections to make the switch to 4G mobile broadband.

4G speeds are often faster than old connections using home telephone lines which some consumers are still forced to use. Some of these locations are now covered by a 4G signal, and Three is hoping to attract business from these underserved communities with a new plan.

Larger households may find the limit too restrictive.

The...

By Ryan Daws, 23 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, LTE, Mobile.

Google adds three partners to CSquared for faster, more reliable African broadband

Google has formed a four-way partnership to invest $100 million in a wholesale broadband infrastructure project which aims to bring fast and reliable internet access to cities across Africa.

The new ‘CSquared’ partnership extends Google’s existing Project Link programme which the web giant introduced to the Ugandan capital of Kampala back in 2013 to provide local internet...

By Ryan Daws, 16 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Africa, Broadband, Connectivity, Infrastructure, Networks.

BT ordered to compensate rivals £22 million interest after overcharging for backhaul Ethernet services

BT has been ordered to dig into its pockets for the second time after a tribunal decided that interest was due on the original settlement amount in a case where the company was found to have overcharged rivals for backhaul Ethernet services.

First brought forward in December 2012, Ofcom ruled BT overcharged its rivals £95m for the five years between 2006 and 2011 – and will pay the excess back to Cable & Wireless Worldwide (now Vodafone), Sky, TalkTalk, Verizon, and Virgin Media.

The...

By Ryan Daws, 05 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

Broadband Forum and SDN/NFV Industry to jointly setup Open Broadband Laboratory Asia

The Broadband Forum and SDN/NFV Industry have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly establish an Open Broadband Laboratory Asia (OBLA) and promote the development of network transformation and cloud evolution at the recent China SDN/NFV Conference in Beijing.

Open Broadband Labs are a collaborative resource for the integration, staging and testing of open source, commercial software, standards-based and vendor implementations where suppliers, integrators and operators can work together on new...

By Telecoms, 05 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Networks, NFV, Regulation, SDN.

Call for 30 Mbps minimum broadband speed is scrapped ahead of the general election

Ahead of this year’s snap general election, the House of Lords has decided to scrap its demand for a minimum broadband speed of 30 Mbps to be a part of the government’s Digital Economy Bill.

The decision is a result of the Conservative government rushing policies through parliament as part of the “wash up” process that is typical ahead of a general election. Unfinished bills cannot be carried over from one parliament to the next, which means the current government is reliant...

By Ryan Daws, 26 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Infrastructure, Networks.

Canada aims to boost net neutrality with new framework

A newly designed framework which prevents telecom providers from engaging in ‘harmful’ zero-rating has been issued by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

Zero-rating is a practice of selectively pricing certain apps and services by not counting them against a customer's data cap. The ruling strengthens Net Neutrality in the country, and will shape how Canadians use the Internet for years to come.

The digital rights group OpenMedia has welcomed the ruling, noting...

By Telecoms, 21 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, N America, Net Neutrality.