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.

Research warns of price hikes for customers on basic broadband deals

A report from Citizens Advice, a UK network of independent charities, argues that people on the cheapest basic broadband deals are hit with an average price rise of £113 per year once their deal ends – with many unware they face an increase in cost.

The study found more than a third (35%) of broadband customers do not realise that they could face price hikes by staying on the same contract with their provider after their initial deal ends.

For customers who stay on the same contract for four years...

By Telecoms, 19 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers.

Telecom operator Elisa completes trial of Nokia’s XGS-PON to improve broadband speed

Finnish-based telecom operator Elisa has completed a field trial of Nokia’s XGS-PON technology which improves broadband speed.

XGS-PON is the successor to XG-PON and the extra ‘S’ in the name stands for symmetrical. Whereas XG-PON delivers 10 Gb/s downstream and 2.5 Gb/s upstream (10/2.5G) using a single fixed wavelength in each direction, XGS-PON delivers 10 Gb/s in both directions and supports dual rate transmission.

“Utilisation of the new XGS-PON technology...

By Ryan Daws, 18 April 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks.

Why operators need to take advantage of the nascent B2B2x market for differentiation

A new report from Arthur D. Little (ADL) outlines how the telecoms industry is set to become more diverse in the coming five years, with an opportunity afoot in B2B2x (business to business to x).

The report, titled ‘Major strategic choices ahead of telcos: Reconfiguring for value’ and which pulled together interviews from more than 100 executives globally, argues that revenues will stabilise, with a modest growth outlook for the majority of European countries. Yet the B2B2x market is slated by ADL...

By James Bourne, 05 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Networks, Operators.

Ofcom seeks cheaper broadband by increasing competition with lower wholesale prices

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom hopes new wholesale price cuts for superfast broadband services will lead to cheaper access for consumers.

The regulator will improve the wholesale pricing of high-speed services from national broadband network Openreach. New technology investments from BT, such as G.Fast, will not be capped at this point as Ofcom believes the caps elsewhere should be sufficient to protect competition and protect consumers from higher prices.

Jonathan Oxley, Ofcom’s...

By Ryan Daws, 31 March 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Networks, OpenFlow, Regulation.

Telecom providers could soon be free to sell your browsing history

A ruling which prevents telecoms providers from selling your browsing history is under threat and could be lifted following a Senate vote on Thursday.

Last year, the former chairman of the FCC, Tom Wheeler, proposed a ruling to prevent telecom providers from profiting by selling private data to third-parties. The ruling passed last October and it was praised by privacy and consumer advocates, but it’s already looking as if it will be retracted.

The resolution is being pushed by 22 Republican...

By Ryan Daws, 23 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Industry, Privacy, Regulation.

Ofcom fines Plusnet £880,000 for billing over a thousand ex-customers

Plusnet has been fined £880,000 by UK telecoms regulator Ofcom for continuing to bill more than a thousand ex-customers after cancelling their contracts.

Remaining funds have been donated to a dozen local charities

The BT-owned company was found to have continued billing a group of customers for their cancelled landline or broadband services. Following an investigation, Ofcom ruled Plusnet broke a fundamental billing role and will be subject to a fine after the 1,025 customers were overcharged...

By Ryan Daws, 22 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Operators, Regulation.

BT Openreach will use VR to recruit 1,500 telecom engineers

Openreach, the subsidiary of BT which manages the majority of the UK’s telecoms infrastructure, has today announced plans to recruit 1,500 new engineers using VR to provide training.

Virtual reality is becoming increasingly viewed as useful for training within the workplace, but it’s yet to be used on a large scale for recruitment. Openreach is exploring VR’s potential benefits for recruitment with an experience which allows interested applicants to use a headset to...

By Ryan Daws, 20 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks.