Amazon muscles in on BT and Sky for Premier League rights: What’s next for each company?

Let’s get one thing straight with regards to Amazon buying a package of Premier League rights: it is, for now, simply a foot in the door. Testing the waters, if you will.

When the major rights were announced in February – Sky and BT Sport securing the primary packages for £4.464 billion – there were two smaller rights packages yet to be resolved. Some believed the packages would be filled by Amazon as part of a testing process. Others were less sure. Whichever, where does this leave...

By James Bourne, 11 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Content, OTT Services.

Ooredoo aims to launch world's first 5G home broadband

Following its launch of the world’s first commercial 5G network last month, Ooredoo is debuting a home broadband device.

Qatar-based Ooredoo claims its home broadband device will offer speeds up to 2 Gbps. That represents over 20 times the speed of the company’s fibre broadband.

Waleed Al Sayed, Chief Executive Officer, Ooredoo Qatar, said:

“Ooredoo is ecstatic to announce that last night, we became the first in the world to have a live commercial 5G home broadband device.

By Ryan Daws, 11 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Innovation, Networks, Operators.

Policy group ETNO calls EU’s telecoms overhaul a ‘missed opportunity’

An overhaul of telecoms laws by the EU has been called a ‘missed opportunity’ by the association which represents Europe's operators.

ETNO (European Telecommunications Network Operators) said the Electronic Communications Code (ECC) “represented a once in a decade chance to simplify and improve the EU rules for the sector in the interest of European citizens and businesses.”

However, “this opportunity has been missed.”

The association believes the ECC...

Fox–Sky Takeover: Government clears bid, if Sky News is sold

The saga of 21st Century Fox’s bid to take over Sky may be coming to a close as Culture Secretary Matt Hancock clears the path for a deal on the basis that Sky News is sold to a suitable buyer.

Fox’s £11.7 billion ($14.6 billion) bid was first launched in 2016. The deal was referred to a ‘phase two’ investigation last June by former Culture Secretary Karen Bradley after it was cleared...

By Ryan Daws, 05 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Government, Industry, Regulation.

ACSI: Streaming TV dominates telecoms industry satisfaction

According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), consumers are far more satisfied with streaming TV over their other telecoms services.

ACSI argues video streaming often avoids the downsides of alternative telecoms services, including subscription TV.

Video Streaming

David VanAmburg, Managing Director at the ACSI, said:

“Streaming services don't have the hidden fees and six-month rates that subscription TV does, not to mention they're cheaper and simpler.

By Ryan Daws, 23 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Entertainment, Industry, IPTV, N America, Operators, OTT Services, Research.

Senate reinstates net neutrality (for now)

In a vote today, Senators managed to narrowly overturn the FCC’s so-called ‘Restoring Internet Freedom Order’ which repealed Obama-era laws ensuring net neutrality.

Net neutrality is the idea that all internet users should be treated equally. Critics argue that heavier users, or services which use greater bandwidth, should pay more to cover infrastructure costs.

If you trust your cable company, you’re not going to like my vote today

Advocates for maintaining net neutrality rules are...

#HAS2018: Huawei CEO tempers 5G expectations

One of Huawei’s rotating CEOs has gone on record to downplay consumer expectations of 5G compared to previous generations

Eric Xu was speaking during the Huawei Analyst Summit (#HAS2018) in Shenzhen when he warned that consumers are unlikely to see a ‘fundamental difference’ between 5G and 4G. For operators planning to charge extra for 5G services, it could be a tough sell to potential customers without many tangible improvements.

Speed is one area where specific...

By Ryan Daws, 17 April 2018, 1 comment. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Mobile, Networks.

Mozilla’s first Internet Health Report is a timely read

Privacy advocates Mozilla have released their first ‘Internet Health Report’ during a year when net neutrality rules are being repealed, and Facebook’s CEO is testifying in front of the Senate over the company’s failure to protect users’ data.

Mozilla expresses concern for a handful of companies with an unhealthy amount of power and influence over the internet. Many of our readers will be able to list at least the Western companies — Google, Facebook, and Amazon. In China,...

By Ryan Daws, 13 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Regulation.

The future of fintech platforms: Innovation and disruption to come

The latest global fintech market study shows that the insurance segment will drive revenues for platform providers, which is the largest proportion of revenues in 2018. This is based on the vast potential for digital distribution within the traditional insurer industry.

That said, wealth management will also grow rapidly, based on the increasing popularity of intelligent software agents called 'robo-advisors'. As the underlying technology improves, roboadvisors will become increasingly autonomous.

Roboadvisor...

By David H. Deans, 17 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Customer Service, Machine Learning.

Lord Adonis: Dear Ofcom, fix ‘deplorable’ mobile coverage

The chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission, Lord Adonis, has written a letter to the head of Ofcom calling for the telecoms regulator to fix ‘deplorable’ mobile phone coverage.

In the letter, Lord Adonis says the regulator should “put all options on the table” to improve mobile phone coverage between now and the next mobile spectrum being auctioned.

Large parts of the country remain without reliable coverage

By Ryan Daws, 18 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Regulation.