BT fights to keep Openreach, with support from Virgin Media

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You would be forgiven to think this is a poor April Fools wind-up, but two of the biggest rivals in telecoms have indeed partnered to fight Ofcom's regulatory pressure to split Openreach from BT once and for all. The two sent a joint letter to the regulator which argues that opening-up the UK broadband market will be a bad decision for consumers.

Vodafone even went as far as to create a dossier on BT’s...

By Ryan Daws, 01 April 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks.

Google backs $300 million Trans-Pacific high-speed internet cable between US and Japan

There's a Mountain View-based tech giant who has a love of speed and the internet, and they prefer it when they're together. The bulk of international internet communications is through a network of undersea fiber cables which link countries together and require significant investment to keep running and protected from the elements.

A new high-speed internet Trans-Pacific cable system (quite the mouthful) is due by Q2 2016 called "FASTER" and, naturally, has got the backing of Google. In addition to Google's...

By Ryan Daws, 12 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic, Google, Industry, Infrastructure.

ISPs invest less and earn more than ever, but could "thin air" technology change this?

The world's biggest internet service providers are investing less in infrastructure than ever; yet earning more than ever according to "over a decade" worth of data by Harvard scholar Susan Crawford and telecom analyst Mitchell Shapiro. But could new technology change this?

"Comcast’s capex (capital expenditure) to revenue ratio climbed as high as 37 percent in 2001, following very large-scale acquisitions, a relatively large proportion of which required substantial...

By Ryan Daws, 25 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Fiber Optic, Infrastructure, Networks, Research.

AT&T sends mixed messages with 1Gbps FTTH service

Kamalini Ganguly, Senior Analyst, Industry, Communications, and Broadband

AT&T has launched a variation of its U-verse service – U-verse with GigaPower – in Austin, Texas. It includes a 300Mbps FTTH broadband service which AT&T claims will be automatically upgraded to 1Gbps in a few months’ time. AT&T’s efforts to offer 1Gbps FTTH broadband to the consumer are laudatory but likely to confuse its customers and shareholders. If 1Gbps is the future, what is the future of...

By Ovum Research, 19 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic, Networks, Operators.

Why radio can beat fibre in broadband delivery

The Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) initiative has been widely covered in the media in recent months. BT was chosen by the government to deliver UK-wide superfast connectivity via fibre optic cables, but it has transpired that the initiative will leave 10% of the country completely without superfast Internet access.

One of the reasons for this is that fibre isn’t always a commercially viable solution for Internet connectivity in rural areas because of the complexity and cost involved in fibre...

By Dave Pinnington, 03 December 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic.

DC Comics' The Flash breaks wireless transmission record!

By “The Flash”, we actually mean researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Baden-Württemberg, Germany; but it’s certainly quick-as-a-flash speeds in which they’ve broken the wireless transmission record!

Cable-based telecommunication networks require massive investment; which doesn’t always even reach as far as many would like.

This leaves many rural areas with limited to no access. Through the use of broadband data transmission via radio relay links; it...

By Ryan Daws, 15 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic, Research, Wireless.

Mobile operators included in superfast broadband talks

For the first time; executives from EE, Vodafone, and Three will take part in discussions alongside fixed cable providers about the rollout of superfast broadband to parts of the country either not covered; or with limited access.

As part of its superfast broadband coverage plans; the government announced back in June of this year that it will be putting aside £250m in the hopes that 95 percent of UK premises will have access to superfast broadband by 2017.

The funding is alongside the controversial £520m...

By Ryan Daws, 09 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, Operators.

UK smart metering needs future-proofing with cellular networks

With the Department of Energy and Climate Change due to make a decision this summer on what communication technology will be used to support the installation of smart meters in every home and small business by 2020, there was a significant development recently for those living in rural areas.

The Government has appointed a provider to deliver its £150 million Mobile Infrastructure Project (MIP) which will see cellular mobile phone services based on open standards extended to rural “not...

By Dr Mike Short, 17 July 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Fiber Optic, M2M, Networks.