Google’s “Fiber TV” app is now available on iPad

TelecomsTech has previously reported about Google’s “Fiber” initiative, bringing high-speed broadband and TV packages to select areas of Kansas City.

As part of the TV service a mobile app had been released on Android – and now a similar app has just been unleashed on the iPad.

 

The app allows users to have complete control of their Fiber TV experience; from browsing, to buying, to even watching on-demand content directly on the tablet itself.

Whilst the Android app is available...

By Ryan Daws, 03 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Fiber Optic, Infrastructure, IPTV.

Have Belgium’s biggest ISPs been sued for providing Internet access?

Three of the largest Belgian internet service providers (ISPs) have not been paying “copyright levies” according to authors’ association Sabam, whilst still offering access to protected materials.

Being taken to court are the ISPs Belgacom, Telenet and Voo. The call (if passed in favour) will mean each of the three companies paying 3.4% of their turnover towards copyright fees.

Sabam, the suing association, is an institution set-up to protect authors, composers, and publishers from having...

By Ryan Daws, 02 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic, Government, Industry, Piracy.

BT and TalkTalk fight, Virgin steps in

The last few weeks for both BT and TalkTalk have been interesting for UK telecoms - some may say slightly pathetic - but a lot is at stake for the broadband companies’ financial future.

Now Virgin Media boss Neil Berkett weighs in, calling for peace to the benefit of all involved.

Fighting words broke out between executives over how much BT wholesales its fibre optic network to rival providers, with TalkTalk bosses asking the Government to impose rules preventing investment into the fibre infrastructure...

By Ryan Daws, 26 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cabling, Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, Operators.

Are we ready for a single European telecoms market?

Last month, Neelie Kroes used her MWC 2013 speech to call for a single Telecoms market, which as Vice President of the European Commission for the Digital Agenda holds some amount of weight. So how has the industry reacted?

The final draft proposal was (and still is) to be issued in October; but now a blueprint will also be made available in June by the European Telecoms industry body ETNO for any amendments to be made well-ahead of release.

This blueprint should aid in preventing any objections and thus...

By Ryan Daws, 22 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Europe, Fiber Optic, Government, Industry, Operators.

Why fiber outperforms copper in telco networks and LANs

Ask a telecom service provider’s CTO, “Would you prefer to operate network infrastructure based on fiber optics or a copper-based network?” These CTOs snap back in a second, “Fiber!”

Now ask a CIO or IT manager, “Would you prefer a local area network (LAN) based on fiber optics or copper?” and you may hear 100 questions.

How did telecom network operators reach the conclusion that fiber is better? It’s smaller, lighter, stronger, higher bandwidth, longer reach...

By Tellabs, 17 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Fiber Optic, Networks.

Optical LAN vs. copper-based LAN: Which performs better?

Network users need more and more bandwidth. At the same time, your CFO wants to reduce IT spending. How can you address both needs with your local area network (LAN)?

With Tellabs Optical LAN, you can gain bandwidth and lower costs at the same time. Optical LAN offers these advantages for enterprises and government agencies:

  • Seamless migration to IP. It’s easy to migrate from plain old telephone service (POTS) to VoIP (voice over Internet protocol), and from RF (radio frequency) video to IP video.
  • Higher throughput. We deliver up to 1G to the...

By Tellabs, 03 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, Fiber Optic, Networks.

FTTH network sharing goes mainstream in Spain

Emeka Obiodu, Principal Analyst, Industry, Communications, and BroadbandVodafone and Orange have announced plans to jointly build a nationwide FTTH network in Spain in an effort to strengthen their positions in the converged services space and compete with Telefonica in the Spanish FTTH market. The plan involves the two partners using the same technical specifications to independently deploy street-level fiber in complementary areas. These complementary networks will then be combined to create a single network, with each...

By Ovum Research, 27 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Fiber Optic, LTE, Networks.

Searching for pockets of growth, but telecom IT convergence is the mega-trend

With carrier capex under pressure, what pockets of growth exist in the optical industry? What type of vendor can best go after these opportunities? Speakers at OFC/NFOEC’s State of the Industry panel disagreed on the answers, but all seemed to accept that these were the right questions to ask.

Ovum’s own Dana Cooperson kicked things off by reminding attendees that, in an industry as huge as telecom (with 2012 service revenues of nearly $2 trillion and capex around $325bn), slow growth comes with the territory. The...

By Ovum Research, 21 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Fiber Optic, Networks, Operators.

More bandwidth sounds better, but keep the debate grounded in reality

Julie Kunstler, Principal Analyst, ComponentsOver the past several weeks, I have been analyzing future bandwidth needs for residential subscribers, and my conclusions are fuzzy at best. I was hoping for clarity from OSA’s Executive Forum panel, The Future of Broadband Access Networks: Towards 1Gbps and Beyond, which took place on Monday March 18 in parallel with OFC/NFOEC. Panelists included Milo Medin, VP of Google Access Services; Ed Harstead, Leader at the Technology Excellence Center and CTO of Alcatel-Lucent’s Fixed Networks...

By Ovum Research, 20 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Content, Fiber Optic, Networks.