Ofcom gives Everything Everywhere green light to launch UK 4G

For nine months the UK telecoms industry held its breath as it awaited Ofcom’s decision on whether to allow Everything Everywhere to launch 4G services using its existing holding of spectrum.

Then on August 21, 2012 Ofcom granted that liberalisation. The decision has been seen as firmly pro-consumer, but it has angered rival operators. While it is not a perfect outcome, it does mean that the UK moves a step closer to finally getting 4G, which could arrive as soon as September this year.

Ofcom’s...

By Ovum Research, 22 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Europe, Fiber Optic, LTE, Operators.

Google Fiber: not as revolutionary as we thought?

 Yesterday was the big day that Google announced its Kansas City Google Fiber launch. I wasn’t available for the live broadcast, but from what I’ve had the time to read the announcement is rather underwhelming. I will however reserve full judgment until I’ve had time to look into it more thoroughly.

There are three aspects where Google was expected to strongly disrupt things: services, costs and...

By Benoît FELTEN, 27 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Fiber Optic, Google.

Is Google Glass the prototype killer app for Fiber?

The one thing I probably get asked the most about the Fiber Revolution is “what is the killer app for Fiber?

I dislike the question: I think the frame of mind that leads one to asking the question is potentially dangerous.

If Edison had asked himself what the killer app was for electricity, the obvious answer would have been light. I could have led him to...

By Benoît FELTEN, 05 July 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Fiber Optic, Google.

Will China Mobile offer fiber-to-the-home?

Within a year, people in China could apply for fiber-to-the-home service from China Mobile.

No, this is not a typo. Reports say the largest wireless operator is within arm’s reach to receive a broadband license and is quietly gearing up construction of optical transport networks and access networks.

In late 2011, speculation began to circulate that the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) was reassessing the notion of “full-service” operator as a means to break through the...

By Dr Lin Sun, 02 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, China, Fiber Optic, Industry.

Beware of broadband monopoly, small TELCOs warn

Alternative TELCOs have called on the European Commission to lower wholesale charges and have warned that unless the “copper gravy train” is put to an end, broadband services will revert to the monopolies of before.

Under what they called “discriminatory conduct” from the bigger firms, the European Competitive Telecommunication Association (ECTA) asserted that the larger providers are ripping smaller TELCOs off for their legacy copper infrastructure.

According to ECTA, this in turn is...

By James Bourne, 22 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Europe, Fiber Optic.

UK broadband targets face £1bn shortfall

A report from the London School of Economics predicts that the UK government’s plans for universal access to fast broadband will face a £1.1bn ($1.8bn) shortfall unless private investors step in.The report states that the likely cost of meeting the targets (which stipulate 100 per cent access to fast broadband and 90 per cent access to superfast broadband by 2015) will come to £2.4bn, but funding from all public sources will come to £1.3bn.“The government target of 100 per cent coverage by basic...

By Connected Numbers, 10 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic, Networks, Wireless.

Beijing Correspondent: China's journey into the broadband elite

By Beijing Correspondent Dr Lin Sun

In early 2011, China Telecom (CTC), the largest fixed-line operator, launched “Broadband Country-Op-Net Cities.” The goal was a ten-fold increase in download speed to 20Mbps in most urban households and 100Mbps for most businesses by 2015.

The plan is quite bold given the reality that most access today is DSL at about 1-2Mbps and many old buildings are not pre-wired for FTTH...

By Dr Lin Sun, 07 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, China, Consumers, Fiber Optic.

Billions for new EU broadband funding plan

The EU will this week announce plans for an €9.2bn broadband rollout project across the continent as part of a huge infrastructure development project that is expected to create hundreds of thousands of new jobs over the next few years.

The scheme forms part of a €50bn infrastructure finance package for Europe, modernising digital, energy and transport networks across the continent.

It is hoped that the broadband package will stimulate further investment in projects like rural broadband, where...

By Matt Henkes, 17 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cabling, Europe, Fiber Optic.

Here's to "robust competition."

Us_dp One of the sad things about the state of the US telecom market is that the balance of power between business and politics is completely out of whack. A few weeks ago I had an opportunity to talk with the Mayor of Chattanooga, Ron Littlefield.

He told me that when Chattanooga started looking into deploying FTTH to power...

By Benoît FELTEN, 05 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, Fiber Optic, Government, Industry, N America.

Forget incentives to incumbents and eliminate hurdles to all others!

In a speech yesterday, EU commissioner for information society Neelie Kroes announced some new proposals to boost investment in Next-Generation Networks. The plan in a nutshell stands in three bullet points:

  • force a reduction in copper wholesale prices to diminish the profitability of copper vs. fiber
  • reward copper to fiber switchover by granting higher copper wholesale prices to incumbents who do switchover
  • inject €6.4bn of public funds

What the plan tries to do really is to reduce what the commission perceives as an excessive gap in short-term profitability between copper and fiber. Kroes seems to believe that this incentive will be enough for incumbents to make the jump and finally invest in their...

By Benoît FELTEN, 04 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, Europe, Fiber Optic, Government, Industry, Infrastructure.