‘White space’ devices are on the way, says Ofcom

Ofcom, the broadcasting regulator of the United Kingdom, has called for a pilot of an innovative new batch of “white space” devices utilising gaps in the radio spectrum.

The plan is to use white space in order to test broadcasts which will not interfere with any current spectrum. This will be enforced by broadcasters only being allowed to utilise where the spaces are, and the power levels they are restricted to on a dedicated website updated by Ofcom.

The scheme will initially launch in the autumn...

By Ryan Daws, 29 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Entertainment, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Smartphones, Telematics.

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.

Is your ISP delivering the advertised speeds?

New FCC Data Names and Shames Under Performers Like AT&T

Back in 2011 the FCC began collecting real-world user broadband data from customized routers, then issuing reports on which ISPs were failing to deliver advertised speeds. It's one of the few FCC policies in recent years that has truly paid dividends for consumers. The first report "named and shamed" several larger ISPs like Cablevision for offering horrible peak performance, offering...

By BroadbandNation, 08 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, N America, Wireless.

How the big mobile broadband crisis was avoided

Infonetics Research released excerpts of the findings that resulted from its latest global market study, which analyzed wireless communications radio frequency spectrum allocation and needs in the world’s top economies. “Seven years ago the International Telecommunication Union predicted the world would need twice as much radio frequency spectrum as is allocated now, and that was even before the advent of the data-hungry Apple iPhone," said Stéphane Téral, principal analyst at Infonetics Research. But if the ITU forecast had held true, all mobile communications networks with significant broadband usage...

By David H. Deans, 05 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, Wireless.

ARCEP’s refarming decision presents operators with a 4G opportunity

James Robinson, Associate Analyst, Regulation and PolicyARCEP, the French communications regulator, has announced that from October 1, 2013 Bouygues Telecom will be permitted to refarm its spectrum in the 1800MHz band in order to provide 4G services. The regulator has decided to lift the GSM restrictions from Bouygues’ 1800MHz license, provided that it relinquishes a certain amount of its holding beforehand. In addition, all spectrum licenses in the country will become technologically neutral from May...

By Ovum Research, 03 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Government, LTE, Operators.

How are US citizens using mobiles for financial services?

The majority of US citizens aren’t using mobile banking services because they simply don’t need it, and their banking needs were being adequately met without the use of mobile banking.

That’s the big takeaway from the Federal Reserve (FRB), who has brought out a mammoth 79-page document on how consumers interact with mobile financial services and found that the use of mobiles to access bank accounts and credit cards went up in the United States last year.

But 54% of those surveyed felt they...

By James Bourne, 28 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Government, N America, Research.

Outraged FCC takes strong action, shakes finger at robocallers

Barred by law from imposing fines on first offenders, the agency can only issue threats.

Your cell phone rings. You pause the movie, untangle from your significant other, and stride across the room to answer it. “Hello there!” says the cheerful recorded voice. “We’re calling about your credit card! Are you paying too much interest?”

You stab at the hang-up button and head back to...

By Francisco Montero, 28 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Infrastructure, N America.

Industry think tank pretends US broadband is secretly awesome

When you're indisputably mediocre in nearly every broadband ranking due to limited competition and regulatory capture, what's a monopoly and/or duopoly broadband market to do? For much of the last decade the US broadband industry's answer to that question is to shell out millions to fauxcademics, astroturfers, paid think tankers and assorted hired flacks to argue that United States broadband is secretly awesome and you just didn't know it.

The tactic is far more successful than it should be, thanks to a press that often...

By BroadbandNation, 22 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, N America.