Let’s play broadband Monopoly: BT Edition

As one of the largest telecommunication groups in the world, British Telecom (BT) is always going to be under the microscope for any signs of monopoly in the industry.

And earlier this week, a report by the Commons public accounts committee highlighted BT as holding an unfair advantage in the rollout of superfast rural broadband - due to government mismanagement.

The Rt Hon Margaret Hodge...

By Ryan Daws, 01 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Operators.

Superfast broadband in the sky?

Accessing superfast broadband in the sky could soon become a reality for travellers after Ofcom appeared to give the green light to the initiative.

The broadcast regulator has set up a regulatory process on the matter and is considering whether or not to approve use of the new technology - called Earth Stations on Mobile Platforms. Not only could in flight connectivity be improved and speeds bolstered for plane passengers, but also for those travelling by boat and train.

Should the move get the go-ahead,...

By Rob Smith, 19 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Infrastructure, Wireless.

Make switching telco providers easier, says regulator Ofcom

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom could be in danger over the next few years; as part of the EU Commission’s plan for a single regulator across Europe – but it doesn’t mean the institution won’t use its weight for good in the meantime...

Speaking at Consumers and Citizens in the Communications Sector - Ed Richards, Chief Executive of Ofcom, calls on the industry to make it simpler for consumers to change communications providers.

Mr Richards made note...

By Ryan Daws, 16 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Government, Industry, Infrastructure.

A journey on the evolution of the G [infographic]

If 4G is ‘super-fast’, the first generation wireless network seems like a crawl in comparison. It’s been a long journey, with the first 1G cellular network launched in Japan back in 1979.

But the rise since then has been nothing short of incredible. And it’s not going to stop any time soon. This year is predicted to see more than one Exabyte of data travelling across the global mobile network every month.

It’s no wonder there was so much excitement at this year’s Mobile World Congress...

By James Bourne, 16 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Infographic, LTE, Wireless.

Microsoft launches White Space pilot in Africa for low-cost broadband

Whilst Bill Gates may be spending less time at Microsoft, instead focusing more on incredible global philanthropic work with his – and his wife Melinda’s – Gates Foundation.

The research teams back at Microsoft have launched a third pilot in Africa to explore the possibility of low-cost broadband.

The Redmond-based giant has had previous forays into Africa under the aptly-named ‘4Afrika’ initiative - now in its third iteration - this current pilot makes use of TV and...

By Ryan Daws, 29 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Africa, Broadband, Consumers, Infrastructure, Research.

World War Web: Preparing for Cyberwarfare

A question I’ve asked myself many times is: if a third World War were to occur today; just how different would it be?

With everything internet-connected as part of the “Internet of Things”, are we leaving ourselves open, and what prevention measures are in place?

 

The main issue these days is we expect our information to be easily available; but with a rise of decentralised and increasingly powerful hacktivist groups, alongside the usual...

Reach 400Gbps speeds with noise-cancellation technology

Take a look at your headphones. They could harness the very technology which could boost broadband speeds to a blistering 400gbps – noise-cancellation.

A research team which is being led by Xiang Liu of Bell Laboratories is looking into using “phase conjugation” to help boost speeds to this incredible level as demand for faster broadband rises.

In the same manner as headphones which detect noise and transmit an inverse set of signals to counter-act the disruption, Xiang wants to implement...

By Ryan Daws, 29 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Broadcast, Cabling, Fiber Optic, Infrastructure, Networks, Research, Telematics.

Project Loon: Google’s wireless networks to be delivered by balloons

As part of an initiative to get cat videos – I mean the internet – out in developing countries; Google has ambitious plans to deliver access in these locations by balloons, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Bear with me on this; this is a strange thing to write about as well as read I’m sure.

 

The concept is to use a combination of CPUs and Android phones to connect a much larger wireless network,...

Upside for multi-screen video delivery via gateways

This year, many broadband service providers in developed markets will have to make a strategic choice -- just cut costs and plan to report more pay-TV subscriber losses, or seek ways to offer greater value-added services and make the required investment in infrastructure. Infonetics Research released excerpts from its latest market study which delves into service provider strategies for deploying residential gateways, the applications driving their deployments, and their top picks for residential gateway vendors, services, technologies, and associated features. "Operators continue to morph their fixed broadband network strategies to focus not only on the size...

By David H. Deans, 20 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Devices, Entertainment, Industry, Infographic, Multi Screen, Operators.

Creating standards for higher-speed networks of tomorrow

The networks of tomorrow will need higher speeds than networks of the past. 

That’s because new applications are increasing bandwidth needs in fiber optic networks.  In addition, cloud computing leads to greater variability in traffic destinations. Customers need new technologies to support communications and dynamic network reconfiguration at higher speeds.

For DWDM (dense wave division multiplexing) transport technologies, the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) is the leading industry...

By Tellabs, 16 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cloud, Fiber Optic, Infrastructure, Networks, Research.

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.

Stay safe with reliable public safety networks

The U.S. government is funding a program to improve public safety. It’s called FirstNet, which has $7B currently available to build a nationwide, public safety network using LTE.

The idea is to create a nation-wide broadband network, which helps police, firefighters, emergency medical service professionals and other public safety officials to do their job safely. In additional to federal funds, the state and local governments are contributing to this initiative. And private companies like Agile Network...

By Tellabs, 02 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Infrastructure, LTE, Mobile, Security.

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.

Researching the digital ecosystem in Latin America

AHCIET and Ovum launched the Observatory of Telecoms Indicators in Latin America. Its objective is to measure and analyze the digital ecosystem as well as identify and quantify the socioeconomic contribution of the telecoms industry to the growth and welfare of the Latin American economy. In its first study, the AHCIET-Ovum Observatory concludes that telecoms services have increased their impact in Latin America. Not only have...

By David H. Deans, 29 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Industry, Infographic, LATAM, Research.

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.

Startling number of European businesses unsatisfied with network service quality

By Mervyn Kelly, Marketing Director EMEA at CienaA survey of over 400 senior IT decision makers amongst enterprises in Western Europe has revealed a startling lack of satisfaction with their connectivity services, as well as what I feel is an opportunity for service providers to directly address their enterprise customer pain points with tailored services.

The findings from this...

By Ciena, 11 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Europe, Networks, Wireless.

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.

Wireless...is it no substitute for wireline?

....Smartphones are a supplement, not a replacement for fixed line.

As I've been noting more than a little bit, we're at an interesting precipice in the broadband sector where AT&T and Verizon are starting to give up on upgrading tens of millions of DSL customers, instead letting them simply flee to cable. That not only creates a much stronger cable monopoly in an already uncompetitive broadband market, but it raises rates for tens of millions of DSL customers, who suddenly face the high(er) prices and steep overages...

By BroadbandNation, 04 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, N America, Wireless.