EU broadband budget slashed by 90 percent, plans in tatters

A budget reshuffle from the European Union has culminated in the European broadband budget being cut by 90%, from €9.2 billion (£7bn) to €1 billion (£859m) and leaving original broadband rollout plans in tatters.

The original plans were for every building in Europe to have access to a 30Mbps or faster connection by 2020, but they seem to have been kyboshed by this latest cut. The overall EU infrastructure investment budget has been slashed from €50bn to €24bn.

Neelie Kroes, digital agenda VP...

By James Bourne, 12 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Europe.

Operators: Learning from the past for 4G success

After going live across 11 major cities in the UK, 4G has had its fair share of praise and criticism. It undoubtedly brings with it the promise of increased demand for faster downloads and seamless streaming services, but that's kind of missing the point.

What do operators need to consider building the right 4G propositions and delivering them smoothly? Are there relevant learnings from the previous move from 2.5G to 3G?

With Everything Everywhere’s competitors getting ready to launch their respective...

By Rob Smith, 22 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Broadband, Networks, Operators.

Will TV Everywhere reverse the trend for Pay-TV?

U.S. broadband subscriptions are forecast to reach the same level as pay-TV subscriptions in 2016. Meanwhile, American cable and satellite TV service providers will soon reach a critical point in their evolution -- where future success will hinge on the adoption of their TV Everywhere services. "Based on our continuing analysis of TV Everywhere and over-the-top (OTT) services like Netflix, it’s clear that the U.S. pay-TV industry has reached a historic juncture," said Tom Adams, director and principal analyst at

By David H. Deans, 22 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, IPTV, N America, Smart TV.

Tipping point: Four indicators your ageing network needs a makeover

Ian Pepper is Ciena’s Senior Director for Regional Professionals Services, and leads Ciena’s Network Transformation Solutions efforts in EMEA.

Today’s service provider model is being squeezed from all sides. Providers are seeing rising costs in areas such as energy and rack space, customers are rapidly shifting to evermore bandwidth-hungry services, and the current unprecedented global economic...

By Ciena, 08 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Networks, Operators.

Ofcom looks into mid-contract mobile and broadband price hikes

A consultation document released today by Ofcom has revealed plans allowing UK consumers to leave a phone and broadband contract freely if the provider introduces a mid-term price rise.

From the providers’ standpoint, this could seem harsh; however, this may come as welcome news to long-suffering consumers, with the telecommunications regulator examining the issue after 1,600 complaints in the eight months leading up to May 2012.

The news comes amidst O2 putting prices up on line rental – 3.2%...

By James Bourne, 03 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Government, Mobile.

ITU talks end in failure as US, UK refuse to sign treaty

The two week International Telecommunications Union (ITU) world conference has ended with talks collapsing over the effective future governance of the Internet.

Having been hosted in Dubai for nearly 2000 delegates worldwide, the UN’s ITU World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) attempted to revise the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) treaty, not amended since 1988. These regulations are, as one would expect, somewhat...

By James Bourne, 14 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, Industry, Operators.

Evolution of the internet model does not need ITU intervention at this time

James Robinson, Associate Analyst, Regulation & Policy, Ovum

During December 2012, International Telecommunications Union (ITU) member states are meeting to debate the future regulation of the Internet. Members are discussing proposals by the ITU to amend the International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs), which have provided rules for global telecoms for over two decades.

The ITU feels that the existing regulatory framework is ill-equipped to deal with the challenges stemming from increasing data volumes and...

By Ovum Research, 12 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, Industry, Operators.

Thailand is playing catch-up in auctioning spectrum for mobile broadband

By James Robinson, Associate Analyst, Regulation & Policy

A decade after most countries awarded 3G licenses at 2.1GHz, Thailand has finally taken its first steps to catch up with them, conducting its own auction of frequencies in this band.

In October 2012 the National Broadcasting and Telecoms Commission (NBTC) auctioned 45MHz of spectrum to three mobile operators. The auction raised only a fraction above the minimum price, and the Ministry of Finance has since issued a complaint to the National...

By Ovum Research, 26 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Broadband, Research.

Nearly 750m fixed broadband homes by 2017, says research

According to a new report from Digital TV Research, the number of fixed broadband households worldwide will hit 745 million by 2017 – up from the figure of 578m by the end of 2012.

Further, the research predicts that of the 167m additions, China will supply 73m and India 22m. Given 2010’s figure was 473m, this represents solid year-on-year growth.

By 2017, it is expected that China will have just over 250m fixed broadband households. The USA remains second on 100.9m, with Japan (40.6m), India...

By James Bourne, 23 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Industry, Research.

How to fix broadband as a service

Martin Geddes is one of the smartest brains in the business, and a good friend. That doesn’t stop us from disagreeing on a number of things (business related), the chief one being the notion that internet in general and IP routing specifically are broken and need fixing. That being said, and while I’m open to hearing any well constructed argument – even those I think I’ll disagree with – I never understood the technology reasoning behind that...

By Benoît FELTEN, 20 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Industry.

Google Fiber is finally here, but will it be a success?

Google has started to install its Fiber TV and broadband service in Hanover Heights, Kansas City, KS, giving residents in the US state internet of up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps).

The search giant has expressed its desire to be part of the internet service provider (ISP) business since 2010, and more than 1100 cities had wanted to be part of the new Fiber service. Eventually however, Google chose Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri, to test-drive the system.

The service offers a variety of...

By James Bourne, 14 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic, Google.

What are the latest broadband speed trends?

The UK suffers from a “massive discrepancy” in broadband speeds and should be aiming for the standards of Singapore where broadband speeds have doubled, according to a report.

A report from UK-based wireless comparison providers uSwitch.com has uncovered a ‘massive discrepancy’ between certain streets for broadband speed – and warns that the gap...

By James Bourne, 08 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Infrastructure, Wireless.

Hypervoice: The fundamental flaw in the proposal

MartingeddesI am a huge fan of Martin Geddes, but he and I disagree fundamentally on one key part of what he is now calling "hypervoice".
NOTE: Listen to Martin discussing his idea here

To back up a bit, Martin has always been one of the "big thinkers" in realm of VoIP and telephony/telecom. Way back in mid-2000s when a number of us all started writing about VoIP, Martin's Telepocalypse blog was brilliant. He was always thinking about the "big picture" and drawing connections where they were not already apparent.

His work with "Telco 2.0" was excellent and it was no surprise when he went to work for BT looking at their strategy. Now that he is back out on his own as a consultant, I'm a subscriber to his "Future of Communications" email newsletter (subscribe on

By Dan York, 16 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Industry, VoiP.

ARCEP favours an uncomplicated, flexible approach to net neutrality

By James Robinson, Associate Analyst, Regulation & Policy

On September 20, 2012 ARCEP, the French telecoms regulator, submitted to the French government and parliament its report on net neutrality.

ARCEP is just one of many regulators to engage with this issue, which has become progressively more important for stakeholders as the volume of Internet traffic has increased, leading to questions regarding control.

Certain positions on transparency and network management have become widely accepted, although...

By Ovum Research, 27 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, Net Neutrality, Networks, Regulation.

Broadband still too expensive for developing nations, warns ITU

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has revealed in their latest report that the cost of getting broadband outweighs monthly incomes in 19 of the world’s poorest countries.

The 100 page report, entitled “The State of Broadband 2012: Achieving Digital Inclusion for All” has detailed a county-by-country analysis on how global broadband deployment was being achieved – or, in the case of some nations, not being...

By James Bourne, 26 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Research.

How WebRTC will disrupt telecom (and change the Internet)

Old phoneIf we step back to before 1993, publishing and finding content on the Internet was a somewhat obscure, geeky thing that a very few people cared about and very few knew how to do.

It involved gopher servers, ftp sites, archie, veronica, WAIS, USENET newsgroups, etc., and this "World-Wide Web" service primarily demonstrated via the server at info.cern.ch.

It was an amazing period of time for those of us who were there, but the number of users was quite small.

Then NCSA released Mosaic in 1993 ... and suddenly everything changed.

Anyone could create a web page that "regular" people could see on their computers. Anyone could download Mosaic and use it. Anyone could share their sites with the installation of server software.

The Web was truly born into public consciousness... the creation of Web-based content was democratised so that anyone could do it... the creativity of developers was unleashed... a zillion new business models were thought of... and the Internet fundamentally...

By Dan York, 19 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Developers, VoiP.

UK broadband regs change: State aid by any other name?

It would be an understatement from my part to stress that I don’t think broadband proceedings in the UK are going in the right direction.

It’s the prerogative of any private business – including incumbent BT – to focus on short term gains when it comes to enhancing their infrastructure, but it’s a lot more questionable when a government doesn’t look beyond the short-term either.

Furthermore, the BDUK process, by effectively eliminating anyone but BT and Fujitsu (and word on the street is...

By Benoît FELTEN, 12 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Europe, Fiber Optic.

OnLive and the sad lesson of online’s (near) demise

I remember back in 2002-2003 looking at all those online TV concepts and (as a potential customer) finding it amazing to have so much choice and access to niche content that mainstream media would never offer.

In France there was a company called Canal Web which offered really amazing stuff. They folded in 2003: the quality of content delivery over the broadband that was available at the time...

By Benoît FELTEN, 04 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cloud, Fiber Optic.

Hong Kong beats South Korea to broadband speed crown

Hong Kong has overtaken South Korea in having the fastest broadband in the world for both mobile and fixed connections.

The latest State of the Internet report from content delivery providers Akamai showed that Hong Kong’s average peak connection speed hit 49.2Mbps in the first quarter of 2012, with long-time leader South Korea relegated to second place with 47.8Mbps.

These two nations were streets ahead of Japan (39.5), Romania (38.8) and Latvia (33.5) who comprised the top five peak speeds.

South...

By James Bourne, 15 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Broadband.