AT&T was good at seeing the future, not at executing on it...

A few weeks back at the Alcatel Lucent analyst event, author Douglas Coupland treated us to a post-dinner speech on visions of the future. It was an interesting moment, but the highlight for me was these video adverts that he showed from AT&T back in 1993.

What's really interesting to me is that if you project back, it took a fair bit of vision to actually anticipate some of these changes, and if you look closely, every single one of them came true. What's even more interesting to me is that AT&T (or more generally telcos) have virtually no stake in any of those. I've compiled a table to look at who is the key...

By Benoît FELTEN, 20 June 2012, 13 comments. Categories: Broadband, Industry, Operators.

European Commission stresses greater investment in telecoms

The annual Digital Agenda Scoreboard has seen the European Union in pragmatic mood, with the EU stating that while there is a demand for digital expanse, the operation is being undercut by inadequate investment.

Neelie Kroes, vice president of the European Commission, said that Europe was “shooting itself in the foot” because of underfunding and stressed more money be put in to telecommunications infrastructure.

Kroes said: “Europeans are hungry for digital technologies and more digital...

By James Bourne, 18 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Europe, Government.

When perfection does matter

While we often argue against the need for perfection, there is definitely a time and a place when it's required and any discussion about TELCOs should at least try to recognise this.

Although today we see many services as non-essential, just useful and, possibly, fun, it's easy to forget that TELCO networks deliver some fundamental services that can have a critical role to play in our lives.

There...

By Redmill Communications, 24 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Marketing, Operators.

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.

Traffic Evolution Characteristics of the Mobile Internet

Mobile Internet has recently started to become a reality for both users and operators thanks to the success of novel, extremely practical smartphones, portable computers with easy-to-use 3G USB modems and attractive business models. Based on the current trends in telecommunications, vendors prognosticate that mobile networks will suffer an immense traffic explosion in the packet switched domain up to year 2020.

One of the most important reasons of the traffic volume increase in mobile telecommunications is demographical....

By Alex Wanda, 08 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Broadband, M2M, Mobile, Smartphones.

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.

Do data caps punish the wrong users?

Datacaps-thumbIn late 2009, Herman Wagter and myself wrote an article entitled “Is the ‘bandwidth hog’ a myth?” postulating that the way most ISPs were looking at their users’ consumption patterns was misaligned with what really happens in access networks.

In particular, we suggested that the limitations imposed on heavy users (the so-called “bandwidth hogs”) by ISPs hoping to alleviate congestion were unlikely to work because the ISPs’ worldview confused data consumption and bandwidth usage, i.e. how much data was downloaded over a whole period with how...

By Benoît FELTEN, 01 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Government.

Mobile Broadband Drives Service Provider Investment

Infonetics Research released excerpts from its latest global market study of the telecom service provider sector, which analyzes capital expenditures (capex), operational expenses (opex), revenue per user, and subscriber trends by network operator, operator type, region, and telecom equipment segment. Overall, the 6 percent increase in global telecom carrier capex in 2011 over 2010 is due in large part to the AT&T ramping 4G LTE wireless network deployments, HSPA+ upgrades, and investments in Wi-Fi hotspots for traffic offload. The AT&T increase somewhat offsets the Verizon Wireless slowing of mobile infrastructure...

By David H. Deans, 18 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Mobile.

Over 8m Britons have never been online

Around 8 million UK adults have never used the Internet. This equals to just over 16% of the entire UK adult population.

The number of adults that have never been online fell by 299,000 during the three months up to September. This figure has significantly increased since the previous quarter, which fell by only 12,000 people.

This is according to an Internet Access Quarterly Update survey released by the Office of National Statistics. It estimates the...

By Dani Millward, 17 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cabling, Consumers, India, Research.

LTE trial kicks off in London

O2, a UK arm of European telecoms giant Telefonica, has begun the first trial of 4G LTE in the English capital, delivering mobile broadband speeds of up to 150mbps to a sample group of around 100 users.

Over 25 4G sites will go live across London this month, covering a combined area of 40 square kilometres, between now and summer 2012, covering key areas of the capital, including Canary Wharf, Soho, Westminster, South Bank and Kings Cross.

In reality, as experienced with 3G, actual download speeds...

By Matt Henkes, 15 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Europe, LTE, Mobile.

London 2012: Plans for Superfast Broadband Legacy

Preparations for the London 2012 Olympics includes plans for broadband infrastructure upgrades across the UK. Coverage of the sporting events will create a multitude of digital media content, but the ultimate legacy will be a platform for long-term socioeconomic development within the nation. Point Topic predicts there will be over 10.5 million superfast broadband lines in Britain within the next five years. With another 4.6 million cable broadband connections this means that almost 60 percent of broadband...

By David H. Deans, 11 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Europe, Networks.

UK broadband users download 17gb of data a month

UK households with home broadband connections download an average of 17 gigabytes of data a month. This is equivalent to watching 11 movies or 12 hours of pre-recorded television content.

Regulator Ofcom released the figures in its comprehensive ‘Infrastructure Report’, based on Britain’s telecommunications network.

It looked at 200 areas in the UK and how well they support various technologies, including fixed...

By Dani Millward, 02 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Broadband, Consumers, Infrastructure, Operators, Research.

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.

Mobile Broadband Connected Future: From Billions of People to Billions of Things

The purpose of this report is to discuss the opportunity for wirelessly connected devices. We explore two main themes: Why embed devices for mobile connectivity? And why choose to embed the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) family of wireless technologies?

The findings of this report impact mobile operators, mobile infrastructure providers, chipset manufacturers, device original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), solution providers, vertical enterprise industries, horizontal consumer and enterprise...

By Alex Wanda, 13 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Mobile, Networks, Operators.