Editorial: A look at Gavin Patterson’s five-year tenure as BT CEO

The CEO of BT, Gavin Patterson, is stepping down after a five-year tenure in the post which has seen the business go through substantial changes.

During his time, Patterson handled the mobile industry-shaking £12.5bn acquisition of the UK’s biggest mobile operator, EE.

Patterson also oversaw the split of the Openreach fibre broadband network from BT into its own company and worked to modernise the company’s IPTV offerings as OTT players like Amazon Prime aim to replace traditional...

Policy group ETNO calls EU’s telecoms overhaul a ‘missed opportunity’

An overhaul of telecoms laws by the EU has been called a ‘missed opportunity’ by the association which represents Europe's operators.

ETNO (European Telecommunications Network Operators) said the Electronic Communications Code (ECC) “represented a once in a decade chance to simplify and improve the EU rules for the sector in the interest of European citizens and businesses.”

However, “this opportunity has been missed.”

The association believes the ECC...

Wireless Broadband Alliance outlines requirements for cross-network IoT device roaming

The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has outlined requirements for cross-network IoT device roaming – while addressing the necessity to come up with a dynamic method for IoT devices to hunt for a computable network and automatically roam at scale without interruption.

The whitepaper from the alliance focuses on the general needs to allow IoT devices to establish connection with a non-home access network, fruitfully authenticate, enable accounting and facilitate subsequent billing, while considering the...

By Telecoms, 30 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, IoT, Networks, Wireless.

ACSI: Streaming TV dominates telecoms industry satisfaction

According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), consumers are far more satisfied with streaming TV over their other telecoms services.

ACSI argues video streaming often avoids the downsides of alternative telecoms services, including subscription TV.

Video Streaming

David VanAmburg, Managing Director at the ACSI, said:

“Streaming services don't have the hidden fees and six-month rates that subscription TV does, not to mention they're cheaper and simpler.

By Ryan Daws, 23 May 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Entertainment, Industry, IPTV, N America, Operators, OTT Services, Research.

Qualcomm and Facebook seek to deliver gigabit WiFi

Facebook has been talking about its gigabit WiFi project Terragraph since 2016, but we now have a partner and a date for trials.

Terragraph aims to be an alternative to fibre broadband using 60GHz millimetre-wave wireless. It will use 802.11ay technology, designed to be the successor to 802.11ad wireless.

Yael Maguire, VP of Connectivity at Facebook, says:

“We’re excited to work with Qualcomm Technologies to advance the adoption of pre-802.11ay and 802.11ad 60GHz technologies...

By Ryan Daws, 22 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, WiFi, Wireless.

Is now the time for 5G wireless to disrupt the broadband status quo?

Across the globe, most wireline service providers operate in a monopoly or duopoly environment where competition is limited and somewhat predictable. The prior limitations of wireless broadband internet access have not impacted the wireline status-quo. That could change.

The worldwide fixed wireless broadband access market has been growing steadily over the past several years. ABI Research now forecasts that the market will grow by 30 percent in 2018 and will generate $18 billion in service revenue. That...

By David H. Deans, 22 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Networks.

Brits overpay for broadband while receiving half the advertised speed

According to research, many British households are both overpaying for their services and receiving broadband speeds half as fast as they were advertised.

Communications regulator Ofcom recently conducted research which found around four million UK households could be saving money on broadband.

Broadband customers often sign up to good welcome offers for a set term, but then forget to shop around or negotiate with their existing provider once their contract is up.

Once an offer is up, plans can jump...

By Ryan Daws, 18 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Marketing, Operators, Regulation.

Senate reinstates net neutrality (for now)

In a vote today, Senators managed to narrowly overturn the FCC’s so-called ‘Restoring Internet Freedom Order’ which repealed Obama-era laws ensuring net neutrality.

Net neutrality is the idea that all internet users should be treated equally. Critics argue that heavier users, or services which use greater bandwidth, should pay more to cover infrastructure costs.

If you trust your cable company, you’re not going to like my vote today

Advocates for maintaining net neutrality rules are...

EE’s new 4G home broadband antenna plans to connect 580,000 homes across the UK

EE has announced trials of a new 4G home broadband antenna that it expects will provide more than 580,000 UK homes with high-speed internet for the first time.

The new 4G home broadband solution combines the 4GEE Home Router with a powerful external antenna and professional installation service. EE believes it will deliver high-speed internet in rural areas that can only access broadband speeds under 10Mbps today.

Sarah...

By Ryan Daws, 09 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators, Rural.

Openreach use drones to connect rural areas with fast broadband

Openreach is using drones to quickly bring high-speed fibre broadband to rural areas.

The drones help to lay a fibre cable across routes that would have been difficult to deploy across. Due to the small drones used, the actual fibre cable was too heavy for them to lift directly.

Instead, Openreach engineers are using the drones to fly a high-strength fishing line around 100 meters and drop it across the top...

By Ryan Daws, 30 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Fiber Optic, Infrastructure, Networks, Rural.

Ericsson predicts one billion 5G subscriptions by 2023 in latest report

Ericsson has looked into its crystal ball for its latest Mobility Report and come up with the goods: by 2023, there will be one billion 5G subscriptions, while global mobile data traffic will be more than 100 exabytes per month.

5G will cover more than 20% of the world’s population by the end of 2023, with early deployments expected in the US, South Korea, Japan and China. In terms of more general geographical trends, North America will lead 5G uptake, Ericsson says, expecting to account for 37% of all...

By James Bourne, 28 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Networks, Research.

Vodafone partners with CityFibre to topple the broadband giants

Vodafone is teaming up with CityFibre in a bid to offer a true alternative to Openreach and Virgin Media in the fibre broadband arena.

In the UK today, consumers have two major options when it comes to fibre broadband. You can go with an Openreach-leased network — such as BT, Sky, or TalkTalk — or there’s Virgin Media.

CityFibre is hoping to offer an alternative to these broadband giants...

By Ryan Daws, 09 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Fiber Optic, Networks, Operators.

NBN is on the rise (in terms of complaints)

Complaints surrounding the National Broadband Network (NBN) are rocketing as consumers face ongoing issues.

Australia’s NBN rollout has been fraught with problems from the beginning. ISPs point the blame at the NBN operators, while NBN operators point the blame at ISPs. Through all the finger-pointing, consumers are suffering.

New connections are often facing delays while existing connections are being deemed “fully...

By Ryan Daws, 18 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure.

Nokia launches ‘carrier-grade’ WiFi system for the home

Nokia is using its experience as a telecoms vendor to help solve home WiFi problems with the announcement of a ‘carrier-grade’ system.

The system is available for carriers to provide to their customers and promises ‘unmatched gigabit coverage to every corner of the home, getting rid of dead zones and interference.’

Nokia plans on achieving this by implementing new ‘Air-IQ’ technology from Broadcom which can identify 17 unique interference...

By Ryan Daws, 09 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Fiber Optic, Operators, WiFi, Wireless.

Research: Mobile broadband penetration significantly boosts the economy

A report has found that increasing mobile broadband penetration has a significant impact on a country's economy. The research, conducted by Ericsson and the Imperial College of London, examines data from 135 countries.

Researchers found that as mobile broadband penetration increases by 10 percent; a 0.6 - 1.6 percent growth in GDP is observed. In 2016, this equated to anywhere between $500 billion to $2 trillion.

By Ryan Daws, 02 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Research, Rural.

NBN CEO: ISPs are to blame for dissatisfaction

Bill Morrow, CEO of Australia’s NBN, has placed the blame on ISPs for customer dissatisfaction.

The NBN (National Broadband Network) was designed to improve the nation’s connectivity and ensure Australia has the required infrastructure for businesses and consumers to embrace the digital future. Over half the country is now able to connect to the NBN, and it has over 2.2 million paying customers, but not everyone is happy.

ISPs are ‘cutting corners’ by not buying enough...

By Ryan Daws, 31 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Capacity, Connectivity, Consumers, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

Samsung and Arqiva launch Europe’s first 5G FWA trial in central London

Following a statement of intent back in February, Samsung and Arqiva have kicked off the first European trial of 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) in central London.

The partners chose the UK for its low broadband penetration and promising spectrum conditions. With 5G FWA being pitched as offering an alternative to fibre broadband, the UK offers a great opportunity for Samsung and Arqiva to demonstrate its possibilities.

By Ryan Daws, 26 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Mobile, Networks.

Spiderman pleads guilty to hacking 900,000 broadband routers last year

Spiderman has pleaded guilty to a hack which took 900,000 broadband routers offline last year.

Just to clarify, we’re not talking about Marvel’s iconic web-slinging hero, but rather a hacker authorities referred to as ‘Spiderman’ when he was picked up back in February.

The 29-year old man was arrested by British police at Luton airport on behalf of Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office who alleged he was responsible for hacking the broadband...

By Ryan Daws, 25 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Industry, Security.

BBC Watchdog calls out Virgin Media for slow broadband – as stores close and staff voice dissatisfaction

The BBC’s consumer affairs show, Watchdog, will call out Virgin Media tonight for slow broadband with tests revealing that some consumers are only getting three percent of the download speed they were sold.

Many consumers are being told their slow download speeds are due to over-utilisation in their area, but packages are still being sold advertising much higher speeds than customers are receiving. Watchdog highlights Virgin Media promotes speeds up to 200Mbps, but this is old...

By Ryan Daws, 05 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry.