Report predicts 100 million gigabit broadband subscribers by 2020 – fuelled by G.fast technology

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A report published by leading broadband analyst firm Point Topic suggests the number of gigabit subscribers could reach 100 million by 2020, with most of the growth coming from the APAC region. 

G.fast technology is expected to drive this rapid growth – which although can only currently deliver gigabit speeds over a short distance – it can already secure speeds to...

By Ryan Daws, 05 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Capacity, Connectivity, G.fast, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators.

Research: Slow broadband is costing SMEs

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Although it's anticipated the average employee spends just 15 minutes per day waiting for web-based requests to complete – across eight members of staff that adds up to a full day wasted over the course of a week. 

In new research commissioned by Virgin Media Business, over 1,100 senior "decision makers" in small UK businesses were questioned about the...

By Ryan Daws, 25 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Research, SMEs.

Swisscom brings fixed-line and mobile closer together

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As part of a significant investment to expand its advanced broadband network, Swisscom has announced it will bring fixed line and mobile networks closer together using DSL + LTE bonding technology. 

The initial trial, scheduled to begin this month, will target a small number of residential customers and deliver bandwidth of up to 20Mbps during the first phase. Higher broadband speeds are...

By Ryan Daws, 18 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Broadband, Capacity, Connectivity, G.fast, Infrastructure, Networks.

Broadband Forum Chairman highlights slow G.fast deployment consequences

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CES is among the most important events of the year for technology companies, as it offers a platform to showcase all the upcoming innovations which consumers will have access to in the not-so-distant future. At least, if operators have the infrastructure to prepare for the demand which these new technologies will place on the network. 

The chairman of the Broadband...

By Ryan Daws, 07 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, G.fast, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Networks, Operators.

Ofcom reveals the worst telecoms providers of Q3 2015

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Ofcom has published data this morning which reveals the worst telecoms providers in terms of complaints the regulator had received over a three-month period from July to September 2015. It contains data about 13 providers of landline, fixed line broadband, mobile, and pay TV services. 

Across most of the board, the overall volume of complaints made to Ofcom increased between...

By Ryan Daws, 15 December 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Industry, Mobile, Operators, Regulation, Research.

Opinion: BT and Openreach are part of a wider debate about Universal Service Obligations

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What to do about Openreach? It’s a question that’s been dominating the telecoms sector for months now, and yet we still don’t seem to be any closer to finding an answer that will quell unrest among service providers. But is the question in fact a bigger one, which goes beyond the current squabbles about BT and Openreach? Is there a need for Ofcom to review its Universal...

By Alastair Masson, 09 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Regulation.

Argentina to see minimal growth in telecom service revenue through 2018

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A report available at Research and Markets reveals that telecom revenue in Argentina declined 17.1% in 2014, in terms of US$, as the local currency underwent devaluation. Total telecom service revenue is set to witness negligible growth, rising from $9.36 billion in 2014 to $9.96 billion in 2018.

In 2014, the Argentine mobile market brought in 73.4% of all telecom revenue, totaling 62.22 million SIM connections. Mobile broadband lines comprised 41.2% of those SIMs.

The number of...

By Telecoms, 03 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Operators.

Opinion: Future proofing networks for increasing demands

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Broadband networks are built with the aim of lasting for decades and they need to support increasingly heavy traffic at higher bandwidths. Factors that contribute to the network’s reliability and longevity, such as the need for good fibre/cable management and highly reliable connections throughout the network, have been accepted as...

By Sam Leeman, 22 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cabling, Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, Telematics.

Alcatel-Lucent debuts new "ultra broadband" technologies

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Alcatel-Lucent appears set to be acquired by Nokia after getting over the final hurdle it needed of winning the approval of China's Ministry of Commerce. It's not hard to see why Nokia is so bullish about gaining the company's talent and technology, with the amount of innovations being pumped-out of Alcatel's labs...

Today, Alcatel-Lucent...

By Ryan Daws, 20 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Connectivity, Fiber Optic, G.fast, Innovation.

Small chip harnesses White Space to solve rural coverage issues

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Google might be looking into extravagant methods of solving rural broadband coverage problems, but a small chip designed by Saankhya Labs in Bengaluru could be a more feasible solution in the short-term of connecting more people in remote communities to the rest of...

By Ryan Daws, 19 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Developing Countries, India, Infrastructure, Innovation, Rural.

Bristol tops UK superfast broadband table, Hull rated worst

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Based on new figures from ThinkBroadband, Bristol has the best superfast broadband coverage in the UK with 97 percent of the city having access to a high-speed connection. In addition to the fastest average download and upload speeds in the country, these figures should put the city in good stead to achieve its "tech hub"...

By Ryan Daws, 14 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Fiber Optic, Infrastructure.

'Project Loon' is almost ready for lift-off

Google's ambitious plan to connect the world via balloons, Project Loon, is preparing for lift-off as the web giant reports it has "almost perfected" the technology and will announce its first operator partners in Africa soon. 

Speaking at the GSMA Mobile 360 conference in South Africa, the good news comes from Google's regional business lead, Wael Fakharany. He believes that it's now "time to scale" the technology in Africa, and connect people to the rest of the world via high-speed broadband. 

Of...

The future of converged services – will it be triple-play or quad-play that comes out on top?

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Converged services are not new in the telecommunications world. For the last decade many providers have bundled their fixed line telephony and broadband services into one, with great success. In the UK, 46% of households purchase a so called ‘double-play’ package of this kind.  More recently, triple-play packages have entered the market place, combining fixed line...

By Rob Green, 06 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Industry.

Alcatel-Lucent and Chunghwa Telecom begin world’s first commercial G.fast deployment

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G.fast is hailed as being the next step for broadband technology; despite making use of existing copper infrastructure. The innovation, created by Alcatel-Lucent's renowned Bell Labs research arm, has seen trials with operators around the world – but Chunghwa Telecom has become the first to a...

By Ryan Daws, 14 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, G.fast, Infrastructure, Innovation, Networks.

5G industry research: 240m connections and $65bn in revenue by 2025

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According to latest figures by Juniper Research, there will be 240 million active 5G connections by 2025, while revenues will cross the $65 billion (£42.3bn) mark in that year at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 266% between 2020 and 2025.

The technology will gain a premium in comparison to existing ARPU levels on account of its several benefits and features as seen with initial 4G rollouts. Despite the seemingly high number of connections, Juniper warns this will only...

By Telecoms, 09 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband.

G.Fast broadband technology speeds into field trials

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A promising new ultrafast broadband technology which uses existing copper infrastructure has entered field trials in the UK and could deliver speeds up to 330 Mbps at launch, with up to 500 Mbps possible "within a decade" as it becomes more developed. 

The exciting technology, dubbed G.Fast, has entered a field trial in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. Two thousand...

By Ryan Daws, 26 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, G.fast, Industry, Infrastructure.

Highlights: Communications Market 2015 report

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Telecoms regulator Ofcom has released its annual Communications Market report which, as you can imagine, is rather comprehensive. The report does however contain interesting facts and figures about the direction of the industry. In this article, we'll dissect the report into key highlights which could be important when making informed business decisions in the future. 

The UK is now a...

The 5G puzzle for operators: Asia most likely to lead way on deployment

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Mobile operators expect Asia to lead the development and deployment of 5G technologies, according to research from InterDigital.

The operator community as a whole expects Asia (71%) to lead development and deployment of 5G, ahead of North America (52%) and Europe (45%), although operators in North America were more likely to think they would lead the charge. Telcos in Asia are already putting forward their proposals; Japanese operator DoCoMo says it will launch a first release of 5G to...

By James Bourne, 30 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Asia, Broadband.