Ofcom plans to light-up BT's Dark Fibre network

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Back in 2012, Ofcom performed a review of business connectivity and decided against allowing rival ISPs to use its Dark Fibre network. The regulator has now performed a U-turn on its decision, and has proposed that other ISPs should be allowed to use the un-lit fibre optic infrastructure. 

Dark Fibre infrastructure provides spare capacity for future demand,...

By Ryan Daws, 15 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Capacity, Connectivity, Fiber Optic, Infrastructure, Networks, Regulation.

Netflix goes on the offensive against Australian ISPs

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Australian broadband providers have been criticised by some of Netflix's customers as providing "unusable" access - which has prompted the streaming giant to launch a local version of its ISP Speed Index. The index aims to inform users which providers offer the best access to their vast library of entertainment content. 

Netflix arrived in Australia just two...

By Ryan Daws, 12 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Broadband, Connectivity, OTT Services.

Alcatel-Lucent helps deliver speed and reliability across the connected home

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With the rise of the Internet of Things, the sheer amount of devices being connected around the home is putting significant demand on our local network. Not only this, but we expect each to work seamlessly without a drop in connection or speed to ensure we are able to have remote access wherever we are.

Federico Guillén, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s Fixed Access Business Line, said: “With...

By Ryan Daws, 20 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Devices, Fiber Optic, Networks, WiFi.

Sky continues its push for quad-play packages

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Sky has been looking for ways to build quad-play packages for some time. In the UK, the provider has signed a partnership with O2 to start offering mobile services with their packages starting in 2015 - a deal which has arguably become even more valuable now Hutchison has put in a bid to merge Three and O2. 

Now the provider is looking to offer quad-play in other markets which the company...

By Ryan Daws, 17 April 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Content, Disruption, Industry, Mobile, Operators.

Nokia confirms intention to buy Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion

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Nokia might have sold its phone hardware business to Microsoft, but the company is still very much alive and well. The firm has doubled-down on its efforts in the telecoms equipment space and has announced its intention to acquire French equipment maker, Alcatel-Lucent, for 15.6 billion euros ($16.6 billion.)

For comparative purposes, Microsoft bought Nokia's phone arm for $7 billion. We're talking about...

By Ryan Daws, 15 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, G.fast, Industry, Infrastructure.

Net Neutrality: Opponents to FCC's guidelines can now take action

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Last month, the FCC published its "Net Neutrality" guidelines to ensure the internet remains fair and free of discrimination. Part of the legislation will mean that service providers cannot implement things such as so-called "fast lanes" whereby certain services can be offered preferential treatment over others. 

The argument from ISPs in support of implementing such controversial discrimination is that some...

By Ryan Daws, 14 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic, Industry, Net Neutrality, Regulation.

Customer trials of IPv6 begin in the UK

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A few years ago, some headlines would have made you think the end is nigh for the internet due to a lack of IPv4 addresses to identify each device and allow connection with online services. Luckily, most of the major ISPs held a large stockpile of unused addresses which meant we could all go back to ignoring the impending virtual doom.

Of course IPv4 has a successor, IPv6, of which...

By Ryan Daws, 13 April 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Broadband, Capacity, Connectivity, Devices, Industry, Standards.

Average broadband can stream three 4K videos simultaneously thanks to ‘Perseus’

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Compression specialists, V-Nova, have announced a new 4K-shrinking technology dubbed 'Perseus' at an event which was attended by over 20 large telecoms companies including Sky Italia, Intel, and the European Broadcasting Union. The new compression will allow three simultaneous 4K video streams over the average UK broadband speed. 

4K video streams have a...

By Ryan Daws, 02 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Capacity, Mobile.

BT fights to keep Openreach, with support from Virgin Media

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You would be forgiven to think this is a poor April Fools wind-up, but two of the biggest rivals in telecoms have indeed partnered to fight Ofcom's regulatory pressure to split Openreach from BT once and for all. The two sent a joint letter to the regulator which argues that opening-up the UK broadband market will be a bad decision for consumers.

Vodafone even went as far as to create a dossier on BT’s...

By Ryan Daws, 01 April 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks.

Smartphones are driving internet use in emerging markets

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According to the latest global study by International Data Corporation (IDC), the combined total market of smartphones, media tablets and PCs is now forecast to grow from 1.8 billion units in 2014 to 2.5 billion units in 2019.During the forecast period, smartphones will grow to represent the majority of total smart connected device (IDC's term for the combined market) shipments -- dwarfing both tablets and PCs in terms of shipment volumes.As recently as 2010, PCs still made up the lion's share of the total device...

By David H. Deans, 27 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Developing Countries, Smartphones.

Editorial: Strategic review of digital communications market

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Around the world the telecommunications market is going through a period of significant change with technologies such as small cells, the rollout of LTE, the exploration of 5G, and even new ideas such as the Internet of Things and the smart cities born out of it.

One of the digital communications markets...

By Ryan Daws, 13 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Consumers, LTE, MVNO, Operators, Regulation.

FCC protects a free internet in landmark decision

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Whilst most internet-related headlines overnight surrounded two escaped llamas and a dress, the biggest news came from the FCC who approved the long-awaited decision to classify broadband as a Title II public utility.

The new rules provide the FCC with more powers to protect a free and open internet which offers fair access to all through banning things like the...

By Ryan Daws, 27 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Industry, N America, Net Neutrality, Regulation.

Orange CEO says targets were hit last year, but expect a dip for 2015

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Stephane Richard, CEO of Orange, has reported that the France-based operator hit its financial targets for 2014 but warned investors to expect a dip in their results this year. This is due to multiple reasons including pricing pressure in its home market, as well as investment and acquisitions in markets such as Spain.

Orange estimates that a restated EBITDA* should be expected this year between €11.9...

By Ryan Daws, 17 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks.

"Robbing Peter to pay Paul" isn't the answer to rural broadband, says Virgin Media Business

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The head of the Commons' Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee has suggested that investment in broadband should be diverted from cities where superfast access is available, and instead used to extend reach to those suffering with slow access in rural areas.

This sentiment was contested by Virgin Media Business' head, Peter Kelly, who disagreed with the idea and said: "You...

By Ryan Daws, 04 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure.

Net neutrality could be expensive - or not

One of the biggest debates in telecoms this year has been around net neutrality, and with still no clear decisions made, it looks set to go on well into 2015. Influential figures and biased parties on either side have given their take on the issue, but the most-recent debate is in regards to how much maintaining net neutrality is going to cost...

Reclassifying internet providers as public utilities would require new regulations from the FCC, but the US regulator has the power to excuse companies

It is in...

By Ryan Daws, 10 December 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Net Neutrality, Operators, Regulation.

BT "RAMBo" patent infringement could reduce service

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British Telecom employ a DLM (Dynamic Line Management) system called "RAMBo" which helps to optimise the broadband speeds for million of its customers. The telecoms giant was forced to stop its use after UK courts found it infringes on two patents owned by ASSIA, a leading provider of software solutions for broadband access networks.

In order to continue the use of RAMBo, BT would have to pay ASSIA £250,000 per week until the firm could...

By Ryan Daws, 09 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Customer Service, Infrastructure, Networks, Regulation.

Trials of Operators: Shark attacks, natural disasters, and non-stop streaming…

Recently, Google released footage of sharks attacking its undersea cables. But ‘Jaws’ isn’t the only problem a network operator needs to worry about; there are also fishing trawlers and natural disasters which also pose a serious threat. And the challenges don’t stop there; non-stop streaming and bandwidth guzzling data centres are further obstacles that network providers must...

By Chris Champion, 03 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Capacity, Infrastructure, Networks, Telematics.

Back to the Future: BT posts results of G-Fast trial

G-Fast is an exciting network innovation which would mean high-speed internet can be rolled-out over the vast amount of existing copper infrastructure. This means reaching a whole lot more customers, at higher speed, with little investment. So it's too good to be true, right?

In the past we've posted results of G-Fast from lab tests by the excellent researchers at Bell Labs who broke the internet speed record at 10...

By Ryan Daws, 26 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Telematics.