Airband brings superfast broadband to rural areas

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Rural locations have posed a huge problem in the rollout of superfast broadband, but new technology from Airband could solve this and connect folks in more problematic areas to the rest of the world at higher speeds. 

Nearly 6000 homes and businesses in remote West-Country areas in the UK could soon benefit from the superfast broadband...

By Ryan Daws, 02 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Infrastructure, Innovation, Networks, Rural, Wireless.

Huawei shuttles 1Tbps in new backbone trial

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In a joint effort with Proximus, Huawei has successfully completed a joint trial which has resulted in speeds of up to 1Tbps being transferred over an optical signal. Such incredible transmission speeds would allow for approximately 33 high-definition films in a second. 

The innovative Chinese network vendor first partnered with Proximus in January and marks the...

By Ryan Daws, 26 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Capacity, Infrastructure, Networks.

EU Commission approves €3 billion plan to expand Germany's broadband infrastructure

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Germany is planning a €3 billion national scheme to support the roll-out of next-generation access (NGA) broadband networks; a plan which has now been approved by the European Commission after being found to comply with EU state aid rules. 

Due to the 2013 Broadband State Aid Guidelines, public funding into networks must be available to all competitors...

By Ryan Daws, 19 June 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Government, Infrastructure, Networks.

Bolivia: The new darling of Latin American telecoms?

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Bolivia has traditionally been one of the smallest telecoms markets in Latin America (LATAM). Yet a new report from Pyramid Research argues that it will become the fastest growing in the LATAM market.

The report, entitled ‘Bolivia: DTH Launches And Fiber-Optic Backbone Rollout to Drive Video and Data Services’, argues the Bolivian telecoms market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.8% between 2014 and 2019, driven in the main by broadband internet and pay...

By James Bourne, 04 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, LATAM, Smart TV, Wireless.

Opinion: What’s faster than superfast? A question of semantics

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This morning I watched the above speech by Göran Marby of Swedish regulator PTS. It meanders a bit, and (anecdotally) I was shocked by the apparent confusion between IP and Internet, but it makes some good points, and in particular it raises an important question about the future of networks. The assumption seems to be that the millions of devices that we predict to be connected will do so on the basis of a mobile network framework. But most of these devices won’t...

By Benoît FELTEN, 03 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband.

Here's why most mobile data traffic will migrate to Wi-Fi networks

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Across the globe, mobile data traffic continues to grow at an unprecedented pace, driven primarily by online video usage. The increased number of mobile subscriptions, new smartphone users and the multitude of available software apps have resulted in an explosion in data usage.Worldwide mobile data traffic, generated by all smartphones, feature phones and media tablets, will approach almost 197,000 PB (Petabytes) by 2019 -- that's the equivalent to over 10 billion Blu-ray movies, according to the latest...

By David H. Deans, 02 June 2015, 3 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, LTE, WiFi, Wireless.

China is the new wireless broadband market leader

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While it has been a common practice for telecom industry analysts to assess the economic vitality of a nation by ranking their relative investment in fiber optic broadband communication infrastructure, in future the comparison of wireless broadband capabilities will be the key measure of supremacy.By the end of 2014, China had gained almost 100 million 4G LTE mobile service subscriptions in the first year of full commercialization, further demonstrating the nation's unprecedented growth momentum, according to the latest market study by ABI...

By David H. Deans, 26 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, LTE, Wireless.

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.