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

"They drew first blood, not me" - Rambo 

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.

YouTube borked for some Virgin Media users again, company stresses patience

Users of Virgin Media broadband have again been frustrated over the weekend as certain YouTube videos either buffer indefinitely or don’t begin to load at all.

According to users on the Virgin Media community forum, the problem also extends to the Google Play store, indicating an issue between Virgin and Google.

“It has been five days now, it’s becoming a joke”, wrote one commenter on the Virgin community forum. “I think I’m going to have to start looking into alternative...

By James Bourne, 08 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Networks.

Internet users beat cable TV subscribers for the first time

It was only a matter of time before the internet killed the TV (star?) as we know it. Cable providers know it themselves and are doing all they can to transform themselves from their traditional revenue model to more dynamic and modern technology companies who embrace the internet and its possibilities rather than see it as a threat.

New research from Leichtman shows they are right to start making this shift as internet users beat cable subscribers for...

By Ryan Daws, 20 August 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Broadband, Industry, Networks, Operators, Research.

Rural broadband boosts income and jobs, according to study

A team of researchers led by Brian Whitacre from Oklahoma State University has found that broadband access provides a significant economic lift to rural areas in America. Their report, which was released August 5th, took into account broadband, employment, and household income of counties with a population of less than 50,000 people.

The counties which at least 60% of households had a high-speed internet connection also had more income and a smaller growth in...

By Ryan Daws, 18 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Research.

Speak up to save your copper, or the DCMS will take it

Until recently, it was assumed the vast copper network which blankets the UK would start to see its way out as usage dwindles. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) released a document earlier this month entitled "Digital Communications Infrastructure Strategy" which proposes the long-standing copper infrastructure is retired so that telecoms operators are incentivised to invest in other communication...

By Ryan Daws, 13 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks.

Google backs $300 million Trans-Pacific high-speed internet cable between US and Japan

There's a Mountain View-based tech giant who has a love of speed and the internet, and they prefer it when they're together. The bulk of international internet communications is through a network of undersea fiber cables which link countries together and require significant investment to keep running and protected from the elements.

A new high-speed internet Trans-Pacific cable system (quite the mouthful) is due by Q2 2016 called "FASTER" and, naturally, has got the backing of Google. In addition to Google's...

By Ryan Daws, 12 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic, Google, Industry, Infrastructure.

Opinion: Boris, stop talking about the mythical 5G. Let's roll-out Wi-FAR with its 64-mile radius

London's mayor spoke of his commitment to 5G this week, which is great, but I couldn't help but think we should stop talking about it – considering we don't even know what it is yet – and start putting technology into action which is readily available and could very well change how we connect to the internet in the "tech capital" he envisions…

Previously I lived in my parents' house...

By Ryan Daws, 11 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Networks, WiFi.

FCC chairman "deeply troubled" by Verizon's plans to manage speeds of data hogs

By Josh Long

A small fraction of Verizon Wireless’ 104.6 million retail connections have a tendency to hog bandwidth, prompting the company to manage the speeds of the top 5 percent of data users who subscribe to unlimited data plans.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler isn’t happy. In a letter Wednesday to Verizon Wireless CEO Daniel Mead, Wheeler said he was “deeply troubled” by the wireless carrier’s earlier announcement that it plans to slow the data speeds of some customers beginning...

By TotalTelecom, 06 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Networks.

Can quad-play take off in the UK?

Nowadays many homes take three services – Internet, landline and TV – from a single provider.  But the trend for a single provider to offer all four services – including mobile – is catching on in Europe and analysts believe the UK could be the next big growth territory for 'quad-play'. Iain Regan, Executive Vice-President, Sales and Marketing, with customer management outsourcer Firstsource Solutions, considers what the impacts on the Telco industry might...

By Iain Regan, 01 August 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Networks.

Ring the Bell: Internet speed record set using XG-FAST

The brilliant researchers at Bell Labs have broken the broadband internet speed record by over eight times the previous holder - and it was all achieved over copper landlines. At 10 gigabits per second, Bell Labs' technology is 1,000 times faster than your typical broadband speeds.

It even leaves the fastest package available to consumers, Google Fiber, in the dust by over 10x quicker. The new technology is an extension of G-FAST by Bell Labs known as "XG-FAST" and gives broadband...

By Ryan Daws, 11 July 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Broadband, Infrastructure, Networks, Research, Telematics.

Interview: Marston's pulls pints and pushes telecoms

Marston's is a leading pub chain in the UK who launched their own telecoms service around five years ago to significant cost-savings. TelecomsTech (TT) caught up with Operations Manager, Rob Derbyshire (RD), about their story so far and the technology they use to provide a reliable and connected experience for all their customers.

TT: Why did Marston's feel the need to start its own telecoms service?

RD: About five years ago we decided, when the recession was around, that one way of saving money was to...

By Ryan Daws, 30 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Industry, Infrastructure, WiFi.

Mobile users set to top 8bn by 2019, but can we support them? (and their connected devices…)

Research and analyst firm, IDATE, has said the total number of mobile customers worldwide will exceed eight billion by the end of 2018. However research by SON (Self Optimising Network) solutions provider, Cellwize, says mobile operators could start seeing a failure rate upwards of 30% for IoT / M2M applications as a result of this network congestion.

IDATE has stated that the number of mobile users is set to grow by over 21% in the next five years, to hit eight billion by 2019. In the UK alone, the total number of mobile...

By Ryan Daws, 26 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Research.