Why FTTH is about advancing economic development

The global wired broadband market -- including DSL, cable, and fiber-optic services -- generated $188 billion service revenue in 2012, that's a 7 percent increase from 2011. According to the latest market study by ABI Research, fixed broadband service revenue will grow to $251 billion by 2018. Across the globe in 2012, fiber-optic broadband service revenue had its strongest year-over-year growth of 24 percent, while DSL and cable broadband grew 2 percent and 6 percent respectively. Fiber to the home (FTTH) is...

By David H. Deans, 21 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic, Wireless.

New analyst data confirms 100G’s exploding growth

For the last six months I’ve been highlighting the fact that 100G has made the move to the mainstream with customer deployments.  Now some new insight from two very respected industry analyst firms sheds more light on this shift with some specific data.

In its just-released Optical Transport forecast, Dell’Oro Group pins the 100 Gbps market as the key to growth in the broader WDM market.  “We are finding that the demand for 100 Gbps...

By Ciena, 14 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cabling, Wireless.

Build or buy: The WAN infrastructure decision tree [infographic]

Today’s enterprise IT decision-maker has quite a task at hand.  With the telecom world at the front edge of what is predicted to be a massive migration to cloud-based infrastructure and services over the next decade, the decision on how to spend your precious IT dollars has never been more complicated.

Should you continue to build out your own private enterprise infrastructure, or make the jump to one of the increasingly abundant and full-featured managed service offerings?  When making a...

By Ciena, 24 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Infographic, Infrastructure, Networks, Wireless.

Juniper: Lack of NFC in iPhone 5 stunts technology's growth

A new report released by Juniper Research has shown that the decision not to put near field communication (NFC) on the iPhone 5 was a contributory factor in slowing down the growth forecast for the technology.

As a result, the mobile NFC growth forecast has been downsized to $110 billion (£68.7bn) by 2017, down from $180bn previously.

“Apple’s current reluctance to embrace NFC is likely to have a knock-on effect amongst...

By James Bourne, 07 December 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Research, Smartphones, Wireless.

Big benefits from combining small cells and Wi-Fi

Small cells and Wi-Fi off-load are proven to be the most powerful tools that mobile network operators have to increase data communication capacity for their subscribers. These technologies enable them to meet the demand from a growing number of customers who use smartphones and tablets that are generating rapidly increasing mobile network traffic loads -- due largely to video content consumption. According to the latest market study by Senza Fili, mobile network operators that deploy small cells and Wi-Fi concurrently can reduce their wireless data per-bit costs up to...

By David H. Deans, 23 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Operators, Small Cells, WiFi, Wireless.

A state-owned operator enters the 3G market in Argentina

Luca Schiavoni, Analyst, Regulation, Ovum

The Argentinean government has cancelled an auction of 42.5MHz of additional spectrum in the 850MHz and 1900MHz bands it had designed in 2011, and assigned all the frequencies up for grabs to the state-owned operator Arsat.

The move comes as quite a surprise, despite the delays to the initial schedule set out by the government. The award was initially expected to occur by the end of 2011, but was deferred first to 2Q12 and then to 3Q12, with five operators presenting...

By Ovum Research, 21 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: LATAM, Operators, Wireless.

Cisco targets small to mid-market with cloud networking acquisition

Cisco plans to boost its cloud networking capabilities with the acquisition of the San Francisco-based firm Meraki for $1.2bn.

The cash deal, expected to close in the second quarter of Cisco’s fiscal year 2013, gives Cisco access to a host of wireless networking tools and, perhaps more importantly, a route into the rapidly growing small to mid-sized market that Cisco has so far struggled to grab a share of.

Meraki, a Google-backed company founded in 2006, employs around 330 people. It provides Wi-Fi,...

By Matt Henkes, 19 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry, Wireless.

Unrealistic pricing blamed for lacklustre Indian 2G auction

A disappointing first day’s bidding in India’s 2G spectrum auctions has seen two of the country’s most valuable regions attract no bids, following a number of complaints from operators that the prices set by the Indian government were just too high.

The government received bids worth Rs9.2bn ($1.7bn) on day one of the auction on Monday, less than a quarter of the amount it hoped to raise; an embarrassing result that comes at a bad time for India’s telecoms industry, and for the...

By Matt Henkes, 13 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: India, Operators, Wireless.

The FCC wants to know: How much spectrum is too much spectrum?

FCC opens inquiry into whether, and how, and how much, wireless spectrum holdings should be limited.

By Donald EvansIt’s undeniable that a small handful of carriers control an overwhelming amount of mobile spectrum in the U.S. 

Many observers of the communications landscape believe that that intense concentration has reached alarming proportions. Unfortunately, to date federal...

By Francisco Montero, 12 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, Operators, Wireless.

What are the latest broadband speed trends?

The UK suffers from a “massive discrepancy” in broadband speeds and should be aiming for the standards of Singapore where broadband speeds have doubled, according to a report.

A report from UK-based wireless comparison providers uSwitch.com has uncovered a ‘massive discrepancy’ between certain streets for broadband speed – and warns that the gap...

By James Bourne, 08 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Infrastructure, Wireless.

Wireless services still source of consumer anger, says regulator

A worrying trend from Canada, where consumer complaints go up 35% year on year: should this make service providers rethink their strategy?

A report from the Canadian Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS) has revealed that, in the North American country, consumer complaints went up 35% in 2012, with wireless services being the biggest bugbear for the fourth year in a row.

10,838 complaints were lodged by the regulator, with 10,678 concluded. 7,221 of the issues derived from...

By James Bourne, 25 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Government, N America, Wireless.

AT&T is fined for not having an unobtainable licence

FCC action follows interference to airport weather radar.

The FCC has confirmed a fine of $25,000 against AT&T for operating a Wi-Fi-type device that caused interference to a weather radar at a Puerto Rico airport. 

Yes, it appears that AT&T slipped up. But we think the FCC fined it for the wrong offence.

The problem stems – as do many FCC...

By Francisco Montero, 12 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Licensing, WiFi, Wireless.

How mobile broadband is driving a transformation

Mobile broadband related advances are changing the legacy business models of the telecom sector. In developing nations around the globe, many people will likely encounter the internet for the first time via an inexpensive smartphone. Infonetics Research has released excerpts from its latest 3G and 4G (LTE, WiMAX) Broadband Devices and Subscribers market study that highlights these changes. The global study and resulting report tracks smartphones, smartphone OS, mobile broadband USBs, embedded mobile broadband cards and...

By David H. Deans, 25 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Smartphones, Wireless.

Does latest Juniper research show a watershed for NFC?

A report from Juniper Research has revealed that the mobile payments and NFC market will exponentially increase and eventually exceed $180bn in five years’ time – a sevenfold increase over this year.

Just over a third of that figure (35%) will be generated by Western Europe, with North America (30%) and the Far East and China (26%) trailing behind.

To put it into context, Juniper forecasts one in four people from Western Europe and the United...

By James Bourne, 24 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Mobile, Research, Wireless.

Sprint rolls out US 4G LTE network – a bit late to the party?

The American telecoms carrier Sprint Nextel has announced a rolling out of their 4G long-term evolution (LTE) network in the US.

Sprint, one of the ‘big four’ American long distance providers, has launched their 4G network in 15 American cities, mainly in Georgia and Texas with plans to bring out additional 4G LTE markets later this year.

“This new network is performing extremely well and customers should find it consistent, reliable and really...

By James Bourne, 17 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, N America, Operators, Wireless.

Is ‘dumping’ scandal aftermath starting to hit ZTE hard?

It hasn’t been the best of weeks for Chinese telecoms behemoth ZTE: not only are their profits down, but it’s been reported that up to 12,000 of their staff could lose their jobs as part of a cost-cutting exercise.

A piece by Marbridge Consulting, citing a source within the company, has claimed that ZTE has already made three rounds of cuts since February, with overseas workers very much at risk.

Staff have purportedly been sent a circulatory explaining the importance of localisation in tough...

By James Bourne, 16 July 2012, 1 comment. Categories: China, Operators, Wireless.

WBA trials advanced next generation hotspots for 2013

The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), in collaboration with major TELCOs including Telefonica and AT&T, has revealed a series of trials of next generation hotspots (NGH) with the aim of providing more public Wi-Fi access points worldwide.

The WBA’s ambition is “to secure an outstanding user experience through the global deployment of next-generation Wi-Fi”, and it has gotten a who’s who of telecommunications on board.

Other providers include BT, China Mobile and Time Warner Cable,...

By James Bourne, 28 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Operators, WiFi, Wireless.

Anonymous India hacks TELCO website in censorship protest

It’s safe to say there have been less interesting weeks in Indian telecoms.

Following the approval of a new national telecoms policy, and the hacking into provider Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL)’s website by the Anonymous India group, there has been plenty to talk about.

The site of state-assisted MTNL was down for at least six hours yesterday, with the Anonymous India blog proudly displaying a

By James Bourne, 07 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, India, Networks, Wireless.

"Resourceful" mobile workers not totally satisfied with Wi-Fi, report states

A report from iPass has noted consumer dissatisfaction with slow Wi-Fi connections while praising their resourcefulness, among other trends.

The report, titled “Understanding Mobility Trends and Mobile Usage Among Business Users”, examined trends in “globally mobile” users, and how they influence the “always-on mobile worker”, emphasising the 24/7 nature of mobile workers.

A startling 88% of those surveyed stated that

By James Bourne, 25 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Research, WiFi, Wireless.