Ofcom won't split BT/Openreach, but it's split industry opinion

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Telecoms regulator Ofcom launched a review in March last year into whether BT and its Openreach network arm should be split-up due to rivals' claims the company has underinvested in the network – leading to poor speeds and reliability for those who pay to use it. 

Results of the investigation were posted today and Ofcom has...

By Ryan Daws, 25 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Regulation.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

ISPs invest less and earn more than ever, but could "thin air" technology change this?

The world's biggest internet service providers are investing less in infrastructure than ever; yet earning more than ever according to "over a decade" worth of data by Harvard scholar Susan Crawford and telecom analyst Mitchell Shapiro. But could new technology change this?

"Comcast’s capex (capital expenditure) to revenue ratio climbed as high as 37 percent in 2001, following very large-scale acquisitions, a relatively large proportion of which required substantial...

By Ryan Daws, 25 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Fiber Optic, Infrastructure, Networks, Research.

AT&T sends mixed messages with 1Gbps FTTH service

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AT&T has launched a variation of its U-verse service – U-verse with GigaPower – in Austin, Texas. It includes a 300Mbps FTTH broadband service which AT&T claims will be automatically upgraded to 1Gbps in a few months’ time. AT&T’s efforts to offer 1Gbps FTTH broadband to the consumer are laudatory but likely to confuse its customers and shareholders. If 1Gbps is the future, what is the future of...

By Ovum Research, 19 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic, Networks, Operators.

Why radio can beat fibre in broadband delivery

The Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) initiative has been widely covered in the media in recent months. BT was chosen by the government to deliver UK-wide superfast connectivity via fibre optic cables, but it has transpired that the initiative will leave 10% of the country completely without superfast Internet access.

One of the reasons for this is that fibre isn’t always a commercially viable solution for Internet connectivity in rural areas because of the complexity and cost involved in fibre...

By Dave Pinnington, 03 December 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic.

DC Comics' The Flash breaks wireless transmission record!

By “The Flash”, we actually mean researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Baden-Württemberg, Germany; but it’s certainly quick-as-a-flash speeds in which they’ve broken the wireless transmission record!

Cable-based telecommunication networks require massive investment; which doesn’t always even reach as far as many would like.

This leaves many rural areas with limited to no access. Through the use of broadband data transmission via radio relay links; it...

By Ryan Daws, 15 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic, Research, Wireless.

Mobile operators included in superfast broadband talks

For the first time; executives from EE, Vodafone, and Three will take part in discussions alongside fixed cable providers about the rollout of superfast broadband to parts of the country either not covered; or with limited access.

As part of its superfast broadband coverage plans; the government announced back in June of this year that it will be putting aside £250m in the hopes that 95 percent of UK premises will have access to superfast broadband by 2017.

The funding is alongside the controversial £520m...

By Ryan Daws, 09 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, Operators.

UK smart metering needs future-proofing with cellular networks

With the Department of Energy and Climate Change due to make a decision this summer on what communication technology will be used to support the installation of smart meters in every home and small business by 2020, there was a significant development recently for those living in rural areas.

The Government has appointed a provider to deliver its £150 million Mobile Infrastructure Project (MIP) which will see cellular mobile phone services based on open standards extended to rural “not...

By Dr Mike Short, 17 July 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Fiber Optic, M2M, Networks.

Reach 400Gbps speeds with noise-cancellation technology

Take a look at your headphones. They could harness the very technology which could boost broadband speeds to a blistering 400gbps – noise-cancellation.

A research team which is being led by Xiang Liu of Bell Laboratories is looking into using “phase conjugation” to help boost speeds to this incredible level as demand for faster broadband rises.

In the same manner as headphones which detect noise and transmit an inverse set of signals to counter-act the disruption, Xiang wants to implement...

By Ryan Daws, 29 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Broadcast, Cabling, Fiber Optic, Infrastructure, Networks, Research, Telematics.

Project Loon: Google’s wireless networks to be delivered by balloons

As part of an initiative to get cat videos – I mean the internet – out in developing countries; Google has ambitious plans to deliver access in these locations by balloons, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Bear with me on this; this is a strange thing to write about as well as read I’m sure.

 

The concept is to use a combination of CPUs and Android phones to connect a much larger wireless network,...