Forget incentives to incumbents and eliminate hurdles to all others!

In a speech yesterday, EU commissioner for information society Neelie Kroes announced some new proposals to boost investment in Next-Generation Networks. The plan in a nutshell stands in three bullet points:

  • force a reduction in copper wholesale prices to diminish the profitability of copper vs. fiber
  • reward copper to fiber switchover by granting higher copper wholesale prices to incumbents who do switchover
  • inject €6.4bn of public funds

What the plan tries to do really is to reduce what the commission perceives as an excessive gap in short-term profitability between copper and fiber. Kroes seems to believe that this incentive will be enough for incumbents to make the jump and finally invest in their...

By Benoît FELTEN, 04 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, Europe, Fiber Optic, Government, Industry, Infrastructure.

BT broadband suffers UK wide power failure

BT Broadband customers were left without internet access for over two hours yesterday after a "power failure" at a major exchange in Birmingham caused disruptions to its service.The failure was first reported at around 13:00 BST yesterday and by 15:00 many consumer customers reported being able to regain access to the service. BT has said that around 5 percent of its entire customer base was affected with business users in particular reporting considereable revenue losses. BT said the service has now been fully restored, advising...

By Verity Gough, 04 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Infrastructure.

The Onion That Makes Telcos Cry

Mainly due to the success of the Internet with its steady growth and ubiquitous reach, IP has for a long time shown its predominance as the preferred protocol and has more lately become the one protocol on which to base each application. However, network operators have been for many years compelled to deploy several other technologies to implement the services they wanted to sell. This led to the “networking onion” shown in the illustration here where various technologies are deployed in layers to...

By Alex Wanda, 04 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cabling, Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators.

Why buy an IP based Business Telephone System?

 A Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) based phone system is more than just a few new phones plugged into your network with slick displays and pretty flashing lights.

VoIP transforms your phone system into a next generation communications hub; complete with cutting edge technologies that allow your organization to deliver superior customer service while cutting costs. An IP based system piggybacks on your data network and can connect to the public-switched telephone network (PSTN) through a variety...

By Gregg Haughton, 29 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, CRM, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, VoiP.

French regulator grants LTE licenses to all 4 operators

All four of the main French mobile operators have been awarded licenses for blocks of fourth-generation mobile frequencies following the first round of auctions that have set a high bar for the industry, with bids totalling €936m ($1.28bn).

Telecoms regulator ARCEP said France Telecom and soon-to-be new mobile player Iliad put in the highest bids to win the two largest blocks of 20 MHz; SFR and Bouygues Telecom were given smaller blocks of 15 MHz.

The auction has been hailed as a success by the French...

By Matt Henkes, 26 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

China Telecom announces 2012 cloud strategy

China Telecom has announced its cloud strategy for 2012 which includes a number of esurfing cloud devices and storage products due to launch next year.

The national telecom operator was one of the first to establish a cloud project team back in 2009 and has since completed testing in several major cities including Shanghai, Guangdong, Guangxi and Jiangxi as well as setting up a data centre to act as the hub for the scale development of cloud computing. At the beginning of 2011, China Telecom launched a...

By Verity Gough, 05 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, China, Cloud, Devices, Infrastructure, Operators.

Proof that online video doesn’t mean the death of TV

Online video.  It’s the death of TV, or so I’ve been told.  There’s only one problem though…I really love my TV.  And so do a lot of other people it seems.

A recent analysis of two of the largest over-the-top (OTT) video providers in the U.S. highlights this fact, and suggests that the days of the TV as the centerpiece of the living room are far from over.

According to

By Ciena, 24 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Consumers, Content, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, IPTV, N America, Smartphones.

5 tips for data center connectivity

This article was originally posted here in DataCentre Solutions (DSC) Magazine.  Ian Harris is a System Integrators Leader for Ciena in EMEA.

1) The right tool for the job There are many system architectures for data centre connectivity, therefore it is important to select the solution that meets your specific requirements. Which applications is your data centre going to support? How important are speed and latency to...

By Ciena, 22 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cabling, Infrastructure, Networks, Security.

Cycle Slips: Not all coherent technology is created equal

The early success of Ciena’s coherent optical technology, including strong customer adoption worldwide, has motivated many optical systems vendors to bring to market their own coherent solutions to provide a path for optical transport speeds of 100G, 400G and even 1Tbps.

However, now that the entire optical vendor market is scampering to implement this key technology, a challenge has...

By Ciena, 20 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, Fiber Optic, Infrastructure.

Optical mesh network proves its worth for Verizon during Japanese earthquake

Last month, Ciena made a big splash with the introduction of Intelligent Infrastructure, our view on the strategic evolution that packet-optical networks must make.  Intelligent Infrastructure is about moving away from a static and rigid network model and towards a more dynamic and flexible network infrastructure that allows the service provider to provide value-add services for...

By Ciena, 13 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Industry, Infrastructure.

DQE Communications acquires Met-Net

DQE Communications said on Thursday it will expand its fiber-optic network for businesses, starting with a July 1 acquisition of Met-Net Communications of Findlay.

Met-Net’s network always has been powered by DQE, a subsidiary of Downtown-based Duquesne Light Holdings, so customers should notice few changes, DQE said.

The value of the deal wasn’t disclosed. DQE said the Met-Net addition along with capital investments will boost the capabilities of its commercial-grade network in Allegheny and six...

By TotalTelecom, 08 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, N America.