Broadband Forum and SDN/NFV Industry to jointly setup Open Broadband Laboratory Asia

The Broadband Forum and SDN/NFV Industry have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly establish an Open Broadband Laboratory Asia (OBLA) and promote the development of network transformation and cloud evolution at the recent China SDN/NFV Conference in Beijing.

Open Broadband Labs are a collaborative resource for the integration, staging and testing of open source, commercial software, standards-based and vendor implementations where suppliers, integrators and operators can work together on new...

By Telecoms, 05 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Networks, NFV, Regulation, SDN.

The BBC is now under Ofcom’s jurisdiction – its first external regulator

Ofcom has become the BBC’s first external regulator after the internal BBC Trust was criticised for failing to maintain unbiased reporting and deliver a diverse range of content which serves audiences up and down the country.

Under the BBC’s updated ‘Royal Charter’ which governs how it delivers performance and value for audiences – cost savings of £800m must be saved by 2020. Furthermore, Ofcom will slap a £250,000 fine on the BBC if it fails to meet a...

By Ryan Daws, 03 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Regulation.

Ofcom seeks cheaper broadband by increasing competition with lower wholesale prices

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom hopes new wholesale price cuts for superfast broadband services will lead to cheaper access for consumers.

The regulator will improve the wholesale pricing of high-speed services from national broadband network Openreach. New technology investments from BT, such as G.Fast, will not be capped at this point as Ofcom believes the caps elsewhere should be sufficient to protect competition and protect consumers from higher prices.

Jonathan Oxley, Ofcom’s...

By Ryan Daws, 31 March 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Networks, OpenFlow, Regulation.

Telecom providers could soon be free to sell your browsing history

A ruling which prevents telecoms providers from selling your browsing history is under threat and could be lifted following a Senate vote on Thursday.

Last year, the former chairman of the FCC, Tom Wheeler, proposed a ruling to prevent telecom providers from profiting by selling private data to third-parties. The ruling passed last October and it was praised by privacy and consumer advocates, but it’s already looking as if it will be retracted.

The resolution is being pushed by 22 Republican...

By Ryan Daws, 23 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Industry, Privacy, Regulation.

Ofcom fines Plusnet £880,000 for billing over a thousand ex-customers

Plusnet has been fined £880,000 by UK telecoms regulator Ofcom for continuing to bill more than a thousand ex-customers after cancelling their contracts.

Remaining funds have been donated to a dozen local charities

The BT-owned company was found to have continued billing a group of customers for their cancelled landline or broadband services. Following an investigation, Ofcom ruled Plusnet broke a fundamental billing role and will be subject to a fine after the 1,025 customers were overcharged...

By Ryan Daws, 22 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Operators, Regulation.

Ofcom will investigate whether proposed merger of Sky and 21st Century Fox harms media plurality

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom will investigate whether a proposed merger between Sky and 21st Century Fox would harm media plurality – the right of citizens to have access to various news sources with different viewpoints.

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has significant influence over global news reporting as the CEO of 21st Century Fox and News Corp. The companies’ properties include The Times, The Sun, Wall Street Journal, book publisher HarperCollins, and the Fox Entertainment...

By Ryan Daws, 17 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Regulation.

Why BT’s Openreach separation is ‘tough but fair’ resolution with Ofcom

BT and Ofcom have reached an agreement to ensure Openreach will become a legally separate company, bringing to a conclusion one of the more protracted imbroglios around the UK’s broadband infrastructure.

The telecoms giant said that around 32,000 employees will transfer to the new Openreach Limited, which will have its own branding separate from the BT logo. Ofcom, the industry’s governing body, said BT had met its competition concerns.

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By James Bourne, 10 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Infrastructure, Regulation.

Straight Path settles spectrum dispute with FCC

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Straight Path Communications has reached a comprehensive settlement with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) related to the company’s wireless spectrum licenses, the company has announced.

As part of the agreement, the FCC has terminated its investigation of Straight Path, and now the company can move forward with the vast majority of its nationwide 39 GHz spectrum fully intact, and its 28 GHz spectrum unchanged.

Both 28 and 39 GHz, spectrum bands were the recent...

By Telecoms, 17 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Regulation, Spectrum.