Shareholders approve £12.5 billion union of BT / EE

As if there would be any doubt, BT's shareholders have agreed to the telecommunication giant's £12.5 billion deal to acquire EE from Deutsche Telekom. Of course this is by no means a confirmation the union will go ahead as it will first face an uphill battle against regulators to provide their blessing for the disruptive union. 

EE is currently the largest mobile operator in the UK, and the deal would allow BT to offer the first true quad-play packages of broadband, mobile, TV, and...

By Ryan Daws, 30 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, MVNO, Networks, Regulation.

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.

FCC slaps AT&T with $25 million fine for data breach

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Employees of AT&T's call centres were found to have illegally taken the personal information of almost 280,000 customers following an investigation by the FCC's Enforcement Bureau. As such, the regulator has fined the telecommunications giant with a $25 million fine for unauthorised use of customer data.

“As the nation's expert agency on communications networks, the Commission cannot...

By Ryan Daws, 09 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, N America, Operators, Regulation.

Editorial: Strategic review of digital communications market

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Around the world the telecommunications market is going through a period of significant change with technologies such as small cells, the rollout of LTE, the exploration of 5G, and even new ideas such as the Internet of Things and the smart cities born out of it.

One of the digital communications markets...

By Ryan Daws, 13 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Consumers, LTE, MVNO, Operators, Regulation.

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.

T-Mobile CEO criticises the FCC over AWS-3 auction

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From an outside viewpoint, it would appear the FCC's recent AWS-3 spectrum auction was an unprecedented success. The telecoms regulator added a record $44.9 billion to the US treasury, and all the major players left with some valuable assets for their current and future networks.

T-Mobile's outspoken CEO, John Legere, wasn't so pleased with the apparant lack of fairness shown in the auction. Despite...

By Ryan Daws, 19 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Licensing, N America, Regulation, Spectrum.

ABI Research: LTE-A has reached 100m people, set to cross 1bn by 2018

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We might be looking ahead to what 5G should look like, but the current priority is to get LTE-Advanced technology out to as many users as possible. According to ABI Research, LTE-A has now reached 100 million people around the world just four years after its creation. 

ABI highlights that at the end of 2014 there were 49 commercially-available LTE-A networks around the globe. 20 operators...

By Ryan Daws, 18 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Connectivity, LTE, Regulation, Spectrum.

Ofcom takes 'TV white space' prime time

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UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has announced today the use of 'white space' spectrum in the TV frequency band will be available for use by the industry. It follows a series of successful trials of which TelecomsTech reported on back in October.

Some uses for the spectrum so far...

By Ryan Daws, 12 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Licensing, M2M, Regulation, Spectrum, Testing & Measurement, Wireless.

Ofcom announces strategy to promote IoT

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The UK's telecommunications regulator, Ofcom, has announced its plans for ensuring the country is leading the way for the Internet of Things. It aims to achieve this by working with the industry and government to create a true regulatory environment which promotes investment and innovation to push the use of connected devices forward.

Steve Unger,...

By Ryan Daws, 30 January 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Government, Industry, IoT, Regulation, Testing & Measurement.

EU Commission sets out 700 MHz proposals

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UK telecoms regulator Ofcom recently announced plans to free-up 700 MHz by 2022 to carry data over long distances. The spectrum is currently in-use around Europe for TV and wireless microphones, whereas in the US and Asia it is already being used for 4G.

Now the European Commission has launched a consultation based on recommendations from former trade commissioner, Pascal Lamy, who said...

By Ryan Daws, 14 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Connectivity, Europe, Regulation, Spectrum.

National roaming? We'll provide coverage instead, says UK carriers

UK operators were given an ultimatum, either agree to a national roaming plan, or increase basic coverage to cover at least 90% of geographic areas by 2017. EE, O2, Three, and Vodafone all agreed to the latter and will invest a guaranteed £5 billion in infrastructure to achieve this demand as part of the plan announced today.

Along with 90% of "basic" coverage, which includes voice and text, the networks will have to provide at least 85% of the UK with "full" coverage - up from the estimated 69%...

By Ryan Daws, 18 December 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Government, Infrastructure, Operators, Regulation, Roaming, Rural.

France to hold DTT spectrum auction in 2015

Spectrum which is currently in-use for Digital Terrestrial TV (DTT) is set to be up for auction in France to be awarded to telecoms operators in December 2015. The government plans to auction spectrum in the 700 MHz frequency for use as mobile broadband in license deals expected to generate upwards of €2 billion.

All of France's four major mobile network operators are expected to take part in the bids, in order to use the spectrum to boost or launch their mobile broadband offerings between 1st...

By Ryan Daws, 16 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Licensing, LTE, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum.

The IoT-based future of policing

We all know the Internet of Things is going to have a substantial impact on public services and how they are delivered - although not always for the better. The Internet of Things will allow for greater efficiency and reduced expense, but potentially at the cost of jobs, privacy, and security.

Earlier this week, President Obama proposed $263 million to improve law enforcement after all the protests coming out of places like Ferguson regarding police brutality....

By Ryan Daws, 12 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, IoT, Public Services, Regulation, Surveillance.

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

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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.

Surveillance is not a human rights violation, UK tribunal rules

Just days after we reported the NSA has access to 70% of the world's cellphone networks through monitoring high-value communications and exploiting network weaknesses; the UK has announced the results of a tribunal investigation into whether mass surveillance on citizens is an infringement on human rights.

Rights groups including 'Privacy International' and 'Bytes for All' took their case to...

By Ryan Daws, 08 December 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Government, Privacy, Regulation, Security, Surveillance.

Draft bill to bring OTT apps under government control

OTT apps are a threat to telecoms providers worldwide as most will offer equivalent or better services for free from which telcos have traditionally generated revenue. This turns the operators into "dumb pipes" as they are often referred – leaving them to deal with increasing amounts of data being passed through their networks by these services. 

In Vietnam, the telecommunication ministry is drafting a bill which would bring foreign messaging apps under government control...

By Ryan Daws, 05 December 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Apps, Disruption, Government, Net Neutrality, OTT Services, Regulation.

ARCEP favours an uncomplicated, flexible approach to net neutrality

By James Robinson, Associate Analyst, Regulation & Policy

On September 20, 2012 ARCEP, the French telecoms regulator, submitted to the French government and parliament its report on net neutrality.

ARCEP is just one of many regulators to engage with this issue, which has become progressively more important for stakeholders as the volume of Internet traffic has increased, leading to questions regarding control.

Certain positions on transparency and network management have become widely accepted, although...

By Ovum Research, 27 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, Net Neutrality, Networks, Regulation.