Category: Broadband


HomeGrid Forum merges with HomePNA Alliance

Two industry bodies supporting wireline home networking have merged to create a single organisation that counts more than 70 members, including 28 service providers such as AT&T, BT and Telefónica.

Revenue from 100G fibre to surpass $1bn in 2013

This year, 100G fibre is expected to generate revenues of over $1bn for the first time, according to research firm Ovum. The firm analysed financial results from 1Q13 in the global optical networking market and found several trends, including one disappointing trend that market growth overall remained difficult, with only Japan’s Fujitsu posting sequential and year-on-year gains.

Hyperoptic secures £50m to roll out FTTH

UK fibre-to-the-home specialist Hyperoptic has closed a large round of funding worth £50m ($75m) to roll out FTTH connections to as many as ten cities around the country by the end of the year.

Broadband operators must beware of the dangers of FTTH ‘speed race’

The news last month that Japanese ISP So-Net was launching the Nuro 2Gbps FTTH service for residential users – the fastest residential service in the world – was greeted with envy by bandwidth-starved users the world over.

Although it must be wonderful for Japanese consumers to choose between rival 1Gbps services from the likes of NTT East and West, KDDI and the regional power companies offering FTTH – with So-Net’s latest offering being the cherry on the cake – there are serious implications here for operators.

UK wholesale fibre start up gets £50m injection

UK start up wholesale fibre provider Hyperoptic has received an equity investment of £50m from currency speculator billionaire George Soros. The firm said the funding will enable it to meet its plans to reach more than 500,000 UK homes with its 1Gbps fibre broadband within the next five years. The investment is led by Quantum Strategic Partners, Soros’ private investment vehicle.

Virgin Media sells backhaul to Sky in £49m deal

UK fixed line operator BSkyB has signed a £49m backhaul network capacity deal with wholesale provider Virgin Media Business. Under the terms of the contract, Virgin Media Business’ network will connect around a third of Sky’s unbundled local exchanges with Sky’s own wholly owned nationwide broadband network.

Ericsson to close down telecom cable business

Swedish infrastructure vendor Ericsson has announced it will close down its telecom cable manufacturing business. The news follows the sale of its power cable operation to Danish cable manufacturer NKT Cables for SEK250m ($38.4m) earlier this month.

BitTorrent traffic dropping sharply in US, as VOD wins favour

The amount of traffic generated in the US by BitTorrent, the file sharing internet protocol , has dropped significantly, according to a report from policy control company Sandvine.

Over the past six months BitTorrent accounted for 9.2 per cent of peak-period traffic, down from 11.3 per cent in 2012 and 17.2 per cent in 2011, the report said. Sandvine attributes the drop in the usage of the file sharing protocol to the increasing availability of subscriber-based, paid-for, on-demand content from applications such as Netflix. Indeed, online video service Netflix maintained a 29 per cent peak-period traffic share in the US, ahead of YouTube, which climbs to 15.4 per cent compared to 13.8 per cent in 2012.

Millennials streaming media to living rooms

US broadband homes are increasingly choosing to place their router in the living room rather than home office in order to better serve their connected video devices, according to The Diffusion Group.

CWC and Columbus form Caribbean sub-sea JV

UK-based Cable & Wireless Communications Plc (CWC) on Tuesday entered into a strategic alliance with the Caribbean’s Columbus Networks, to form a joint venture to provide wholesale bandwidth capacity in the Caribbean and Americas Region.

Vodafone unveils carrier services unit

One week after announcing a group carrier services director, UK-based carrier Vodafone has launched a carrier services business unit, formed out of the acquisition of Cable & Wireless Worldwide in 2012.

CEO of TIM Fiber, Brazil: “Operators should play a key role in offering end-to-end cloud solutions to the business market”

Rogerio Takayanagi, CEO of TIM Fiber, Brasil, is speaking on Day One of the Broadband LATAM conference taking place on 2-3 July 2013 at the Grand Hyatt, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Ahead of the show we speak to him about how Brazil’s broadband infrastructure is developing at a pace and how TIM Brasil is readying itself for the rapid expansion of demand for data in the country.

Cisco CTO takes aim at Taiwan broadband

Taiwan’s broadband infrastructure needs improving and is limiting the country’s business opportunities, according to the chief technology and strategy officer of networking giant Cisco.

Africa gains in connectivity with submarine deals

The African continent became more connected this week as global telecoms network exchange Epsilon Telecommunications interconnected with both the SEACOM and West Africa Cable System (WACS), giving the company undersea cable connectivity that circumnavigates Africa.

Du extends 100G transport network in UAE

Du, one of the two major telcos in the United Arab Emirates, has awarded a contract to Alcatel-Lucent to build the second phase of its high-speed 100G coherent optical transport network throughout the country.

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