Category: Broadband


ITU report finds broadband pivotal to creating a low-carbon future

Broadband services can help the world transition towards a low-carbon economy and address the causes and effects of climate change, according to a new report from the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, part of the International Telecommunications Union

Ofcom puts 700MHz on the table for mobile broadband

Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, has proposed that 700MHz spectrum could be refarmed from digital TV and used for mobile broadband instead, in order to cope with the expected demand for data. However, in its view, this is unlikely to happen until 2018, due to the need to establish European wide agreement.

IP&TV 2012 round-up

As always Informa’s analyst team was out in force at this year’s IP&TV World Forum – the last IP&TV World Forum, it turns out, as the show re-brands to TV Connect for 2013 and beyond. This year’s show was certainly bigger and brasher than previous years (exhibit a: the Red Bull F1 car on the upper floor) and most of the conversations we had showed companies in bullish mood about future opportunities.

UK super-fast altnets starting to find their niche

A report from Point Topic finds that smaller network operators are beginning to find a niche for high-speed broadband services in the UK, despite BT and Virgin Media gaining real scale with their own market-dominating services.

Sky Anytime+ service now available across UK networks

UK broadband networks have another large scale streaming service to contend with after Sky flicked the switch on making its Anytime+ service available to all of its customers who subscribe to an HD package, regardless of their ISP. Sky estimates that this will bring the Anytime+ service into an additional five million homes.

Huawei blocked from Australian NBN bid

Chinese infrastructure vendor Huawei was told not to bid for any contracts relating to the Australian National Broadband Network (NBN) project, it has emerged. Local news agencies have reported that Huawei learned before Christmas last year that any efforts it made to win NBN contracts would be unsuccessful. The reports suggest that government concerns over security lie at the heart of the decision.

Indian broadband connections hit 13 million

India now has over 13 million broadband connections, according to a report in the Times of India. The Indian minister of communication and IT, Sachin Pilot said that the country now has 13.35 million connections, with the largest number of these in the state of Maharashtra.

Qwilt develops transparent caching solution

US firm Qwilt has released a new video delivery platform which combines the ability to identify, monitor, store and deliver video content on fixed or mobile networks onto a single platform.

DLNA approves HomePlug standards for future guidelines

The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) has approved the HomePlug AV and HD-PLC powerline networking standards for incorporation into the next version of its Networked Device Interoperability Guidelines, to be released shortly.

Malaysia’s P1 unveils 2.0 Evolution Plan

Michael Lai, CEO of Malaysian WiMAX operator Packet One networks (P1), has revealed the company’s new strategic plan for launching fibre broadband and LTE services

Qatar to deliver FTTH to 95% of households by 2015

The oil-rich state of Qatar has confirmed that it will be building a Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) infrastructure that will cover 95 per cent of Qatari homes and 100 per cent of businesses by 2015.

Google’s Eric Schmidt wants “an Android in every pocket”

Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt has said that there will be an Android device in every pocket if the search and advertising company “gets it right”. Delivering a keynote speech at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Schmidt said that this would be accomplished through significant cost reductions, as this year’s US$400 phone would be next year’s US$100 phone. The aim he said was a US$70 smartphone as this was an inflection point where a new market of opportunity arose.

Cisco to acquire Lightwire for $271m

US equipment vendor Cisco has announced its intention to acquire Californian firm Lightwire, a provider of advanced optical interconnect technology for high-speed networking applications.

FTTx connections rise 69% in Europe

European operators are continuing to adopt fibre access solutions to meet their customers’ needs and deliver on the vision of a well-connected home, according to a new report from industry body the Broadband Forum (formerly the DSL Forum).

Over 70% of mobile data will be video by 2016

Worldwide mobile data traffic will increase 18-fold over the next five years and reach 10.8 exabytes (EB) per month by 2016, with mobile video accounting for over two-thirds of it, according to statistics from Cisco’s latest Visual Networking Index.

Australian regulator tells Telstra to cap wholesale prices

The Australian regulator, the ACCC, has set the prices that Australian incumbent Telstra can charge rivals for wholesale access to its ADSL network. The watchdog said that it has commenced an inquiry into access to the network, and in the interim declared prices that will apply for the next 12 months. The ACCC has told Telstra that it must allow rivals to use its network in order to improve broadband competitiveness in the county. In a statement the ACCC said that, “Telstra currently retains dominant positions in the markets for both retail and wholesale fixed-line broadband services. Despite the deployment of competitive broadband infrastructure in some areas over the past decade, competition in the supply of ADSL services is not effective.”

P&TLuxembourg picks Alca-Lu for fibre expansion

P&TLuxembourg, the main operator of Luxembourg, has chosen a fibre access platform from Alcatel-Lucent for its project to bring fibre-based broadband services to the Grand Duchy

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