Category: Broadband


Big pipe, small focus

The competitive pressures of the crowded network operator space are breeding new innovations in business. When it comes to M2M, the long tail and niche applications are king.

CES: Boxee and Dish vs. content licensing

It’s becoming a cliché in TV land that content-rights restrictions, and not technology, are slowing the pace of industry development. At CES, Boxee and Dish demonstrated workarounds that have allowed them to offer two products frequently blocked by rights issues; namely cloud-based DVRs and out-of-home live TV viewing.

Superfast broadband “must be available to all”

Europe’s largest engineering and technology organisation, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), has warned that the UK government must provide universal access to super-fast broadband for all people in the UK, as usage continues to grow across all age groups.

Huawei deploys first iODN in Russia

A new intelligent optical distribution network (iODN) has been successfully deployed for the Russian telco Rostelecom, marking the first such deployment and bringing improved services to experiences to its broadband subscribers.

Alca-Lu to build new super-fast broadband network in Tunisia

Tunisiana, the largest provider of wireless communication services in the north African country of Tunisia, has awarded a four-year contract to build, manage and maintain a high-speed wireline broadband network to Paris-headquartered equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent.

China’s smart grids a big opportunity for PON tech

Smart grids based on passive optical networking (PON) technologies are set to provide a $1.5-2bn opportunity for fibre and FTTx component and infrastructure vendors targeting China, according to statistics released Wednesday.

Spanish FTTH connections double

Spain’s appetite for fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) lines remains undimmed, with the number of FTTH connections doubling over the past year to reach 288,012 by the end of 2012, according to a new report published by Telefónica.

Netflix: We love Google Fiber!

US online video service Netflix has released the latest data for broadband connections in the US which carry its streams, and they make some interesting reading, including the revelation that Google Fiber is now the most consistently fast ISP in the country.

Deutsche Telekom to spend €30bn on fibre and LTE

Germany’s Deutsche Telekom has confirmed plans to invest a whopping €30bn between now and 2015, with €6bn destined for broadband rollout in Germany using fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC), vectoring and LTE technologies, and €4bn to be used for building an LTE network in the United States.

UK broadband gets budget boost

Twelve cities in the UK will receive additional funding for superfast broadband following an autumn budget update. UK Chancellor George Osborne confirmed that 12 smaller cities would benefit from a funding pot of £50m, in addition to the 10 cities that were added earlier in the year.

BT adds big data analytics to its toolkit

UK telco BT has chosen Alcatel-Lucent to strengthen its customer service capabilities by using a new set of data collection and management solutions in its broadband and IPTV support departments.

NSN spins off optical networks division

Telecoms equipment vendor Nokia Siemens Networks continues to streamline its operation, on Monday announcing plans to offload its optical networks business to an investment firm.

Cisco to buy networking specialist Cariden for $141m

US telecoms equipment vendor Cisco has confirmed its intention to acquire privately-held Californian firm Cariden Technologies, a supplier of network planning, design and traffic management solutions, for around $141m in cash and retention-based incentives.

Jersey Telecom looks locally for FTTH tech

JT Group, one of the major telecoms providers for the Channel Islands, has selected local supplier Genexis to provide the optical home gateways needed for its rollout of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connections to all 42,000 homes on Jersey.

Euro FTTH switchover “could take 92 years”

The switchover from copper-based to completely fibre-based broadband networks in the EU could take 92 years unless the region’s national governments embark on a comprehensive switchover plan, according to UK-based consultancy Ventura Team.

Deutsche Telekom planning vectoring rollout for 2013

Germany’s biggest telco has indicated plans to introduce vectoring technology on its copper network, enabling it to offer much higher broadband speeds without the heavy investments associated with fibre.

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