Category: Broadband


Billion mobile broadband connections in Brazil by 2022 says regulator

Nelson Takayanagi, Superintendent of the Private Sector at Brazilian telecoms regulator Anatel, has indicated that the body sees mobile broadband as having far greater growth prospects in Brazil than fixed, estimating that the number of mobile broadband accesses will reach 1bn by 2022.

Orange: “We need new partnerships”

France Telecom-Orange needs new partnerships with IT specialists if it is to prosper in the brave new world of cloud computing and services, according to Thierry Bonhomme, senior executive vice president for networks & carriers and research & development at the French telco.

Smart pipes the answer for STC

Dr. Saad Al Khatani, Group CSO of Saudi Telecom Company (STC), believes smart pipes are the only way to effectively offset the high set-up and running costs of modern broadband networks, and maintain Quality of Service to the customer as new applications and services are added.

SoftAtHome and Ikanos partner on next-gen home gateways

SoftAtHome, a software provider of home operating platforms for the Digital Home, has started working with US silicone specialist Ikanos Communications to bring a next-generation gateway platform to the market.

Failure is the path to innovation says NSN chief

The telecoms industry needs to become more comfortable with failure if is to innovate, an executive head of Nokia Siemens Networks has said. Bosco Novak, chief of customer operations and executive board member at NSN told the audience on the second day of the Broadband World Forum that being allowed to fail will help foster a culture of innovation.

Most data traffic limited to three cells per user Deutsche Telekom CTO reveals

Truly mobile usage is a for the most part a myth, according to the CTO of Deutsche Telekom. Speaking in his keynote address at the Broadband World Forum on Wednesday, Olivier Baujard said that according to Deutsche Telekom’s data analysis, 80 per cent of traffic for a typical customer is generated from just three cells.

“We have to extend beyond cellular”, says Verizon spokesperson

US carrier Verizon should think of itself as a hub for all internet connectivity and not just a service provider, the company said to an audience at the Broadband World Forum on Tuesday. Aparna Khurjekar, executive director of business solutions group at Verizon said: “We could be providing a gamut of services that could be supported by Verizon and monetising them. You have to extend beyond cellular.”

Global broadband growth remains steady

New figures released today by industry body the Broadband Forum have revealed that global broadband growth remained steady in the first half of this year, with more than 29 million customers added in the six-month period to reach a total of 557.8 million worldwide.

Australian politician and Google clash over fiber

The Australian shadow minister for communications and broadband, Malcolm Turnball, has criticised Google for its support for the Australian government’s NBN scheme, which Turnball described as, ”the most expensive, most anti-competitive broadband network in the world”.

Broadband boost linked to economic growth

The potential contribution of nationwide broadband to economic growth is a staple point in any political party’s manifesto. But research released this week by consultancy Arthur D. Little, Chalmers University of Technology and Ericsson, reveals there is some truth to the claims. In fact, doubling the broadband speed for an economy increases GDP by about 0.3 per cent.

Broadband revenue to overtake voice in 2012, says Ovum

Global consumer fixed broadband revenues will overtake voice for the first time in 2012, according to analyst firm Ovum, as consumer landlines decline in number by 18 per cent over the next five years. While fixed voice is set to decline, fixed broadband is forecast to grow enjoy continued, steady growth.

Etisalat brings LTE to UAE

Etisalat has announced the launch of its 4G LTE service in the UAE.

The LTE-FDD mobile network will cover all major cities in the country in the first deployment phase, with Etisalat promising data download speeds of up to 100 Mbps.

France allocates LTE spectrum

French regulator Arcep has announced that all four of the country’s major operators have won licences to use its 2.6 GHz frequency band, which will be used in the deployment of LTE mobile networks. Orange/France Telecom will be allocated a duplex frequency block of 20 MHz, for which it bid €287.12m, while Iliad’s Free Mobile will also be allocated the same, after bidding €271m.

Cloud-based gaming service launches in the UK

UK incumbent BT has announced the launch of a new cloud-based gaming service, in conjunction with OnLive. The service, which is available in the UK exclusively via BT Broadband, will enable customers to access more than 100 video games, streamed into homes via the internet. The system, which went live in the US in June 2010 eschews conventional games console hardware for content streamed from remote data centres using advanced video compression techniques to keep the bandwidth requirements manageable.

LightSquared says interference issue solved by filter

Aspiring US wholesale player LightSquared, which is planning a nationwide wireless broadband offering over satellite and LTE networks, has released details of a technical solution that it says will put an end to interference between its network and GPS devices.

Broadband InfoVision Awards preview

With just one week to go until the Broadband InfoVision Awards in Paris, we examine the shortlist for Category 8 – Core and Metro Network Innovation and Advances.

Qatari homes switch on to fibre

Qtel, one of the two major telecoms providers in Qatar (the other being Vodafone Qatar), has started connecting its customers to the country’s new fibre-based broadband network.

BT announces latest locations for fibre broadband

UK telco BT has revealed the locations of a further 114 exchanges where it will install fibre-based infrastructure, which together will serve more than one million homes and businesses.

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