Category: Broadband


Canada’s MTS picks up Pace

Canadian telco MTS has selected residential broadband gateways from UK firm Pace to deliver new services and increase its footprint and line speed in the province of Manitoba.

Russia emerges as Europe’s FTTH leader

The adoption of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connections in Europe continues to grow apace, with Russia emerging as the region’s clear leader after a dramatic 42 per cent increase in FTTH connections in the second half of 2012, according to new figures from the FTTH Council Europe.

Australian’s NBN Co “could offer fibre-on-demand”

Australia’s shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has won headlines again for his outspoken views on the country’s National Broadband Network, this time claiming that he believes Australians could be offered on-demand access to fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connections as part of the nationwide rollout of fibre-to-the-node (FTTN).

Swisscom to invest CHF300m in fibre expansion

Switzerland’s biggest telco has chosen Chinese firm Huawei as strategic partner and supplier for expansion of its fibre-to-the-street (FTTS) network in areas outside the country’s major urban areas, following successful tests last autumn.

Brazil powers past 25mn broadband subs

Brazilian appetite for broadband connections shows no signs of waning, according to Cisco’s latest Broadband Barometer, which found that there were 25.5mn fixed broadband connections in Brazil offering speeds of 2 Mbps and over by the end of 2012.

EU’s €9bn broadband fund wiped out

After a tense few days of wrangling over budget cuts by Europe’s political leaders, it was scarcely good news for the €9.2bn pot of funding for broadband networks championed by Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for Digital Agenda.

Investment in fibre priority for fixed operators

Fibre has been identified as the top priority in terms of investment for fixed line operators over the next 24 months. Investment in fibre was followed by cloud and IPTV/video by respondents to Telecoms.com Intelligence’s Industry Survey 2013.

BT unshackles broadband packages and adds cloud services

UK incumbent telco BT has announced that, bar its entry-level deals, broadband packages will no longer have any usage limits or traffic management applied. The move applies upwards from its £16 a month upto 16Mbps copper-based ADSL package, and to its 38Mbps and 76Mbps FTTC offerings.

Is telco SDN the new IMS?

It feels like 2006 once again: vendors are creating fanciful and colourful presentations about SDN and operators are discussing about the need to move from silos to horizontal platforms and networks. In a way, almost the same story was told six years ago for IMS, but deployments were far smaller than expected. So is SDN following the footsteps of IMS?

Support grows for MoCA and HomePlug

The number of households in North American using the Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) standard as their home networking technology of choice will exceed 25 million by 2014, with similar numbers for the HomePlug standard in Western Europe, according to ABI Research.

Huawei and Vodafone trial 2Tbps fibre connection

Vodafone and Chinese telecoms equipment vendor Huawei have completed the world’s first successful field trials of 2Tbps optical fibre transmission technologies on Vodafone’s live network in Germany.

Liquid consolidates pan-African fibre network

African fibre network operator and subsidiary of Econet Wireless, Liquid Telecom, said Tuesday it has struck a deal to acquire the East African telecom assets of Altech Group. The move will create Africa’s largest single fibre network across Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho and South Africa.

New codec set to ease load on broadband networks

A video format that promises to make streaming video over the internet much more efficient has been ratified by the ITU. The H.265 standard, also known as High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), is claimed to be twice as efficient as its predecessor, H.264.

Tata brings 100G from New York to London

Carrier services firm Tata Communications, which is part of the India-based Tata conglomerate, this week upgraded its trans-Atlantic TGN-Atlantic (TGN-A) subsea cable to run 100Gbps between New York and London.

Research centre pinning hopes on white space spectrum

A research centre focussed on developing white space technology has been opened at Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Scotland. The centre aims to work with players in the industry such as Microsoft, BT, the BBC and the UK government to develop technology that will tap into the unused white space spectrum.

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