Category: Broadband


Google ready to start laying fibre

Google has confirmed that it is ready to start building its Google Fibre network in Kansas City (Kansas) and Kansas City (Missouri).

Huawei wins Kiwi fibre contract

Chinese vendor Huawei has been awarded a contract to supply fibre equipment for the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) network being built in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand

Ofcom to force down wholesale broadband costs, but BT disputes decision

The UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has said it will be forcing down the prices that Openreach, the wholesale division of incumbent BT, can charge for broadband and telephone rental. The proposed charge controls would reduce the cost of a “fully unbundled line” from £91.50 to £87.41, and shared unbundled line, where an ISP used the line just to provide broadband, would drop from £14.70 to £11.92, while the cost for phone rental services would drop from £103.68 to £98.81.

BT trials “FTTP on-demand”

UK telco BT has successfully trialled the delivery of Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband on an on-demand basis in St Agnes, Cornwall, delivering speeds of up to 300 Mbps

Sky looks to retain position with fibre and IPTV offerings

Sky, the UK TV broadcaster and ISP has announced that it is adding a fibre broadband product to its internet packages, while also for the first time offering an á la carte internet TV service to compete with UK newcomer Netflix.

Sky’s fibre service, based on the UK incumbent BT’s wholesale network, will offer download speed of 40Mb at a cost of £20 a month, undercutting BT. Sky said that the fibre package would be available to 30 per cent of UK homes, and that this would increase in line with BT’s fibre rollout.

Virgin Media to boost speeds for UK cable customers

UK broadband provider Virgin Media has announced that it is to double the broadband speeds of most of its customers at no extra cost. The ISP, which provides hybrid cable connectivity to four million households across the UK, said that it will double the top-line speeds of all those on its 10Mb, 20Mb, 30Mb and 50Mb packages, while increasing those already on its 100Mb package to 120Mb.

Global broadband subs surge

The number of broadband subscribers worldwide rose by 3.08 per cent (or 17.4 million lines) during the third quarter of 2011 to reach a total of 581.3 million, according to new figures prepared for the Broadband Forum by Point Topic.

4G and the race to provide superfast broadband

According to UK regulator Ofcom, we have become a ‘smartphone nation’, ultra-connected night and day via the magic of mobile technology. But the evidence suggests that the UK is falling behind the rest of the world in providing the kind of networks needed to support the explosion in mobile device usage and data consumption.

Magyar launches LTE in Hungary

T-Mobile’s Hungarian subsidiary Magyar Telekom has become the first operator to offer a 4G-LTE mobile broadband service in the country. The service was launched across ten districts of Budapest after the operator carried out a three-month extended network testing phase, involving over a hundred personal and business users.

BT adds 178 exchanges to fibre roll-out

UK incumbent telco BT has added a further 178 exchanges across the country to its fibre deployment programme. These new exchanges cover more than 1.8mn homes and businesses, and the majority of them will be enabled in 2012.

Global penetration of IPTV to pass 1% in 2012

A report from US firm Pyramid Research which details its expectations for the telecoms market in 2012 predicts that managed-network IPTV services will be in one per cent of households worldwide next year.

UK government offers £100m broadband boost, but only for cities

The UK government has announced a plan to invest £100m ($156m) to create ten ‘super-connected’ cities equipped with high-speed broadband in the country. The announcement was made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osbourne in his Autumn Statement and forms part of a general £5bn increase in infrastructure spending, in an attempt to boost the UK’s stalling economy.

MTS Allstream selects Ciena for 100Gbps upgrade

Canadian telco MTS Allstream has deployed optical technology from US firm Ciena in order to upgrade its national optical fibre transmission network to support 100Gbps data transport.

Bouygues begins all-IP transformation

French telco Bouygues Telecom has selected Alcatel-Lucent to take a lead role in transforming its broadband network into a single IP-based infrastructure that can support video, high-speed internet and voice services.

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