Category: Broadband


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.

Qualcomm hits back at India’s DoT over broadband licence

Qualcomm has hit back at India’s Department of Telecom after being told it stands to lose the $1bn investment and its ISP licence that it acquired in the country’s wireless broadband airwaves (BWA) auction. The company said that it applied for its ISP licence through locally incorporated entities on 9th of Aug 2010, which is well within the three months window period as required by the NIA.

eircom confirms first locations for fibre rollout

Irish telco eircom has announced the locations for phase one of its fibre rollout plan, including communities in six counties across all four of the Irish Republic’s provinces, as well as major cities including Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick.

Broadband InfoVision Awards preview

With just a couple of weeks to go until the Broadband InfoVision Awards in Paris, we examine the shortlist for Category 7 – Enabling Silicon and Component-Level Technologies.

Rollover broadband contracts banned in the UK

Ofcom, the UK telecoms regulator, has announced that it has banned contracts that automatically tie customers into new contracts if they fail to opt out. The new rules, which come into force from 31st December, will ban Automatically Renewable Contracts (ARC), which commit customers to a new minimum term for their broadband, and impose penalties for leaving.

France rejects call to stop wireless auction

France’s Conseil d’Etat (Council of State)has rejected a bid by mobile operator Iliad to stop the government’s auction of 4G mobile licences. The company had petitioned the court for an emergency injunction to halt the auction, ahead of its September 15 launch date, saying it was not fair to all telecom operators.

Ofcom claims delay speculation is irrelevant

Mobile network operators will not be able to roll out 4G LTE services until 2013 at the earliest, due to technical issues, according to UK regulatory body Ofcom, rendering speculation about whether the spectrum auction will be delayed as irrelevant.

Broadband InfoVision Awards preview

With less than a month to go until the Broadband InfoVision Awards, to be held in Paris this month, we examine the shortlist for Category 6 – Broadband Home: Appliances, Devices, Home Networks & Services.

MBNL signs £100m deal with Virgin Media Business

Mobile Broadband Network Ltd (MBNL) the joint venture between T-Mobile and Three, has signed an eight-year contract worth over £100m with Virgin Media Business to provide higher mobile broadband speeds for its customers.

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