Category: Broadband


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.

Emerging market broadband prices stifling growth

Fixed broadband services in emerging markets are more expensive than in mature markets, keeping them beyond the reach of the majority of consumers, according to research house Ovum. The firm studied broadband prices across 19 emerging markets, including South Africa, Nigeria and Colombia, concluding that growth in fixed broadband is being seriously impeded by the high service cost.

NBN Co confirms multicast for Oz network

NBN Co, the firm mandated by the Australian government to design, build and operate the country’s new fibre-based broadband network, has confirmed that it will offer multicast capabilities to service providers using the network that wish to deliver television services to their end-customers.

Local funding for rural projects means nothing without industry support

In recent years, in a bid to meet the Digital Britain mandate, thousands of pounds continue to be invested in local connectivity projects, particularly as BDUK funding continues to be allocated. Whereas this should be good news for affected regions, the reality is that uptake figures are low in many regions and this has left many local councils struggling to support and, therefore, justify the investment.

Hutch’s FTTB price cuts set the dumb-pipe question raging again

Sometimes the good people of Hong Kong must wonder what on earth they have done to deserve such a plethora of high-speed broadband offerings (writes Tony Brown, Senior Analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media). At times it must almost be too much, as their cup overflows with cut-rate 100Mbps offerings being forced upon them by market-share-hungry operators.

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