Category: Broadband


UK government aims to be leading EU broadband nation by 2015

UK minister for culture, communications and the creative industries Ed Vaizey has pledged to ensure the UK becomes the leading European nation in terms of speed and penetration of fibre-based broadband services by 2015. Speaking at Chinese vendor Huawei’s Broadband Forum event in London today, the MP said that the UK has the most ambitious plan for broadband services of any European nation.

Chile’s Movistar pursues fibre ambitions

Telefónica’s Chilean subsidiary Movistar has connected up half a million homes across the country with fibre and is now getting ready to launch an IPTV service, according to local reports.

Connecting the home

Jane Chen, Senior Vice President, ZTE Corporation, talks to telecoms.com about cloud, connected home and wireless broadband. FTTX investment is high on the agenda, as is optical networking, but at the other end of the connection is consumer premise equipment which ZTE also claims a strong role in.

Getting backhaul in sync

Karl Thedéen, Chief Executive Officer, Transmode, spoke to telecoms.com at Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam. He sees mobile backhaul as one of the hottest areas in the market at present and said his company is having many conversations around developments in ethernet and synochronisation capabilities for mobile backhaul as well as SDH migration.

Service agility

Alfeo Pareschi, Pre-Sales Director, Axiros, talks to telecoms.com at Broadband World Forum about using device management tools to make operator services more agile.

Creating a climate for investment

Partnership will be essential to the future of European broadband, according to Eelco Blok, the CEO of Dutch incumbent operator KPN, who was speaking during the keynote session at Broadband World Forum.

Watch his presentation at the event.

A networked society

Ericsson’s CTO Ulf Ewaldsson opened Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam with some impressive numbers: 85 per cent of the world is covered with 2G voice; 45 per cent of the population is covered with 3G; and five per cent is covered by a 4G system, which he expects to reach 50 per cent in the next five years. There are a billion phones with internet connectivity and 11 million cars online.

Watch his presentation above and hear his views…

Making the most of copper

David Dunphy, Senior Director – Product Marketing, Actelis talks to telecoms.com at Broadband World Forum about copper being an operator’s greatest asset even today and one that should not be underestimated, especially as it’s already paid for.

BBWF: Scaling out through the cloud

Jeff Spagnola, Vice President – Worldwide Managed-Cloud Services, at Cisco Systems, talks to telecoms.com at Broadband World Forum 2012 about how the company is using its partners as a route to market for the cloud services that end users want to consume.

EE prices LTE for broad-base of users

Everything Everywhere (“EE”), the newly-created UK operator owned by Orange and T-Mobile, had a blank sheet of paper to define how it positioned in the UK market with its upcoming LTE launch. This would no doubt have been a daunting if thrilling prospect, and obviously not without a reasonable probability for failure. Rather than radical change, what EE has done is hone-in on the core operator functions while rethinking how it can differentiate in the market with them.

Augmenting print

Augmented reality continues to be seen as one of those sexy technologies that has captured the industry’s attention but has yet to find a strong business model. Speaking in the Business Model Transformation stream at Broadband World Forum yesterday, Raimo Van der Klein, creative director and co founder of Amsterdam-based Layar, said his company was now looking to print as a “very fertile” land of opportunity.

Comcast thinks outside the box

By shifting innovation from its set top box product into the cloud, US cable TV provider Comcast has revolutionised its offering, according to Mark Hess, senior vice president at the company. Speaking in the keynotes on Wednesday morning, Hess said: “Years ago we were trapped in that set top box. We could never manage to get the innovation into the box.”

Games industry is “fighting broadband”

The games industry is the biggest entertainment sector in the world and its principal problem today is the limitations placed on it by broadband networks. That was the message delivered to delegates on Wednesday morning by Ian Livingstone, life president of game developer Eidos and one of the founding fathers of the games industry.

Comcast reveals IPv6 targets

US cable operator Comcast plans to have IPv6 available to all its customers by mid-2013, its Distinguished Engineer & Chief Architect for IPv6 John Brzozowski, told an audience at the Broadband World Forum. Brzozowski said that Comcast’s plan was to deploy IPv6 incrementally, and the priority was to ensure that it would not affect its customers’ experience. “We are not going to die the death of 1000 cuts,” he said.

Spain and Luxembourg nudge into Europe’s FTTH leadership table

Uptake of fibre broadband services continues to grow in Europe, with the region’s 35 largest economies seeing a 16% increase in fibre-to-the-home/fibre-to-the-building (FTTH/B) subscribers during the first half of this year to reach 5.95mn, according to the latest figures from industry body the FTTH Council Europe.

Deutsche Telekom CTO: “We have to simplify the cloud architecture”

There is a clear need for standardisation of network virtualisation and cloud services – that was the verdict of Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, Chief Technology Officer at Deutsche Telekom, delivering a keynote presentation at the Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam this morning.

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