Category: Broadband


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.

Broadband speeds stutter, while Brazilian connections multiply

Despite the continuing roll-out of high-speed networks around the world, average and peak connection speeds actually declined by seven per cent between the second and third quarters of 2012 to 2.8Mbps, according to Akamai’s latest State of the Internet report.

du migrates to single IP network to boost convergence

UAE telco du has tapped Alcatel-Lucent for IP-routing technology to consolidate all its telecoms services onto a single network, with big gains in speed and performance expected, along with simplified network operation.

Reggefiber buys Rotterdam’s FTTH network

Dutch fibre network operator Reggefiber has bought the city of Rotterdam’s fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network for €2mn, covering over 5,000 homes across the city.

CTO, Zain: “Data growth is the biggest challenge in today’s market”

Yousef Abu Mutawe, CTO, Zain, is delivering the opening keynote on Day Two of the Broadband MEA 2013 conference, taking place on the 19th-20th March 2013 at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai, UAE, Dubai, UAE. Ahead of the show we learn about Zain’s activities in the past year, why wifi offload is crucial for it and of which technologies it is making use.

Australia’s NBN exceeds year-end target for fibre buildout

NBN Co, the firm mandated by the Australian government to design, build and operate a nationwide fibre network, has revealed that it has slightly exceeded its target to have construction commenced or completed in areas covering 758,000 premises before the end of 2012.

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