Category: Broadband


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.

State of Play

Olivier Baujard, chief technology officer for the Deutsche Telekom Group, will be giving a keynote speech on day two of the Broadband World Forum. Ahead of the conference, we speak to him regarding his thoughts on the challenges and opportunities facing one of the biggest telecoms players on the global stage.

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.

Vivre la fiber

France Telecom is one of Europe’s telecoms heavyweights and the largest internet provider in France. Thierry Bonhomme, senior executive vice-president of Orange Labs Networks and Carriers, a keynote speaker on day three of the upcoming Broadband World Forum, recently provided Telecoms.com with a snapshot of the company’s position in its domestic market and the wider world.

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.

UK moving towards the next generation of ‘super’ HD viewing

Around 94 per cent of UK households will have a TV set capable of receiving high-definition (HD) programming by 2016, according to the latest forecasts from Informa Telecoms & Media. This compares favorably with the worldwide average of 48 per cent and puts the UK third globally, behind Canada and New Zealand (each with 95 per cent).

Shadow Boxing

Malcolm Turnbull, the Australian Shadow Minister for Communications on Broadband, tells Telecoms.com why he opposes the current government’s plans for deploying the much-anticipated National Broadband Network. Turnbull argues that existing technologies still have plenty to offer, and explains how his party, if elected, would do things differently.

Prepping the Light Fantastic

When US carrier LightSquared’s LTE network goes live it will represent the biggest shake-up of the US wireless operator market since the break-up of AT&T. Ahead of his speaker slot at the Broadband World Forum in September in Paris, we talk to Martin Harriman, EVP of LightSquared.

Talking Latin

Edmundo Poggio, director of regulatory affairs at Telecom Argentina, speaks ahead of his participation in a panel session on day one of the Broadband World Forum in September.

Polls

Following comments from the European Data Protection Supervisor, do you feel the internet giants are taking advantage of the digital economy?

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