Category: Broadband


Sweden auctions 1800MHz spectrum

The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) will begin a spectrum auction on Wednesday to award block licences for use of the country’s 1800MHz band.

Emerson wins AUS$100m deal for Australian NBN

The Australian government has awarded Emerson Network Power a AUS$100 million contract to supply key infrastructure to the National Broadband Network (NBN) project in Australia. Emerson, said that it will be designing, supplying and installing cooling and infrastructure management systems at ten network centres to support the NBN roll-out across Australia.

BT Openreach to offer 300 Mbps from spring 2012

UK network operator BT Openreach has made three announcements which together will provide a major boost to its fibre broadband project, and potentially propel the UK up the broadband league tables.

Small cell start-up challenges femto vendors

US network technology startup SpiderCloud, which has developed a miniature 3G RAN, says it has solved the problem of in-building offload for enterprise use in commercial 3G cellular networks. The firm’s CEO, former Flarion exec Mike Gallagher, told Telecoms.com that none of the femtocell solutions on the market can compete with his firm’s new solution, and said he was prepared to have a “bake-off” with any vendor that claimed to have a product that could deliver the same performance.

EU wants to make copper less attractive

EU Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes has announced a public consultation looking for ways to make copper-based telecommunications networks less attractive to operators in a bid to spur investment in fiber.

BBWF Paris: 2012 will be year of connected home

Telecoms.com’s Dawinder Sahota reports back on last week’s Broadband World Forum event, where vendors and operators alike were proclaiming 2012 as the year of the Internet of Things. The show highlighted the increasing importance of ubiquitous connectivity to consumers across the world.

Billion mobile broadband connections in Brazil by 2022 says regulator

Nelson Takayanagi, Superintendent of the Private Sector at Brazilian telecoms regulator Anatel, has indicated that the body sees mobile broadband as having far greater growth prospects in Brazil than fixed, estimating that the number of mobile broadband accesses will reach 1bn by 2022.

Orange: “We need new partnerships”

France Telecom-Orange needs new partnerships with IT specialists if it is to prosper in the brave new world of cloud computing and services, according to Thierry Bonhomme, senior executive vice president for networks & carriers and research & development at the French telco.

Smart pipes the answer for STC

Dr. Saad Al Khatani, Group CSO of Saudi Telecom Company (STC), believes smart pipes are the only way to effectively offset the high set-up and running costs of modern broadband networks, and maintain Quality of Service to the customer as new applications and services are added.

SoftAtHome and Ikanos partner on next-gen home gateways

SoftAtHome, a software provider of home operating platforms for the Digital Home, has started working with US silicone specialist Ikanos Communications to bring a next-generation gateway platform to the market.

Failure is the path to innovation says NSN chief

The telecoms industry needs to become more comfortable with failure if is to innovate, an executive head of Nokia Siemens Networks has said. Bosco Novak, chief of customer operations and executive board member at NSN told the audience on the second day of the Broadband World Forum that being allowed to fail will help foster a culture of innovation.

Most data traffic limited to three cells per user Deutsche Telekom CTO reveals

Truly mobile usage is a for the most part a myth, according to the CTO of Deutsche Telekom. Speaking in his keynote address at the Broadband World Forum on Wednesday, Olivier Baujard said that according to Deutsche Telekom’s data analysis, 80 per cent of traffic for a typical customer is generated from just three cells.

Can Hulu crack Japan’s crowded online video market?

The announcement on Aug. 10 that US online-video site Hulu
was planning to make its first foray into Asia Pacific with the launch of
services in Japan did not come as a particularly big surprise, considering that
Hulu had never made a secret of its international ambitions.

“We have to extend beyond cellular”, says Verizon spokesperson

US carrier Verizon should think of itself as a hub for all internet connectivity and not just a service provider, the company said to an audience at the Broadband World Forum on Tuesday. Aparna Khurjekar, executive director of business solutions group at Verizon said: “We could be providing a gamut of services that could be supported by Verizon and monetising them. You have to extend beyond cellular.”

Global broadband growth remains steady

New figures released today by industry body the Broadband Forum have revealed that global broadband growth remained steady in the first half of this year, with more than 29 million customers added in the six-month period to reach a total of 557.8 million worldwide.

Australian politician and Google clash over fiber

The Australian shadow minister for communications and broadband, Malcolm Turnball, has criticised Google for its support for the Australian government’s NBN scheme, which Turnball described as, ”the most expensive, most anti-competitive broadband network in the world”.

Broadband boost linked to economic growth

The potential contribution of nationwide broadband to economic growth is a staple point in any political party’s manifesto. But research released this week by consultancy Arthur D. Little, Chalmers University of Technology and Ericsson, reveals there is some truth to the claims. In fact, doubling the broadband speed for an economy increases GDP by about 0.3 per cent.

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.

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