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Swindon’s offices to gain LTE boost courtesy of UK Broadband

The borough of Swindon is to become the first area in the UK to be covered by a live commercial LTE network courtesy of the 4G network wholesaler UK Broadband. The service will be aimed predominantly at public sector and businesses via a fixed-wireless services, but local residents will be able to take advantage of the network through retail partnerships via Mifi type devices, which it said would be available from September.

Orange looks to revitalise video conferencing

Orange Business Services, the France Telecom owned brand, has announced the latest attempt to revitalise video conferencing, saying that conditions were now right for the technology to succeed. At a press event that connected London, Paris and Beijing through its cloud-based video conferencing solution Telepresence Pass, the chief executive for Orange Business Services, Vivek Badrinath, said that a crucial difference of over previous iterations of the technology was that it was cloud-based enabling it to be fully managed by Orange.

Vodafone lends support to Australia NBN, defends Huawei

Vodafone Hutchinson Australia has said that the NBN fibre to the premises project is vital to support mobile connectivity, the Register has reported. At an open public hearing of the Joint Committee on the National Broadband Network Matthew Lobb, Vodafone’s general manager of public policy, told the committee that the argument that “because consumers love mobile tech they don’t like wires the NBN is not important” was misleading and that “getting fixed line right is absolutely crucial for mobile networks.”

Vermont Telephone upgrades broadband capabilities

US telco Vermont Telephone has selected a range of solutions from Alcatel-Lucent as it prepares to increase the availability of super-fast broadband and deliver IP video services in its service territory in Southern Vermont

Indonesian regulator: “By 2015 half of the population will be connected to the internet”

Heru Sutadi is Commissioner at the Indonesian Telecom Regulatory Authority. He is speaking on Day One of the Broadband Asia 2012 conference on the 15th-16th May 2012, KL Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Ahead of the upcoming conference Telecoms.com talks to him about the challenges facing service providers and operators in rolling out broadband in the country.

Over 8m North American homes enjoying FTTH broadband

Around 900,000 households across the US, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean signed up for Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) broadband services in the 12 months to March 2012, according to new figures from the FTTH Council Americas

HKBN sell off opens way for content push

There are some deals that you really should see coming a long way off but somehow you miss them and then when the headline lands in your inbox like a right-hook from Mike Tyson back in the 1980′s you feel a little foolish.

Hong Kong Broadband Network: “For us, speed is always the first priority”

Henry Yeung is head of network development at Hong Kong Broadband Network. He is speaking on the subject of Cloud TV on Day One of the Broadband ip&TV Asia 2012 conference, taking place on the 15th-16th May 2012, KL Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In this interview he explains why network speed is at the core of what the operator does but that coverage remains a challenge.

Crown Fibre CEO, “FTTH will enable New Zealand to compete in a global marketplace”

Graham Mitchell is CEO of Crown Fibre Holdings, a group tasked with bringing ultra-fast broadband to New Zealand. He is speaking on Day Two of the Broadband ip&TV Asia 2012 conference taking place on the 15th-16th May 2012, KL Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He tells Telecoms.com how New Zealand’s ambitious initiative of rolling out fibre could help others learn from its experience.

ITU report finds broadband pivotal to creating a low-carbon future

Broadband services can help the world transition towards a low-carbon economy and address the causes and effects of climate change, according to a new report from the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, part of the International Telecommunications Union

Ofcom puts 700MHz on the table for mobile broadband

Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, has proposed that 700MHz spectrum could be refarmed from digital TV and used for mobile broadband instead, in order to cope with the expected demand for data. However, in its view, this is unlikely to happen until 2018, due to the need to establish European wide agreement.

IP&TV 2012 round-up

As always Informa’s analyst team was out in force at this year’s IP&TV World Forum – the last IP&TV World Forum, it turns out, as the show re-brands to TV Connect for 2013 and beyond. This year’s show was certainly bigger and brasher than previous years (exhibit a: the Red Bull F1 car on the upper floor) and most of the conversations we had showed companies in bullish mood about future opportunities.

UK super-fast altnets starting to find their niche

A report from Point Topic finds that smaller network operators are beginning to find a niche for high-speed broadband services in the UK, despite BT and Virgin Media gaining real scale with their own market-dominating services.

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