Category: Broadband


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.

A broadband view from Bangladesh

Munir Hasan, director of long term strategy and broadband at Bangladeshi carrier Grameenphone, and a speaker at next month’s Broadband World Forum in Paris, talks to Telecoms.com about some of the challenges facing telcos as well as the key issues being debated in the industry today.

Polls

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