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Peer pressure

With the countdown starting to the Broadband World Forum in September, telecoms.com caught up with opening day keynote speaker Eric Klinker, chief executive of BitTorrent to discuss his views on traffic throttling, privacy and future plans.

Iran’s ICT industry held back by the lack of 3G

Despite a difficult operating environment and various restrictions on the operators’ ability to develop their infrastructure, Iran has one of the highest SIM penetrations in the Middle East, reaching 98.27 per cent at end-1Q11. The country’s high penetration is partly due to its multiple-SIM uptake, but is also due to the demand for mobile telephony services in a majority-youth market.

Half a million Brits adopt superfast broadband

An Ofcom report on the transformation of the UK’s communications market during the last decade has revealed consumers are adopting superfast broadband connections at a rapid clip, with 500,000 households now connected to speeds of 30Mbps or higher – a fivefold increase from 2010.

Falcone blames existing GPS players for LightSquared interference issues

Philip Falcone, manager of hedge fund Harbinger Investments, which funds US wholesale LTE/satellite player LightSquared, has hit back at the US interest group the Coalition to Save our GPS, claiming that interference problems are the fault of incumbent GPS users, and not of LightSquared. In an interview with US broadcaster CNBC, Falcone said that existing GPS users did not apply the “proper filtering” to their devices and that “we’re not interfering with them; they’re interfering with us.”

LTE in the Land of the Rising Sun

As part of our look at the Japanese LTE market and ahead of his speaking appearance at the sixth annual LTE Asia conference, we speak to Sadayuki Abeta, director of the Radio Access Network development, for leading Japanese mobile operator NTT DoCoMo.

Riverside, CA the best-connected city in the US

The most recent State of the Internet report from US firm Akamai Technologies, a provider of cloud optimisation services, has found (amongst other things) that the global average internet connection speed increased 23 per cent on an annual basis in the first quarter of this year to reach 2.1Mbps.

Ericsson joins du’s FTTH project

Du, one of the two major operators in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has selected GPON solutions from Ericsson for its rollout of a Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) network in the country.

BT to extend ADSL2+ footprint to 90% of UK homes

UK telco BT has indicated that it plans to significantly extend the footprint of its ADSL2+ network to around 90% of UK homes (or 22.5mn premises) by spring 2013, delivering speeds of up to 20 Mbps.

Bell Aliant makes strong progress on FTTH rollout

Canada’s Bell Aliant made major progress in its Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) expansion plan in the second quarter of this year, and now passes 294,000 homes and businesses in Atlantic Canada with the technology – with over half of its FTTH expansion plan still to come.

NSN loses out as Lightsquared confirms Sprint tie-up

US wholesale player Lightsquared has confirmed that it has entered into a partnership with Sprint Nextel that will see Sprint deploy an LTE network on Lightsquared’s behalf. The deal has put a serious dent in the US ambitions of Nokia Siemens Networks, which was named as Lightsquared’s network deployment partner last year.

eircom to invest over €100m in fibre rollout

Irish operator Eircom Group has announced that it plans to “significantly” upgrade Ireland’s telecoms infrastructure by rolling out fibre-based access technologies across the country, before launching IPTV over the new infrastructure in mid-2012.

UK broadband speeds up 10% in six months

UK consumers are enjoying a boost in their average broadband speeds, but the gap between actual and advertised speeds has also increased, according to new findings from communications regulator Ofcom.

Talking Telstra

Ahead of his presentation at the Broadband World Forum in September, Hugh Bradlow, chief technology officer of Australian operator Telstra, speaks to Telecoms.com. Chief among his concerns is maintaining Telstra’s status as a provider of services rather than simple access.

Google starting work on first fibre city in Kansas

Google has released fresh details regarding its fibre-to-the-premises project in Kansas City. On the Google Fiber blog, Kevin Lo, general manager of the Google Access division said that the company was now conducting the next phase of the project which he referred to as “detail engineering”.

euNetworks announces fibre-optic deal with Vodafone

euNetworks, a fibre-optic infrastructure provider has announced a network supply deal with Vodafone Germany. As part of the agreement, euNetworks will deliver fibre services to the operator in Frankfurt, Hamburg, Berlin and Munich. The deal will enable Vodafone Germany to enhance its backhaul for its LTE network, which it is continuing to roll-out since in launch in December 2010 and now reaches more than four million homes. euNetworks owns 13 fibre-based metropolitan networks across Europe and according to a statement the deal will, “enable Vodafone to benefit from euNetworks extended footprint”.

Du builds optical backbone

United Arab Emirates telco du has completed the first phase of a project to expand its Optical Transport Network along with its backbone infrastructure.

Australian ISP chief criticises NBN over pricing

The head of Australian ISP Internode has criticised the NBN Co. for its pricing model. Internode chief executive Simon Hackett said in a blog post that despite government promises that Australian consumers would pay similar prices for access to the fibre-optic based NBN as they do for xDSL, in practice it would cost considerably more.

WIMAX: The Long Goodbye

As CTO of US carrier Sprint Nextel, Stephen Bye presides over one of the most complex combinations of network technologies within the mobile industry. Bye talks to Telecoms.com about his preparations for the next phase of the carrier’s technological evolution and the long-awaited, yet still not officially announced, move to LTE.

Boost for UK rural broadband after regulator forces price drop

UK regular Ofcom has told incumbent BT that it must reduce the wholesale prices it charges ISPs for delivering broadband services to primarily rural areas. The regulator said that the price reduction of 12 per cent below inflation will make it more affordable for ISPs to offer service to remote areas. It also said that it expects the move to promote competition between ISPs, leading to cheaper prices to consumers. It could also lead to faster speeds, as ISP’s will be able to purchase more capacity from BT Wholesale without increasing costs.

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