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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.

Emerging market broadband prices stifling growth

Fixed broadband services in emerging markets are more expensive than in mature markets, keeping them beyond the reach of the majority of consumers, according to research house Ovum. The firm studied broadband prices across 19 emerging markets, including South Africa, Nigeria and Colombia, concluding that growth in fixed broadband is being seriously impeded by the high service cost.

NBN Co confirms multicast for Oz network

NBN Co, the firm mandated by the Australian government to design, build and operate the country’s new fibre-based broadband network, has confirmed that it will offer multicast capabilities to service providers using the network that wish to deliver television services to their end-customers.

Local funding for rural projects means nothing without industry support

In recent years, in a bid to meet the Digital Britain mandate, thousands of pounds continue to be invested in local connectivity projects, particularly as BDUK funding continues to be allocated. Whereas this should be good news for affected regions, the reality is that uptake figures are low in many regions and this has left many local councils struggling to support and, therefore, justify the investment.

Hutch’s FTTB price cuts set the dumb-pipe question raging again

Sometimes the good people of Hong Kong must wonder what on earth they have done to deserve such a plethora of high-speed broadband offerings (writes Tony Brown, Senior Analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media). At times it must almost be too much, as their cup overflows with cut-rate 100Mbps offerings being forced upon them by market-share-hungry operators.

CSL’s fear of the unlimited

As we approach the Broadband World Forum, taking place on the 27-29 September 2011 at the CNIT, La Defense, Paris, France we speak to Han Willem Kotterman, executive vice president of customer service and operations for Hong Kong operator CSL

ZTE selected for Indian broadband project

Indian telco BSNL has selected Chinese vendor ZTE to deploy ultra high-speed ADSL2+ and next-generation VDSL2+ broadband devices across the operator’s network.

A formidable transformation

Ahead of his speaking slot at the Broadband World Forum in September, Saad Dhafer Al Qahtani, head of group strategic operations at the Saudi Telecom Company (STC) gives an insight into the group’s international operations.

Operators waiting for FTTH equipment prices to drop

Operators around the world are waiting until the price of next-generation Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) technologies drop before they replace existing FTTH equipment, according to a new report from Infonetics Research.

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.

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