Category: Broadband


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.

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”.

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