Category: Broadband


“We have to extend beyond cellular”, says Verizon spokesperson

US carrier Verizon should think of itself as a hub for all internet connectivity and not just a service provider, the company said to an audience at the Broadband World Forum on Tuesday. Aparna Khurjekar, executive director of business solutions group at Verizon said: “We could be providing a gamut of services that could be supported by Verizon and monetising them. You have to extend beyond cellular.”

Global broadband growth remains steady

New figures released today by industry body the Broadband Forum have revealed that global broadband growth remained steady in the first half of this year, with more than 29 million customers added in the six-month period to reach a total of 557.8 million worldwide.

Australian politician and Google clash over fiber

The Australian shadow minister for communications and broadband, Malcolm Turnball, has criticised Google for its support for the Australian government’s NBN scheme, which Turnball described as, ”the most expensive, most anti-competitive broadband network in the world”.

Broadband boost linked to economic growth

The potential contribution of nationwide broadband to economic growth is a staple point in any political party’s manifesto. But research released this week by consultancy Arthur D. Little, Chalmers University of Technology and Ericsson, reveals there is some truth to the claims. In fact, doubling the broadband speed for an economy increases GDP by about 0.3 per cent.

Broadband revenue to overtake voice in 2012, says Ovum

Global consumer fixed broadband revenues will overtake voice for the first time in 2012, according to analyst firm Ovum, as consumer landlines decline in number by 18 per cent over the next five years. While fixed voice is set to decline, fixed broadband is forecast to grow enjoy continued, steady growth.

Bosco Novak, Executive Board, NSN

At the Broadband World Forum event taking place in Paris this week, Bosco Novak, member of the executive board at Nokia Siemens Networks, talks to telecoms.com about Liquid networks, the demand for speed and the future of the connected home.

Etisalat brings LTE to UAE

Etisalat has announced the launch of its 4G LTE service in the UAE.

The LTE-FDD mobile network will cover all major cities in the country in the first deployment phase, with Etisalat promising data download speeds of up to 100 Mbps.

France allocates LTE spectrum

French regulator Arcep has announced that all four of the country’s major operators have won licences to use its 2.6 GHz frequency band, which will be used in the deployment of LTE mobile networks. Orange/France Telecom will be allocated a duplex frequency block of 20 MHz, for which it bid €287.12m, while Iliad’s Free Mobile will also be allocated the same, after bidding €271m.

Cloud-based gaming service launches in the UK

UK incumbent BT has announced the launch of a new cloud-based gaming service, in conjunction with OnLive. The service, which is available in the UK exclusively via BT Broadband, will enable customers to access more than 100 video games, streamed into homes via the internet. The system, which went live in the US in June 2010 eschews conventional games console hardware for content streamed from remote data centres using advanced video compression techniques to keep the bandwidth requirements manageable.

DSL the silent King of the APAC broadband market

Conventional wisdom has it that the APAC region is dominated by high-speed fibre networks and that nobody in the region could ever be so gauche as to still be running something as old hat as plain old DSL – nothing could be further from the truth.

LightSquared says interference issue solved by filter

Aspiring US wholesale player LightSquared, which is planning a nationwide wireless broadband offering over satellite and LTE networks, has released details of a technical solution that it says will put an end to interference between its network and GPS devices.

Broadband InfoVision Awards preview

With just one week to go until the Broadband InfoVision Awards in Paris, we examine the shortlist for Category 8 – Core and Metro Network Innovation and Advances.

Qatari homes switch on to fibre

Qtel, one of the two major telecoms providers in Qatar (the other being Vodafone Qatar), has started connecting its customers to the country’s new fibre-based broadband network.

Changing the rules of the game

William Yeung, chief executive of Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN) is delivering a keynote speech on Day Three of the Broadband World Forum to be held at the CNIT, La Defense, Paris, France on 27-29 September 2011. We recently quizzed him on HKBN’s position on the challenges and opportunities presented by fibre.

Incumbent Thinking

Sean Williams, group strategy director at BT Group, and keynote speaker at the Broadband World Forum in September, gives Telecoms.com an overview of the UK incumbent’s comprehensive broadband deployments strategy.

Qualcomm hits back at India’s DoT over broadband licence

Qualcomm has hit back at India’s Department of Telecom after being told it stands to lose the $1bn investment and its ISP licence that it acquired in the country’s wireless broadband airwaves (BWA) auction. The company said that it applied for its ISP licence through locally incorporated entities on 9th of Aug 2010, which is well within the three months window period as required by the NIA.

eircom confirms first locations for fibre rollout

Irish telco eircom has announced the locations for phase one of its fibre rollout plan, including communities in six counties across all four of the Irish Republic’s provinces, as well as major cities including Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick.

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