Hyperoptic will be launching a symetrical fibre optic based 1Gbs service in the UK in September

Vendor interoperability critical for FTTx success

The ability to use equipment from multiple suppliers for fiber-to-the-x (FTTx) networks is critical to driving innovation and reducing costs in network deployments, according to research released at Broadband World Forum.

Google Fiber's Kevin Lo

Building broadband networks for next generation usage

Keynote speakers on the first day of the Broadband World Forum talked about changing network architectures to build an internet better designed for a generation that has grown up with broadband access.

Spain’s Jazztel launches FTTH

Spanish triple play services provider Jazztel said Tuesday that its national high speed broadband fibre to the home (FTTH) network has begun commercial operation. The fixed-line voice, data and internet and mobile services provider teamed up with Chinese kit vendor ZTE to build the broadband network out within two years to cover three million home and corporate users in Spain.

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LEDs promise internet at speed of light

China’s Fudan University in Shanghai this week claimed to have successfully trialled “li-fi” connectivity – a technology that makes use of existing installations of LEDs to provide wireless connectivity.

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BT Adastral Park plays host to UK G.fast tech trial

UK carrier BT’s Global Research and Development headquarters, Adastral Park, is currently playing host to a field trial of Fibre To The Distribution Point (FTTdp) G.fast technology being run by Chinese infrastructure vendor Huawei.

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Broadband Infovision Awards: Broadband Home Award

With less than a month to go until the Broadband Infovision Awards in Amsterdam, we look at this year’s shortlisted entries – starting with the category probably closest to the consumer’s heart – the Broadband Home Award.

The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) believes that by advocating for open, competitive and innovative broadband markets, access prices can fall to below five per cent of monthly income worldwide

Alliance forms to drive affordable internet in developing countries

Monday morning a diverse group of private and public sector players, including Google and ‘father of the web’ Sir Tim Berners-Lee, came together to launch a coalition to lead policy and regulatory reform and spur action to drive down artificially high internet prices in developing countries.

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Telefonica Germany extends coverage with femtocells

Operator group Telefónica will deploy femtocells in Germany to extend its network coverage in areas where buildings’ walls can degrade the quality of a mobile signal or in areas far from a macro cell tower.

Neelie Kroes spoke at the GSMA's Mobile 360 event in Brussels

Kroes outlines controversial “open data” plan for Europe

European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes has outlined a five-point plan to support the evolution of Europe’s telecoms sector. Part of her plan called for the industry to share experiences, data and infrastructure, claiming that this is the way business must evolve to benefit the industry. She also called on Europe’s telecoms industry to focus now on developing 5G networks, a point that the GSMA’s director general appeared to take exception to.

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Navajo Nation gets internet, cloud storage

The largest Native American community in the US, the Navajo Nation, this week flipped the switch on an $8m datacentre installation that has been under development since 2009.

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EC and GSMA at odds over single market reform

The European Commission is once again pushing its agenda to transform the EU’s 28 telecoms markets into one single market. Research undertaken by the EC found that mobile users across the EU face huge price differences for the same services.

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Google’s apparent U-turn on net neutrality raises definition issues

In a move that appears to fly in the face of its support for net neutrality, Google this week filed a document with US regulator the FCC stating that customers of its fibre to the home network were limited in what kind of devices or applications they could attach to those connections. But is the situation as clear cut as it seems?

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Challenges for EU mobile operators

The European mobile telecoms industry is now at the maturity stage of its life cycle. While the introduction of LTE is still a relatively recent event, there is limited revenue growth and consolidation is starting to set in. Rather than being challengers, in some ways mobile operators themselves have started to look like the old fixed line operators at the start of the telecoms market liberalisation in the 1980s.

Alcatel-Lucent and the Internet Society will facilitate superfast broadband in Thailand

O2 calls on Virgin Media Business for backhaul

UK operator O2, the British arm of Spanish operator group Telefónica, has selected Virgin Media Business to boost its backhaul capacity ahead of the launch of its LTE services this summer.

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Telekom Austria trials 1Gbps over copper

New trials have been successfully completed in Austria for the delivery of broadband speeds in excess of 1 Gbps over existing copper networks, with Alcatel-Lucent and the local incumbent testing a new transmission technology called G.fast to achieve very high speeds on copper lines over very short distances

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Alcatel-Lucent refocuses as IP & broadband access vendor

Alcatel-Lucent has followed the lead of Nokia Siemens Networks in becoming the second of the big vendors to reposition itself as a specialist, with a focus on IP networking and fixed and mobile ultra-broadband access.

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CommunicAsia: Telstra claims Asian CSPs being duped by industry myths

The head of Telstra Global has claimed today (June 18th) at the CommunicAsia event in Singapore that many so-called telco truths such as the concept of ‘dumb pipes’ are actually myths which are diverting Asian communications service providers from understanding the true path to success.

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