The Navajo Nation will be connected to the internet for the first time

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.

No wrong-doing found by the European Commission.

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.

What is a 'server'?

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?

Stefan Zehle, Coleago CEO

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.

Genesis Technical Systems claims copper enhancement is the way forward

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

Alcatel-Lucent is restructuring

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.

Martijn Blanken, MD of Telstra Global

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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Tilgin scores Scandi FTTH order

Norwegian regional service provider Enivest has ordered fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) solutions from Swedish firm Tilgin to simplify the deployment and maintenance of FTTH connections for its subscribers.

Rural communities key to Europe’s superfast broadband target

Despite all households in the European Union now having access to basic internet connectivity, significant challenges remain before the same can be said of high-speed services, not least of which is the high cost of wiring up rural areas, according to UK research firm Point Topic.

Nearly one billion broadband subs expected by 2018

The number of broadband subscribers worldwide will increase by around 50 per cent over the next five years to reach 940 million by the end of 2018, with Asia-Pacific driving much of this growth according to new figures from UK research firm Point Topic.

Neelie Kroes, vice president of the European Commission

GSMA says Kroes’ roaming comments “unfortunate”

The chief government and regulatory affairs officer of GSMA, Tom Phillips, has responded to last week’s speech from Neelie Kroes, in which the European commissioner for the digital agenda called for the creation of a single European telecoms market by describing her comments as “unfortunate”.

2013 a ‘Darwinian tipping point’ for Europe’s telcos

Europe’s telecoms and media companies must embrace innovation in key areas such as mobile, cloud computing and big data, as well as forge strong strategic relationships with other industry players like content delivery networks, if they are to survive the current revenue squeeze, according to think tank IDATE.

Neelie Kroes, vice president of the European Commission

Kroes wants EU single telecoms market reform by 2014

The vice president for the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda for Europe, Neelie Kroes, has issued a call for the formation of a single EU telecoms market before the next European election. The European Commissioner voiced her intent to oversee the reform of the EU telecoms market by Easter 2014, claiming that it would be good for Europe’s economy.

The new organisation will push for a smooth transition to G.hn

HomeGrid Forum merges with HomePNA Alliance

Two industry bodies supporting wireline home networking have merged to create a single organisation that counts more than 70 members, including 28 service providers such as AT&T, BT and Telefónica.

Liquid Telecoms is rolling out FTTH across Africa

Revenue from 100G fibre to surpass $1bn in 2013

This year, 100G fibre is expected to generate revenues of over $1bn for the first time, according to research firm Ovum. The firm analysed financial results from 1Q13 in the global optical networking market and found several trends, including one disappointing trend that market growth overall remained difficult, with only Japan’s Fujitsu posting sequential and year-on-year gains.

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Hyperoptic secures £50m to roll out FTTH

UK fibre-to-the-home specialist Hyperoptic has closed a large round of funding worth £50m ($75m) to roll out FTTH connections to as many as ten cities around the country by the end of the year.

Millicom and Orange have announced start up incubator projects

UK wholesale fibre start up gets £50m injection

UK start up wholesale fibre provider Hyperoptic has received an equity investment of £50m from currency speculator billionaire George Soros. The firm said the funding will enable it to meet its plans to reach more than 500,000 UK homes with its 1Gbps fibre broadband within the next five years. The investment is led by Quantum Strategic Partners, Soros’ private investment vehicle.

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