Category: Operator


Global broadband subs see fastest quarterly growth since 2009

The number of fixed broadband subscribers worldwide increased by 2.9% on a consecutive basis in the first quarter of this year to reach 15.2mn, giving the biggest quarterly increase in the last two years, according to new figures announced by the Broadband Forum

The great white space hope

There’s usually no shortage of opinion in this industry, so I’ve been surprised by the reticence I’ve encountered trying to find out what the big operators think about Neul, the UK startup that reckons a new wireless data standard it’s developed for operation in the TV broadcast white space spectrum should—and will—be adopted for M2M services worldwide.

3D TV has backing but lacks impact

Although 3D TV has major support from leading UK service providers like Sky and Virgin, it is not expected to be an instant success. Statistics released this week forecast that less than half of the 11 million 3D TV-ready homes in the UK by 2016 will be active users of the technology.

Regulator approves UK mobile spectrum trading

UK regulator Ofcom, has announced that, from June 20th, mobile operators are permitted to trade the rights to spectrum amongst themselves. The new regulation covers 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2100MHz spectrum and mean operators will be able to bid for the use of spectrum they believe the have greater need for than other operators.

LightSquared completes network share deal with Sprint

LightSquared, the US operator planning to build a wholesale LTE network, has finalised a 15-year deal with fellow carrier Sprint that will see the two sharing infrastructure. Bloomberg said that it has obtained a letter from LightSquared’s billionaire owner Philip Falcone to his Harpinger Capital Partners hedge fund investors, informing them of the deal.

Comcast boss shows off 1Gb cable broadband

US cable operator Comcast, has demonstrated a broadband network running at 1Gbps on the downlink. The company’s chief executive officer Brian L. Roberts gave the demo at the National Cable & Telecoms Association (NCTA) 2011 show in Chicago, by downloading 23 episodes of the US television show 30 Rock, representing nine hours of content, in around 90 seconds.

Altair TD-LTE chipset hits 50Mbps in China Mobile demo

Altair Semiconductor, a developer of LTE chipsets, has shown off its TD-LTE chipset running at up to 50Mbps on the downlink, and 18Mbps on the uplink. The demonstration was made to China Mobile executives at a Next Generation Mobile Network (NGMN) Alliance board meeting using an AsiaTelco manufactured USB dongle.

Telstra to pump £500m+ into cloud services

Telstra has announced a £500m+ (AU$800m) investment in cloud computing over the next five years to support what it says is a growing demand from Australian organisations for cloud services. The telco is rumoured to have invested AU$200m in cloud to date and this latest announcement will kick-off the construction of a new data centre, the modernisation of existing facilities, increased automation of utility computing services and the expansion of the telco’s range of enterprise applications, among other things. Construction of a new data centre in Melbourne is already underway.

Working together

Kevin Peters, CMO for AT&T Business Solutions, talks about the need for operators to collaborate on a global basis in order to better serve the end user with cloud technologies and other emerging technologies.

Verizon taps Payfone for payments network

US carrier Verizon is the latest to jump on the mobile payments bandwagon, announcing on Tuesday a partnership with mobile transaction firm Payfone to bring carrier billing to Verizon Wireless users.

PCCW looking to build UK’s first LTE network

The UK’s incumbent mobile networks could be beaten to the LTE punch by Hong Kong based telecoms company PCCW, according to a report in the Financial Times. The operator is looking to build out an LTE network as early as 2012, the report states, via its British subsidiary UK Broadband.

The Fiber of Society

Hunter Newby argues that his dark fibre project is the key to making LTE work and explains why the Pixar movie Cars is a prophetic warning about what could happen to those places that miss the boat on fibre.

BT changes up a gear for fibre rollout

UK telco BT is planning to increase the rate at which it rolls out its superfast fibre-based broadband network across the country. The firm said 66 exchanges would be upgraded before the end of 2012.

Operators could save $550m in opex by powering down base stations

Mobile operators could wipe a collective $550m+ off their annual opex costs simply by using data they already have access to to power down redundant base stations. Data released by network performance vendor Arieso indicates that what’s bad for the operators’ pocket is also bad for the environment. According to CTO Mike Flanagan, 3.5bn KWh of electrical power is wasted generating signals in low-demand areas at off-peak times. That equates to 1.9m tonnes of CO2e, or the equivalent of 478,000 cars on the road.

The Orange glow of health

Orange has had a dedicated e-health unit in place since 2007. The unit is headed by Thierry Zylberberg, who spoke to Telecoms.com about the the intricacies of the health sector and the best ways for telcos help it improve efficiencies, and drive new revenue streams for themselves.

Everyone’s first with VoLTE

Telcos and kit makers have responded with indignation to last week’s International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium’s (IMTC) announcement to the effect that it had completed the first ever voice over LTE (VoLTE) test on a live LTE infrastructure. While it’s not quite Elisha Gray vs Alexander Graham Bell, it seems that, when it comes to VoLTE, everybody wants to be a winner

Multi-Links future in doubt as deal with Visafone is cancelled

South African incumbent operator Telkom has cancelled its planned sale of Nigerian subsidiary Multi-Links to Visafone. Having announced a done deal to the tune of $52m in April this year, Telkom CEO Nombulelo Moholi has said that a recent court ruling in Nigeria now means that the South African company is unable to go through with the deal. Consequently, Telkom will stop funding the subsidiary with immediate effect, leaving the future of the company in doubt.

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