Australian’s NBN Co “could offer fibre-on-demand”

Australia's National Broadband Network will eventually cover 93% of the country's population with fibre

Australia’s shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has won headlines again for his outspoken views on the country’s National Broadband Network, this time claiming that he believes Australians could be offered on-demand access to fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connections as part of the nationwide rollout of fibre-to-the-node (FTTN).

UK consultancy Atkins wins role in Qatari NBN

UK design and engineering consultancy Atkins has won a three-year contract with the Qatar National Broadband Network (Q.NBN) company to establish and operate a new Programme Management Office (PMO) in the capital city of Doha.

Global optical equipment market continues to disappoint

Dana Cooperson of Ovum

Worldwide spending on global optical networking equipment contracted in the second quarter of this year on an annual basis, despite growth of six per cent in Asia-Pacific and South & Central America (SCA), says a new report from business analysts Ovum (part of Informa Telecoms & Media, publisher of

Telecom Argentina planning major FTTH network

Telecom Argentina is moving ahead with its FTTH plans

Italy’s Prysmian Group has won a contract with Telecom Argentina to supply and install an optical network that will provide the passive infrastructure for the first part of its new fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network.

Global average internet speed reaches 2.6Mbps

The UN has set four new targets for governments to provide broadband to citizens

The latest State of the Internet report from Content Delivery Network (CDN) operator Akamai has found that both penetration of Internet services and average access speeds (fixed and mobile) increased in the first quarter of this year, while IPv6 connections continue to proliferate.

New FTTP network starts rolling out in Canada

Canadian telcos are starting to aggressively deploy fibre

Canada’s SaskTel has started rolling out a fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network called ‘infiniNET’ in its home province of Saskatchewan, offering downstream speeds of up to 60 Mbps.

Google prepares for phase two of fibre experiment in Kansas City

Google's Fiber Space

Less than a week after inaugurating its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network in Kansas City, Google has confirmed that it is now preparing a second pre-registration phase for homes in North and South Kansas City (Missouri).

Telefónica and Samsung partner for MNC market

Telefónica, the fourth largest mobile operator in the world by subscriber numbers, has announced a partnership with Korean handset vendor Samsung that will see the two firms collaborate on service offerings for the lucrative multinational corporate (MNC) market. The operator’s Global Solutions unit will work with Samsung on every part of the sales and delivery [...]

SingTel Optus secures approval to migrate broadband subs to Australia’s NBN

Australia's National Broadband Network will eventually cover 93% of the country's population with fibre

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has approved a deal struck between SingTel Optus and NBN Co (operator of the country’s new high-speed broadband network) to transfer broadband customers to the latter’s fibre network.

UK court orders Apple to advertise that Samsung did not infringe patents

Not as cool

As the long-running patent war rages on between Apple and Samsung, a UK judge has ordered Apple to publish a notice on its website and in British newspapers stating that its Korean rival did not copy the iPad design for its tablets.

Mobile broadband to drive growth in revenues through 2016


Mobile broadband subscribers will grow from 15 per cent of all mobile users worldwide in 2011 to nearly 40 per cent by 2016, according to US Infonetics Research.

Pakistan reaches 2 million broadband users

Pakistan now has 2mn broadband users

There were two million broadband users in Pakistan by the end of April 2012, according to recent figures from the country’s telecoms regulator.

The 100G connected global village


Data consumption is expected to grow by a factor of nearly 45 between 2009 and 2020.

Citrix acquires Bytemobile

The consolidation momentum in the telecom sector is increasing

Cloud specialist Citrix has moved into the mobile arena with the acquisition of privately held Bytemobile. Byte provides data and video optimization for mobile network operators, giving Citrix a key strategic foothold in the core infrastructure of more than 130 mobile operators in 60 countries around the world.

First Intel smartphone to be launched in India

India's state-owned BSNL has cut off three operators over unpaid fees

Intel has confirmed that the first smartphone to be powered by one of its processors will go on sale in India on 23 April. The XOLO X900, made by the Indian manufacturer Lava, will priced at around $422.

China Mobile launches 4G in Hong Kong


China Mobile has announced that it is launching FDD-LTE services in Hong Kong. It joins CSL, a unit of Australia’s Telstra, which has has already launched 4G services in Hong Kong. China Mobile is also currently conducting tests aimed at launching LTE services in two years in mainland China.

Vermont Telephone upgrades broadband capabilities

Sky Anytime+ is available to all HD subscribers via any broadband connection homes via b

US telco Vermont Telephone has selected a range of solutions from Alcatel-Lucent as it prepares to increase the availability of super-fast broadband and deliver IP video services in its service territory in Southern Vermont

Yahoo to cut 2,000 jobs

LightSquared is cutting 45 per cent of staff or around 150 jobs

Yahoo has confirmed that it plans to cut 2,000 jobs as part of a restructuring. The company said it will focus on developing a quicker response to customer needs and competing more effectively in areas where it has a strong position. The measures are expected to lead to $375m in annual cost savings.

SingTel seeks to monetise next-gen infrastructure

The deployment is a world first in the 3.5GHz band

Singaporean telco SingTel has selected a Telecoms Operations and Management Solution (TOMS) from US firm Netcracker to monetise its next-generation infrastructure

India’s Supreme Court turns down 2G cancellation appeal

India issues new draft regulations for spectrum allocation

India’s Supreme Court turns down 2G cancellation appeal