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Broadband goes down the drain

A British borough council is using underground sewage pipes to lay new broadband cabling. The seaside town of Bournemouth opted for the novel solution in an effort to save money and reduce disruption to the town. The council has used almost 1,500m of H2Os 18mm fibre optic cable which has been put down through Bournemouth’s [...]

Alcatel-Lucent will resume growth – Russo

Patricia Russo, chief executive of Alcatel-Lucent has said in an interview with the UK financial daily, the Financial Times, that she believes the company can “resume growth” as it moves through 2007. In January, Alcatel-Lucent announced a profit warning ahead of its 2006 results as well as forecasting that revenue for the first quarter of [...]

MPs accuse BT of “blackmail”

UK incumbent British Telecom has been accused of “financial blackmail” by Members of Parliament (MPs) for charges on customers who do not pay their telephony bills by direct debit. 35 MPs have signed a Commons motion regarding the levy which David Hamilton, Labour MP for Midlothian, is leading. The motion urges BT – which made [...]

Chinese ops call truce

As perhaps another precursor to China’s licensing of 3G, the country’s two fixed line operators have reportedly signed a ‘no competition’ agreement. The agreement, signed by China Telecom and China Netcom, will reduce the duplication of infrastructure and overlapping state resources. China Telecom, the larger of the two companies, operates a fixed line network in [...]

Multi-play adoption highlights content pitfalls

Figures released on Thursday reveal that European consumers are abandoning fixed line services of incumbent carriers in droves and defecting to rival triple play providers. Both Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom have suffered heavy losses to rival players some of which are offering multi play or bundled services. However, the fall out between Virgin Media [...]

Reding threatens Germany over DT network

A war of words has broken out between the German incumbent, Deutsche Telekom (DT) and the European Commission over a new law that allows the telecoms giant to keep rivals off its new high-speed network. On Monday the EC confirmed it had threatened the German government with legal action unless it scraps the law, passed [...]

Eircom accepts 3G licence

Irish incumbent Eircom announced Wednesday that it will accept the 3G licence offered to it by ComReg following the regulator’s decision to revoke the licence from Smart Telecom. Announcing its Q3 results, Eircom said it is on target to reach 500,000 DSL subscribers this year. Ireland has a population of around 4million. Meteor, Eircom’s recently [...]

Orange Netherlands targeted for sale – reports

According to reports, at least five parties are looking to buy France Telecom’s Orange mobile and broadband business in the Netherlands. The Dutch newspaper, Het Financieele Dagblad, said Tuesday that Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile led the pack of potential bidders which could generate more than Eur 1.5bn (£1bn). Orange in the Netherlands holds about 12 per [...]

Sprint pilots unlimited tariffs

US operator Sprint Nextel is trialling all you can eat voice and data tariffs in the San Francisco area, it emerged on Tuesday. The first tariff includes unlimited voice calling, messaging and mobile web access for $120 per month. Add another $30, taking the monthly fee to $150, and you get the same options plus [...]

BT to run fixed-line services in India

BT announced Wednesday that its Telecom India arm has been granted International Long Distance and National Distance licences, allowing the British incumbent to run fixed telephone lines in India. The company plans to roll-out services in the coming six weeks with a focus on foreign multinationals “software and BPO houses, banks and financial services sector, [...]

Vonage and Verizon off to court (update)

Verizon and Vonage will later today, present opening statements in a patent-infringement case that focuses on the technology the VoIP firm uses to connect calls from its IP service to phones on the traditional network. Vonage, one of the best-known brands in the VoIP business with 2 million customers, denies any wrongdoing. It claims its [...]

Reding voted ‘internet villain’

Viviane Reding, commissioner for Information Society and Media, and the European Commission beat off stiff competition at the end of last week to steal the award for ‘internet villain of the year’. The commissioner and her employer were awarded the title by the Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) at the ninth annual UK Internet Industry [...]

Rake to be next BT chairman

UK incumbent BT on Monday announced the appointment of Sir Michael Rake, the current chairman of KPMG International, as successor to BT chairman, Sir Christopher Bland, in September 2007. BT chief executive, Ben Verwaayen, said in a statement: “We have accomplished a great deal, but there is still much more work to be done building [...]

Danish call for big-bang approach to fibre

The chairman of a Danish provider of direct-fibre-based triple-play services has called on Europe’s telecoms players to eschew standard fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and VDSL solutions and commit to rolling out 10Gbps networks. In the keynote speech at the FTTH Council Europe conference in Barcelona, ComX Networks’ Finn Helmer said that the 100Mbps and 50Mbps networks that [...]

Virgin Media launches in UK

Virgin Media, the combined service offerings of Virgin Mobile and NTL Telewest fixed line services, launched in the UK on Thursday. Entrepreneur and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson unveiled the new brand at a conference in central London Thursday morning, backed by an advertising campaign starring Uma Thurman. Customers will be able to subscribe to [...]

Tiscali to launch IPTV in March

Tiscali said this week that it will launch its own IPTV service in the UK on March 1, following its acquisition of Homechoice last summer. Tiscali TV will be made available as part of a broadband package for £14.99 per month. At the switch on, the 40,000 or so Homechoice subscribers will become Tiscali TV [...]

Virgin Media to launch this week

Richard Branson will lift the curtain on Virgin Media on Tursday, backed by a £20m (Eur30m) advertising campaign and fronted by film star Uma Thurman. The campaign will see the launch of cable company NTL Telewest as a quadruple-play UK operator offering TV, internet and fixed and mobile phone services following its £1bn merger last [...]

France Telecom racks up mobile

France Telecom said Thursday that it notched up 2.26 million new ADSL subscribers in Europe during 2006 to bring its total user base to 9.7 million. During the year, the number of Livebox installations more than doubled to 4.15 million in Europe at the end of 2006. VoIP users nearly tripled to 2.536 million, while [...]

TeliaSonera snaps up Danish MVNO

Scandinavian giant TeliaSonera, on Thursday announced it is to buy the Danish MVNO, Debitel Denmark in a deal that could be worth up to Eur140m (£92m). In a statement, Teliasonera said it had signed a a share purchase agreement to acquire 100 percent of debitel which has around 300,000 mobile subscriptions. The acquisition includes debitel’s [...]

IPTV to be big but free

The total number of households subscribing to IPTV services is expected to grow tenfold over the next five years, according to research released Tuesday. Strategy Analytics forecasts that the number of IPTV households worldwide will grow from 6 million homes in 2006 to more than 80 million in 2011. But the analyst believes that many [...]

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