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 [...]

BBC VOD gets go ahead, with restrictions

The BBC Trust has given the broadcaster’s video on demand (VOD) proposal the go ahead but has bowed to pressure from communications regulator Ofcom and imposed conditions on the project. The BBC’s newly installed independent governing body said Wednesday its provisional conclusion is to give the go ahead for new on demand services, but subject [...]

BT remains ‘best’ ADSL provider

BT has taken the crown once again as the best performing UK ADSL provider in terms of technical performance. The operator has held the top position for the last three quarters, according to the fourth quarter Internet Performance Indicator report from Epitiro, a customer experience management firm, which counts almost all the UK’s leading ISPs [...]

France Telecom stung over predatory pricing

The European Commission on Tuesday backed a Eur10.35m fine against France Telecom for anticompetitive pricing in the ADSL market in 2003. The ruling overturns an appeal by the French carrier in respect of the Commission’s 2003 decision concerning “predatory” pricing. On July 16 2003, the EC fined France Telecom’s internet arm, Wanadoo, Eur10.35m for charging [...]

Deutsche Telekom issues profit warning

German carrier Deutsche Telekom saw its shares take a dive on Monday morning after the firm issued a profit warning Sunday night. The warning, the second in six months, has been blamed on fierce domestic competition at home and the weak dollar. The telco adjusted its expectation for group revenue and adjusted EBITDA (earnings before [...]

TI strikes deal with Sky

Italy’s incumbent operator, Telecom Italia, has signed a deal with satellite broadcaster Sky for the transmission of Sky’s Premium offerings on Alice Home TV, Telecom Italia’s IPTV service. The agreement includes eight new dedicated Sports channels (Sky Sport 1, Sky Sport 2, Sky Sport 3, Sky Extra, Sky Sport 16:9, Eurosport, Eurosport 2, Sailing Channel), [...]

BT eyeing Tiscali’s UK business – reports

The UK’s incumbent, BT, is looking to buy the UK operations of Tiscali SpA according to reports in the Italian daily, Il Sole 24 Ore, Thursday. Citing financial sources, the newspaper claims that BT has already begun informal talks with Merrill Lynch, which, the report says, is handling the deal. According to Tiscali, the company’s [...]

Ofcom consults on public service content

UK regulator Ofcom on Wednesday laid out its proposal for the formation of a Public Service Publisher (PSP), the new media equivalent of a public service broadcaster. The PSP would use new distribution platforms such as broadband, mobile and digital broadcasting to deliver distinctive, UK-originated public service content. Ofcom envisions the PSP as a networked, [...]

Be gets wrists slapped over speed claims

UK broadband operator Be Unlimited, which was acquired by O2 last year, has been slapped down over misleading advertising of its 24Mbps ADSL2+ service. Rival operator NTL and a member of the public complained to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) over a press ad for Be’s “up to 24 Meg broadband” offering. The complainants believed [...]

MS and Nortel get together over comms

Microsoft and Nortel’s deepening co-operation has gone a step further, as the two companies announced a “road-map” for the development of new VoIP and messaging products and presented two major customers, Royal Dutch-Shell plc and International SOS of Singapore. Microsoft’s big interest in this field is to get into the market for enterprise level comms [...]

BT goes green

UK telco BT is the latest tech company to jump on the carbon busting bandwagon, with an extension to its Green Energy contract. As part of its campaign to reduce carbon emissions, the contract – in place until 2010 – will see BT saving the equivalent amount of carbon as that resulting from over 300,000 [...]

Skype to charge connection fee

In a prime example of marketing doublespeak, VoIP provider Skype has announced a new service and pricing structure that will see users charged a connection fee. According to Thursday’s announcement, the firm will now charge for something that was once free, with a Eur0.039 fee for each SkypeOut connection. However, if customers take out a [...]

AT&T offers free ca

US telco AT&T late Thursday announced unlimited free calls between its wireless and wireline subscribers. The AT&T Unity plan, which is available from Sunday, allows customers to make or receive calls for free from any AT&T wireless and wireline phone numbers nationwide without incurring additional wireline usage fees or using their wireless Anytime minutes. The [...]

Pipex steps up UK WiMAX trials

UK ISP Pipex Wireless is gearing up for its second commercial trial of WiMAX services, over three sites in the Leamington Spa and Warwick areas of the UK. In partnership with National Grid Wireless, Warwick District Council and Intel, the service provider will be trialling leased line replacement, VoIP and dedicated broadband. Pipex Wireless intends [...]

Sky launches triple play

UK broadcaster BSkyB launched a triple play bundle into the market on Tuesday, offering TV, phone and broadband for £26 per month, plus an extra £11 line rental. The launch of “See, Speak, Surf” will be backed by a major advertising campaign and is available to 70 per cent of UK households. The broadband is [...]

70% of SMEs want VoIP – still underserved

Seventy per cent of small businesses in the UK are keen to cut their costs using VoIP, but many dread the prospect of setting it up, according to a survey by enterprise VoIP provider ShoreTel. Even more – 80 per cent – believe that a VoIP system would make it easier to do business but [...]