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Telenor moves for Tele2′s Swedish broadband and TV operation

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Norwegian operator Telenor is moving to consolidate its position in the Swedish broadband and television services sector with the acquisition of Tele2 Sweden’s fiber and cable business for SEK775m ($121.4m). Tele2 has some 370,000 households connected with fiber and cable, including 125,000 fixed broadband customers, 75,000 digital TV customers and 220,000 cable TV customers.

VP mobile broadband, Reliance Communications, India: “Devices are the most important lever to grow broadband penetration in India”

Manu Khera, vice president of mobile broadband at Reliance Communications, India

Manu Khera, vice president of mobile broadband at Reliance Communications, India is speaking on in the Mobile broadband track on Day Two of the Broadband World Forum, taking place on the 22nd – 24th October 2013 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam. Ahead of the show we get his insight into some of the key challenges in deploying broadband in India.

Broadband InfoVision Awards 2013: Best Broadband Partnership

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The broadband industry is built on partnerships, and the best examples of these are to be recognised in first category of this year’s Broadband InfoVision Awards (to be held in Amsterdam on October 23rd, 2013)

National broadband plans “crucial” to success, says ITU

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Countries with a clearly-defined national vision for broadband roll-out are significantly out-performing those with a more relaxed approach to broadband development, according to a new report by the International Telecommunications Union

Rural communities key to Europe’s superfast broadband target

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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

Global broadband revenues to continue rising

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.

BitTorrent traffic dropping sharply in US, as VOD wins favour

BitTorrent usage is dropping in the US as consumer switch to paid services, report claims

The amount of traffic generated in the US by BitTorrent, the file sharing internet protocol , has dropped significantly, according to a report from policy control company Sandvine.

Over the past six months BitTorrent accounted for 9.2 per cent of peak-period traffic, down from 11.3 per cent in 2012 and 17.2 per cent in 2011, the report said. Sandvine attributes the drop in the usage of the file sharing protocol to the increasing availability of subscriber-based, paid-for, on-demand content from applications such as Netflix. Indeed, online video service Netflix maintained a 29 per cent peak-period traffic share in the US, ahead of YouTube, which climbs to 15.4 per cent compared to 13.8 per cent in 2012.

EC’s super-fast broadband estimates challenged

Point Topic estimates the total cost at €80bn

Providing super-fast broadband to the whole of the European Union could be much less expensive than previously thought, according to UK research firm Point Topic, which estimates that the whole economic area could be served for €80bn – less than a third of the €270bn estimated by the European Commission in its Digital Agenda.

CEO of TIM Fiber, Brazil: “Operators should play a key role in offering end-to-end cloud solutions to the business market”

Rogerio Takayanagi is CEO of TIM Fiber, Brasil

Rogerio Takayanagi, CEO of TIM Fiber, Brasil, is speaking on Day One of the Broadband LATAM conference taking place on 2-3 July 2013 at the Grand Hyatt, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Ahead of the show we speak to him about how Brazil’s broadband infrastructure is developing at a pace and how TIM Brasil is readying itself for the rapid expansion of demand for data in the country.

Cisco CTO takes aim at Taiwan broadband

Taiwan's broadband infrastructure is holding it back, according to Cisco's CTO

Taiwan’s broadband infrastructure needs improving and is limiting the country’s business opportunities, according to the chief technology and strategy officer of networking giant Cisco.

Indian operators not investing enough in networks

Indian telcos plan to invest a significantly lower proportion of their revenues over the next two years than their Chinese, Indonesian and Philippine counterparts

Over the next two years Indian operators plan to invest a significantly lower proportion of their revenues than their Chinese, Indonesian and Philippine counterparts according to financial ratings agency Fitch Ratings.

Telefónica trials 100Gbps, 200Gbps and 400Gbps data transmissions over Spanish network

Telefónica has completed a field trial of “flexible optical networking” technology, to more than double’s existing fibre capacity

Spanish operator group Telefónica has completed a field trial of “flexible optical networking” technology, that it hopes could more than double its existing fibre capacity.

NEC and Portugal Telecom collaborate on SDN

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Japanese vendor NEC has established a partnership with Portuguese incumbent operator Portugal Telecom that will see the two firms collaborate on SDN (software defined networking) and virtualisation technology for datacenters and carrier networks.

Huawei pledges commitment to Australia following NBN exclusion

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Chinese infrastructure vendor and device manufacturer Huawei and the Australian government appear to have settled their differences as Huawei reaffirmed its commitment to the Australian market this week.

Kroes vows to “burn red tape” blocking broadband rollout

Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda

European Commission vice president Neelie Kroes has outlined proposals to cut the costs and bureaucracy involved in broadband deployment, suggesting that the sector could make savings of up to €60bn. Kroes said that she wants to “burn the red tape” that is blocking access for all EU citizens to cast broadband.

Regional Manager Gulf, Google: “Mobile search is becoming increasingly crucial”

Mohamad Mourad, Regional Manager Gulf, Google

Mohamad Mourad, Regional Manager Gulf, Google is delivering a keynote of the opening day of the Broadband MEA conference, taking place on the 19th-20th March 2013 at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai, UAE. Ahead of the show we speak to him about his role and what opportunities he sees for Google in the region.

Brazil powers past 25mn broadband subs

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Brazilian appetite for broadband connections shows no signs of waning, according to Cisco’s latest Broadband Barometer, which found that there were 25.5mn fixed broadband connections in Brazil offering speeds of 2 Mbps and over by the end of 2012.

Proposed EU broadband funding threatened by budget cuts

Telco lobbying group ETNO has warned against cutting funding to the CEF

Cutting funding to broadband infrastructure will harm Europe’s economic competitiveness, industry lobby group ETNO has warned. In a letter to European Union leaders, Europe’s Telecommunications Network Operators Association (ETNO), which consist of major European operators such as Deutsche Telekom and Telecom Italia, warned against cuts to the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

European satellite broadband gets speed boost

EutelSat has doubled the speeds of its packages to 20Mbps

Satellite broadband provider Eutelsat has announced that its consumer packages now offer faster download speeds of 20Mbps, double the speeds available when it launched in summer 2011. Upload speeds have also been increased from 4Mbps to 6Mbps, making it the fastest satellite packages available in Europe, according to Eutelsat.

Director, Product Marketing, Etisalat: “FTTH is necessary for businesses and consumers”

Maen Haddad, Director/Product Marketing, Etisalat

Ahead of the Broadband MEA 2013 conference, taking place on the 19th-20th March 2013 at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai, UAE, Dubai, UAE, we speak to Maen Haddad, Director/Product Marketing, Etisalat on the latest broadband developments in the region and his views on issues such as piracy and FTTH deployment.

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