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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.

Broadband goal should be raised to 10Mb says UK regulator director

The UK's baseline broadband speed ambitions should be higher according to an Ofcom director

The baseline for the UK’s broadband universal service commitment of 2Mb is too low and should be raised to 10Mb, a director of UK regulator Ofcom has said, according to a report from V3.

Superfast broadband “must be available to all”

Superfast broadband services are no longer a rarity in the UK

Europe’s largest engineering and technology organisation, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), has warned that the UK government must provide universal access to super-fast broadband for all people in the UK, as usage continues to grow across all age groups.

Ofcom moves to block mid-contract price hikes in UK

Consumers complained that they were not warned about possible price rises

UK regulator Ofcom has launched a consultation into methods of protecting consumers from mid-contract price increases for fixed, broadband and mobile services. The consultation comes on the heels of a review in which Ofcom studied more than 1,600 consumer complaints in a six-month period about changes in tariffs for what consumers believed were fixed-price contracts.

UK broadband gets budget boost

12 additional UK cities will gain a broadband boost thanks to a £50m fund

Twelve cities in the UK will receive additional funding for superfast broadband following an autumn budget update. UK Chancellor George Osborne confirmed that 12 smaller cities would benefit from a funding pot of £50m, in addition to the 10 cities that were added earlier in the year.

UK rural broadband aid approved by EU

Fibre-optic broadband is coming to rural UK after EU approves scheme

Rural areas in the UK will soon receive a ‘superfast’ broadband boost after the UK government received approval to pump £530m into its Broadband Development UK (BDUK) upgrade scheme.

Broadband World Forum Show Daily News – Day Two

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Day two of the Broadband Show Daily, produced exclusively for Broadband World Forum 2012 by telecoms.com.

Broadband World Forum Show Daily News – Day One

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Day one of the Broadband Show Daily, produced exclusively for Broadband World Forum 2012 by telecoms.com.

Broadband Outlook 2012

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Broadband Outlook – the official delegate publication for Broadband World Forum 2012 – provides news and features on broadband developments, key industry statistics and contributions from leading experts.

Features include: Data Centres, High Frequency Trading and LTE

Interview: Tony Werner, CTO of Comcast

Marketplace: Who’s who in the broadband industry

UK to split broadband pot among 10 cities

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Ten UK cities have been allocated a share of a £114m (US$185 million) government investment to deploy city-wide broadband networks. London will receive the largest share, £25m, while Leeds and Bradford will share £14.4m. Belfast will receive £13.7m and Manchester £12m.

Deutsche Telekom doubles broadband speed with vectoring

Deutsche Telekom wants to double VDSL speeds using vectoring

German incumbent Deutsche Telekom plans to use vectoring technology to double speeds on its VDSL network, theoretically enabling it to deliver speeds up to 100Mbps for downloads and 40Mbps for uploads.

Chief revenue officer, OMGPOP: “Content is king and so is the customer”

Wilson Kriegel is chief revenue officer for OMGPOP

Wilson Kriegel is chief revenue officer for OMGPOP, the developer and publisher of multiplayer, social and mobile games. He is delivering a keynote speech on Day Three of the Broadband World Forum 2102 taking place on the 16 – 18 October 2012 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Ahead of the conference we speak to him about how increasing broadband connectivity is changing the market for gaming.

EC calls on operators to share unlicensed spectrum more efficiently

The EC wants operators to share white space and spectrum between designated bands more efficiently

The European Commission (EC) has called on mobile operators in the region to share radio spectrum more effectively. The authority said that national spectrum regulation does not efficiently utilise spectrum or allow licensees to make use of new technical possibilities, leaving mobile and broadband users at risk of poor service as demand for data continues to grow.

CTO, Comcast: “We believe in convergence; we believe in change”

Tony Werner, executive vice president & chief technology officer of Comcast Cable, USA

Tony Werner, executive vice president & chief technology officer of Comcast Cable, USA is delivering a keynote speech on Day Two of the Broadband World Forum 2012, taking place on the 16 – 18 October 2012 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Ahead of the show we speak to him about how Comcast is using innovation to keep the cable company at the forefront of the broadband market.

Nair Balan, EVP & CTO, Liberty Global: “OTT is not a threat. It is a complimentary service”

Nair Balan, EVP & CTO, Liberty Global

Nair Balan, EVP & CTO, Liberty Global is speaking on the topic of “Making the Digital Home a Reality for All” on Day Two of the Broadband World Forum 2012, taking place on the 16 – 18 October 2012 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. We catch up with him to gain his insights insight into the true nature of the OTT challenge and innovation in the broadband industry.

UK passes 2m super-fast broadband lines in service

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The UK had passed the major milestone of 2mn active subscriptions to super-fast broadband services by the beginning of June, meaning that 10% of the country’s broadband lines are now capable of delivering speeds over 25 Mbps, according to a new report from UK research firm Point Topic.

UK government’s broadband strategy attacked by Lords’ report

The House of Lords Select Committee on Communications has criticised the government's focus on broadband speed over coverage

The UK government is taking the wrong approach to delivering broadband across the UK, according to a report from a House of Lords committee. The report from the Select Committee on Communications claims that the governments current approach favours speed over coverage, and runs the risk that large parts of the UK run the will be left with inadequate connectivity.

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