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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Day two of the Broadband Show Daily, produced exclusively for Broadband World Forum 2012 by telecoms.com.
Day one of the Broadband Show Daily, produced exclusively for Broadband World Forum 2012 by telecoms.com.
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.
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Interview: Tony Werner, CTO of Comcast
Marketplace: Who’s who in the broadband industry
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.
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.
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.
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.