Truly mobile usage is a for the most part a myth, according to the CTO of Deutsche Telekom. Speaking in his keynote address at the Broadband World Forum on Wednesday, Olivier Baujard said that according to Deutsche Telekom’s data analysis, 80 per cent of traffic for a typical customer is generated from just three cells.
BT expects to have connected two-thirds of UK premises to its fibre-based broadband network by the end of 2014 – one year ahead of its original target of 2015 – thanks to its recruitment of 520 new engineers, most of whom will be ex-armed forces.
Everything Everywhere, the network operator for the Orange and T-Mobile brands, and BT Wholesale have launched the first trial of LTE broadband in the UK.
UK telco BT has revealed the locations of a further 114 exchanges where it will install fibre-based infrastructure, which together will serve more than one million homes and businesses.
Sean Williams, group strategy director at BT Group, and keynote speaker at the Broadband World Forum in September, gives Telecoms.com an overview of the UK incumbent’s comprehensive broadband deployments strategy.
Ofcom, the UK telecoms regulator, has announced that it has banned contracts that automatically tie customers into new contracts if they fail to opt out. The new rules, which come into force from 31st December, will ban Automatically Renewable Contracts (ARC), which commit customers to a new minimum term for their broadband, and impose penalties for leaving.
UK telco BT has indicated that it plans to significantly extend the footprint of its ADSL2+ network to around 90% of UK homes (or 22.5mn premises) by spring 2013, delivering speeds of up to 20 Mbps.
UK telco BT is planning to increase the rate at which it rolls out its superfast fibre-based broadband network across the country. The firm said 66 exchanges would be upgraded before the end of 2012.
A UK council has announced plans to ensure that its local area has 100 per cent fast broadband coverage after identifying large coverage gaps in the roll-out plans of BT Openreach, the wholesale arm of UK telco BT.
Cameron Rejali, BT Wholesale’s MD for Products will be speaking at the LTE World Summit in Amsterdam from 17-18th May this year. Telecoms.com spoke to him about whether the future is fixed, network sharing, the practicalities of Wifi offload and taking a heterogeneous network approach.
Alcatel-Lucent chief Ben Verwaayen has been reunited with ex-BT colleague Christopher Bland, who was this week introduced as the vendor’s new non-executive chairman for the UK. In this newly created position Bland will provide operational and business oversight to Alcatel-Lucent’s UK and Ireland business. The pair worked together at BT a few years ago when Bland held the position of chairman and Verwaayen was CEO of the operator.
UK communications regulator Ofcom said this week that BT should allow rivals access to its newly laid fibre network and supporting infrastructure, promoting increased competition in the superfast broadband sector. Cable carrying rival Virgin Media has jumped all over this one, announcing plans to expand its own fibre network across BT’s footprint.
UK telco BT has been revealed as the source of a list of personal customer data, which has been made publicly available on the internet. The list in question, containing more than 500 names of broadband account holders, was sent from BT’s legal department in late August to a law firm ACS: Law. The names on the list are allegedly linked with the illegal sharing of copyrighted material.
UK incumbent BT has joined forces with broadcast infrastructure firm Arqiva and business consultancy Detica in a bid to mop up business under the local government’s proposed smart metering initiative.
The doors opened Tuesday morning on the 2010 IPTV World Forum, with keynotes from Richard Halton, director of Project Canvas at the BBC, and Richard Young, director of business development at BT Vision.