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Ofcom appoints UK Broadband CTO as director of spectrum

Philip Marnick has been appointed Ofcom's group director in charge of spectrum

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has announced the appointment of Philip Marnick as its group director in charge of spectrum. Marnick currently holds the position of CTO at wireless service provider UK Broadband and will move to Ofcom in November. He has 27 years experience in the wireless communications industry, having previously held senior roles at O2, BT, Orange, Softbank Mobile and Nuance.

CTO, UK Broadband: “We need to become a provider of services, not just technology.”

Philip Marnick, CEO of UK Broadband

Philip Marnick is CTO of UK Broadband, which operates the first live LTE network in the UK. Marnick is speaking in the Wireless Broadband Summit on Day Three 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 conference we speak to him on the latest developments at UKB and why he expects its business model to prove successful.

UK Broadband CTO, “We’re moving from a voice world into a world of data”

Philip Marnick, CTO of UK Broadband is speaking at the LTE World Summit, taking place on the 23-24 May 2012 CCIB, Barcelona, Spain.

Philip Marnick, CTO of UK Broadband is speaking at the LTE World Summit, taking place on the 23-24 May 2012 CCIB, Barcelona, Spain. UKB will be the first operator to launch a commercial LTE service in the UK. Ahead of the conference Telecoms.com speaks to him about why UK Broadband’s extensive spectrum holdings and wholesale model will make it significant player in the UK LTE market.

Swindon’s offices to gain LTE boost courtesy of UK Broadband

Swindon will be the location for the first commercial LTE network in the UK

The borough of Swindon is to become the first area in the UK to be covered by a live commercial LTE network courtesy of the 4G network wholesaler UK Broadband. The service will be aimed predominantly at public sector and businesses via a fixed-wireless services, but local residents will be able to take advantage of the network through retail partnerships via Mifi type devices, which it said would be available from September.

TD-LTE wholesaler to launch in UK in May

The deployment is a world first in the 3.5GHz band

UK LTE licensee UK Broadband (UKB), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hong Kong’s PCCW, has said it aims to offer commercial services from May after building out the first TD-LTE network in the country.

UK government offers £100m broadband boost, but only for cities

BT ahead of target with its fibre rollout

The UK government has announced a plan to invest £100m ($156m) to create ten ‘super-connected’ cities equipped with high-speed broadband in the country. The announcement was made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osbourne in his Autumn Statement and forms part of a general £5bn increase in infrastructure spending, in an attempt to boost the UK’s stalling economy.

Copper still a viable solution for fast broadband says BT

Despite its fibre rollout, BT is looking to squeeze as much as it can out of its existing copper network

UK incumbent BT may well extend the life of its copper broadband network rather than switch to fibre for faster broadband. Lucy Dimes, chief executive of Alcatel-Lucent UK and Ireland told a forum in London last week that vectoring broadband technology (VDSL) could extend the life of copper technology to provide speeds of up to 100Mbps, ZDnet has reported.

PCCW looking to build UK’s first LTE network

HOng Kong's PCCW could be the first to launch LTE infrastructure in the UK, using refarmed Wimax spectrum

The UK’s incumbent mobile networks could be beaten to the LTE punch by Hong Kong based telecoms company PCCW, according to a report in the Financial Times. The operator is looking to build out an LTE network as early as 2012, the report states, via its British subsidiary UK Broadband.

UK Broadband gets green light for mobile WiMAX

The UK’s communications watchdog has given wireless broadband operator, UK Broadband, the go ahead to connect to mobile devices using WiMAX technology. UK Broadband, which operates under the ‘now’ brand as a subsidiary of Hong Kong’s PCCW, acquired a nationwide 3.5GHz licence in 2004. It subsequently launched wireless broadband services based on UMTS-TDD (TD-CDMA) in [...]

UK now up for sale?

UK wireless broadband provider UK Broadband, which operates under the brand ‘now’, is believed to be up for sale, after failing to compete effectively against its fixed line rivals. The service, based on UMTS-TDD also known as TD-CDMA, launched in London in 2005 under the name Netvigator but changed its name to ‘now’ to be [...]

WiMAX players to form roaming alliance

At an inaugural meeting in Paris on Thursday, a handful of WiMAX licensees from around the world launched the WiMAX Spectrum Owners Alliance (WiSOA). The organisation is the first of its kind, composed exclusively of companies that own spectrum and operate services in the WiMAX bands, with a target of connecting a billion users to [...]

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