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Convergence clash as Voda-ONO launches

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Vodafone-Ono is finalising its first combined convergent package in with unconfirmed plans for very discounted prices. The group plans a heavy marketing campaign to promote the service in direct competition with Telefonica. In the last quarter of 2014, Vodafone-ONO mobile phone users amounted to a total of 5,549,000 with the company gaining 70,000 subs in broadband to 2,776,000 customers, 1,595,000 […]

Judge: UPC Ireland ‘must enforce 3 strikes policy’

The High Court has ordered UPC Ireland, the country’s second largest ISP, to take measures to stop illegal downloading. Justice Brian Cregan granted three music companies an injunction requiring UPC Communications to move against its subscribers involved in Internet piracy. The Irish units of Sony Music, Warner Music and Universal Music sought the orders. Cregan adjourned the case until next […]

75% abandon poor streaming within 4min

Conviva, a specialist in OTT video experience optimisation, has released the findings of its inaugural report, which found that stream interruptions, inadequate picture fidelity and other poor streaming experience issues prompt nearly three-quarters of all OTT video viewers to give up in the first four minutes of playback. The report reveals the steep challenges OTT service providers, ISPs and CDNs […]

Report: Cord-cutting could get worse

Analysis from MoffettNathanson asks the all-important question as to the position of US cable & satellite if so-called ‘cord-cutting’ turns out to be actually worse than expected. MN reports that the last 3 months have seen a flurry of new entries into the OTT market in the US.  Dish’s Sling TV, CBS All Access, HBO Now, and Sony Vue “have […]

EC: ‘Yes net neutrality, No geoblocking’

The European Commission has reiterated its call for strong net neutrality and an open market for digital media with an end to geo blocking. EC VP and digital single market commissioner Andrus Ansip told a European Voice event on Creating Europe’s Digital Highways: “On net neutrality, there are three elements we should address: firstly, we need to make sure that […]

BT launches 4G mobile data deals

BT has moved back into the consumer mobile market with deals offering bundles of 4G data, minutes and texts for as little as £5 a month for its existing BT Broadband homes. The telco has unveiled three bring your own phone (SIM Only) plans that offer: ·   A combination of 4G on the UK’s biggest network along with unlimited access […]

Vivacom stake sold for €1

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A Luxembourg-registered group has bought company stakes owned by fugitive Bulgarian tycoon Tsvetan Vassilev for €1, including 43 per cent in Bulgaria’s biggest telco Vivacom. Vassilev was at the centre of a scandal last year when a bank he majority-owned, Corporate Commercial Bank, was hit by a run on deposits and shut down. He was subsequently charged with embezzlement and […]

Guangdong Cable selects NAGRA anyCAST

NAGRA, a Kudelski Group digital TV business and provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, announced today that Guangdong Cable has selected NAGRA anyCAST content protection solutions to secure a new offer combining DVB-based live TV and Internet-based OTT services. The OTT services will include live TV and VoD delivered to PCs, iOS and Android devices. Guangdong Cable serves […]

Home buyers hate slow broadband

Nearly half (42 per cent) of UK broadband customers would think twice about purchasing a property if it had poor broadband, according to a survey of 2,000 UK broadband customers by telecoms advice site Cable.co.uk. In addition, one third

Thuraya up for sale

The UAE’s broadband and sat-phone operator Thuraya is up for sale. There’s even a prospective buyer lined up in the shape of satellite giant Inmarsat. The problem is the two are very wide from reaching an agreed sale price. While Thuraya has been on the sales forecourt for some time, the asking price – of some $600 million – has […]

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