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SFR-Numericable deal closes

Multinational cable and telecommunications company Altice and French cable MSO Numericable Group have confirmed the closing of the transaction to combine mobile operator SFR and Numericable. Vivendi received €13.366 billion in cash of which €200 million will be contributed to the financing of the acquisition of Virgin Mobile by Numericable Group. The amount of €13.166 billion will be subject to […]

Telcos to pay for 4G interference in DTT

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The Spanish Goverment is finalising a ruling whereby telco operators will take all responsability and assume the costs in any 4G interference in the transmission of DTT from January 1st when the DTT migration to another frequencies band is completed. Citizens will be able to claim damage before the State Secretary of Telecommunications (SETSI) for any interference with Telefónica, Orange […]

6 new channels for Virgin TV Anywhere

Quad-play operator Virgin Media has added 4Music, CBS Action, CBS Drama, Extreme Sports, The Horror Channel and Sony SAB to Virgin TV Anywhere, which it claims is the UK’s most comprehensive TV on-the-go service. The addition of the new channels to the service brings the total number of channels available for Virgin TV customers to watch on computers, tablets and […]

EC Digital VP: Net neutrality concept has to be solid

European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip, the politician responsibly for leading the Digital Single Market project team, has told the European Parliament that it needs to be decisive in moving towards a Telecoms Single Market, and warned that the net neutrality concept has to be solid and should be clearly defined. Addressing a Plenary Session of the Parliament, Ansip agreed […]

High-end gateways and STBs crowding out broadband routers

Market research firm Infonetics Research has released excerpts from its latest Home Networking Devices report, which tracks broadband routers; residential gateways; STBs; multimedia over coax (MoCA) optical network terminals (ONTs); and HomePlug Powerline, MoCA coax-Ethernet, and HPNA/G.hn adapters. “In the more mature broadband markets of North America and Western Europe, service providers are deploying higher-end gateways and set-top boxes with […]

Argentina forbids telcos any DTH action

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Argentina has amended its proposed Digital Law. The result, if approved and passed into law, will forbid telephone companies to enter into DTH satellite entertainment broadcasts. The new rule means that the local telco giants such as Telefónica, Claro and others, many of which are active in broadcasting DTH platforms in neighbouring Latin American countries, will not be permitted to […]

FCC auction tops $36bn – and climbing

Another day, another few billions of dollars raised in the most lucrative spectrum auction ever conducted in the US. At the end of Monday evening (November 24) the total value of bids in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) table topped a staggering $36 billion. And winning bids are beginning to emerge. The late afternoon saw Round 31 take place, and […]

All-in-One quadplay from KD, Vodafone

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The first fruits of mobile operator Vodafone’s €10.7 billion takeover of German triple-play cableco Kabel Deutschland in 2103 are beginning to emerge with the launch of Vodafone All-in-One, a quadplay package which Kabel Deutschland says brings together the best products of both worlds – mobile from Vodafone Germany and cable Internet, phone and TV for the home from Kabel Deutschland. […]

UK telcos call for BT dominance review

Expressing concern that former incumbent telco BT still holds a network monopoly position 30 years after privatisation, and ten years after the formation of regulator Ofcom, the UK Competitive Telecommunications Association (UKCTA) has called on the watchdog to review the market and reassess its priorities for the next ten years to ensure the UK communications sector remains competitive. A recent […]

DOCSIS channel shipments up 95%

Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its 3rd quarter 2014 CCAP, CMTS, and Edge QAM Hardware and Subscribers report, which tracks cable broadband equipment and subscribers. “Though down a bit sequentially, total upstream and downstream

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