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Netflix speeds up 65% after Comcast deal

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Comcast customers in the US are seeing a significant boost in streaming video speed after a deal between Netflix and the broadband provider. The news emerged as Netflix revealed its Netflix ISP Speed Index for March 2014. “This month’s rankings are a great illustration of how performance can improve when ISPs work to connect directly to Netflix,” Netflix spokesperson Joris [...]

Telecom Italia’s fibre optic network in 54 cities

Telecom Italia’s new NGAN (Next Generation Access Network) fibre-optic network, which provides speeds of at least 30 Mbps, is already available in 54 Italian cities, with more to be added in the coming months. According to Telecom Italia’s director of technology, Roberto Opilio, the goal is to cover over 50 per cent of the population by 2016, in order to [...]

ECJ: ISPs may block pirates

The European Court of Justice has ruled that ISPs in Europe can legally block piracy sites illegally distributing copyright material. The Court was ruling on a case from June 2012 before the Austrian Supreme Court, which asked the ECJ to interpret European copyright law. A distributor filed suit against Austrian cable operator UPC Telekabel Wien for not blocking access to [...]

AT&T: Hastings’ net neutrality proposition “arrogant”

Jim Cicconi, senior executive vice president-external and legislative affairs at US telco AT&T, has responded to the blog posted by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings in which he urged regulators and consumers to fight for stronger net neutrality rules, describing Hastings’ assertions as “dramatic” and his proposition as “arrogant”. Writing in the AT&T Public Policy Blog, Cicconi says that he saw [...]

Netflix’s Hastings calls for stronger net neutrality

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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has urged regulators and consumers to fight for stronger net neutrality rules, confirming that he paid Comcast for a deal to stream Netflix content more quickly and stating that that such agreements should be prohibited. Writing at length in the company blog, Hastings said that the Internet is improving lives everywhere – democratising access to ideas, [...]

UK consumer body: ‘Guarantee broadband speed’

UK consumer publication Which? is calling on broadband providers to give customers the speed and service they pay for as new Which? research finds that around three in five (63 per cent) people experience problems with their broadband. Its research also reveals that nearly half (45 per cent) of people suffer slow download speeds, with 58 per cent of them [...]

VM’s Mockridge: ‘Better placed to meet customer demands’

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Tom Mockridge, CEO of UK quad play operator Virgin Media, has suggested the company is now better placed to meet the demands of customers who are demanding greater bandwidth to enable consumption of their services. Addressing a meeting of the Broadcasting Press Guild, Mockridge noted that since the company had been acquired by Liberty Global, who he described as long-term [...]

75% of British homes can get superfast broadband

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Three out of every four homes in Britain can now get fixed broadband services at superfast speeds if they choose.  Contrary to frequent jibes that the UK is backward in developing next-generation broadband services, this is one of the highest proportions for any major country in Europe. Superfast or Next-Generation Access (NGA) services are defined as those providing download speeds [...]

Mexico seeks telco and TV competition

The near monopoly enjoyed by Mexico’s leading broadcaster Televisa and telco América Móvil in their respective sectors look set to change following a ruling by state regulators that they have “preponderant” market share. Mexico’s Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones Federal Telecommunications Institute is to introduce 188 measures that seek to reduce their participation, as well as inviting tenders for two national [...]

Netflix CFO: Comcast deal was essential

Netflix had to make its new deal to pay Comcast for improved service over its broadband lines because “there were some choke points around peak usage times,” CFO David Wells told the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference. That should ease now that the agreement — which eliminates intermediaries handling Netflix traffic to Comcast — will “shore up the [...]

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