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Brazil v Germany sees 20x increase in mobile data volume

Germany v Armenia - International Friendly

During the World Cup semi-final match between Brazil and Germany on July 8th, there was a 20-fold increase in data volume from a single sports network (ESPN) over the mobile network. However, when the score reached 0-5, data volume dropped off, almost back to normal levels of the previous day At the beginning of the World Cup, there was a […]

150 channels in Russia could close

Russia has gone ahead and its Federation Council has approved a highly-controversial law that bans advertising on most cable and satellite channels. BBC Monitoring is reporting July 10th that President Putin has side-stepped normal processes and already signed the Bill into law. The law, which comes into force on January 1st 2015, bans commercials on all channels available exclusively on […]

Survey: Net neutrality is dead


Flash Networks, specialists in mobile Internet optimisation and monetisation, has published a study revealing that 69 per cent of operators and,  74 per cent of subscribers think that mobile operators should be allowed to offer a fast lane connection to premium content providers. Flash Networks’ annual LTE survey conducted at LTE World Summit polled both subscribers and mobile operators to […]

Alcatel-Lucent record speed on copper

Bell Labs, the research arm of telecoms technology provider Alcatel-Lucent, has set a new broadband speed record of 10 Gbps using traditional copper telephone lines and a prototype technology that demonstrates how existing copper access networks can be used to deliver 1Gbps symmetrical ultra-broadband access services. Achieving 1 Gbps ‘symmetrical’ services – where bandwidth can be split to provide simultaneous […]

Carlos Slim to slim down in Mexico


Billionaire media mogul Carlos Slim is to sell down his assets in Mexico, including those of America Movil, in order to bring the total market share to below 50 per cent.  Slim risked further incurring the wrath of Mexico’s regulator which was preparing tough new rules designed to curb his expansion in the market, and regionally. America Movil runs cellular […]

NZ ISP provides Netflix US via VPN

Slingshot, a local ISP in New Zealand, has added a new “global mode” to its Internet plans that allows its customers to access video services such as Netflix or Hulu. Slingshot’s global mode is essentially a VPN, so it reroutes any traffic through servers situated in other countries, so Slingshot subscribers using global mode may look like they’re located in […]

Pay-TV subscriber growth continues


The growth of pay television continues, as providers embrace multiscreen services to offer subscribers more viewing options, according to the July 2014 Multiscreen Index published by informitv. The report shows a 1.4 per cent increase in digital television subscriber numbers across 100 leading pay-television services around the world in the first quarter of 2014. They collectively gained

No ads on Russian cable TV?

Russia’s parliament has called for a complete ban on advertising on the country’s cable TV channels. The move is reportedly designed to favour Russia’s own publicly-funded channels. The Russian State, as well as state-backed Gazprom Media, operate the nation’s three main TV channels and these reach a claimed 58 per cent of the population. However, ratings measurement from TNS says […]

Global IPTV subs surpass 100m


Global IPTV subscriptions have topped the 100 million mark for the first time, according to Point Topic. The market grew by 4.8 per cent in the first quarter of 2014, which matched the growth rate  achieved in the last quarter of 2013. There were 4.6 million new subscriptions during the Q1 2014 period, taking the total number of subscriptions to […]

EC approves Vodafone/ONO deal


The European Commission has cleared the proposed €7.2 billion acquisition of Spanish quad-play operator ONO by the Vodafone Group under the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission concluded that the transaction would not raise competition concerns, as the parties’ activities are largely complementary: ONO’s main activity is related to fixed telecoms, whereas Vodafone is mainly active in mobile telecoms. Vodafone and […]

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