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Internet to reach 3bn users in 2015

The number of Internet users worldwide will surpass 3 billion in 2015, according to figures from eMarketer, increasing 6.2 per cent next year to reach 42.4 per cent of the entire world’s population. This year, Internet user penetration will top the 40 per cent mark for the first time as the web reaches 2.89 billion users across the world. By […]

Netflix still dominates Internet traffic

Findings from intelligent broadband network solutions specialist Sandvine’s latest latest bi-annual Internet traffic trends report – Global Internet Phenomena Report 2H 2014 – suggest that Netflix continues to dominate North American networks, with Amazon Instant Video establishing itself as the second largest paid streaming service. “With both Netflix and Amazon Instant Video gaining bandwidth share in North America during 2014, […]

Ofcom opens up 700 MHz for mobile broadband

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UK comms regulator Ofcom has announced it is to make valuable airwaves available for mobile broadband services, suggesting it is also securing the future of digital terrestrial TV. The decision allows mobile network operators to deliver mobile broadband using some of the frequencies currently used for digital terrestrial TV services, such as Freeview, and wireless microphones. These frequencies make up […]

ViaSat promises “unlimited bandwidth” over satellite

California-based satellite broadband operator ViaSat says it intends to offer an unlimited bandwidth service to subscribers once its upcoming ViaSat-2 is in orbit. Launch of ViaSat-2 is due in mid-2016. VCEO Mark Dankberg said his intention is to challenge cable and DSL service providers which are often unable to manage demand from users for higher bandwidth speeds. Dankberg said service […]

Broadband equipment market flat Q3, PON grows

Market research firm Infonetics Research has released vendor market share and preliminary analysis from its Q3 PON, FTTH, and DSL Aggregation Equipment and Subscribers report. “PON (passive optical network) was the only broadband aggregation equipment category to grow in the third quarter of 2014, and it was up just 1 per cent sequentially, led by

UPC Hungary: 80% YouTube STB take-up

The percentage of available subscribers accessing YouTube via existing STBs in UPC Hungary has risen substantially to 80 per cent, according to Arpad Jordan, CTO, UPC Central and Eastern Europe. Addressing delegates at the OTTtv World Summit in London, Jordan admitted that from previous experience, UPC expected something around 30 per cent to 40 per cent of take-up rate. “What […]

Ofcom to investigate Premier League rights

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UK comms regulator Ofcom has opened an investigation into how the English Premier League sells live UK audio-visual media rights for Premier League football matches. The investigation will be carried out under the Competition Act and follows a complaint from Virgin Media, which was submitted to Ofcom in September. As set out in section 25 of the Competition Act, Ofcom […]

Tele Columbus growth accelerates

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Tele Columbus Group, the third largest German cable network operator, continues to deliver on its strategy of profitable and accelerating growth over the first nine months of this financial year. Revenues grew by 3.8 per cent to €159.3 million in the nine months ended September 30th 2014 compared to the same period 2013. Normalised EBITDA increased by 10 per cent […]

KPN acquires remaining 40% stake in Reggefiber

KPN has reached an agreement with joint-venture partner Reggeborgh to acquire the remaining 40 per cent stake in Reggefiber and obtain 100 per cent ownership for €610 million. Joost Farwerck, Member Board of Management KPN, commented: “We are pleased to have obtained full ownership of Reggefiber and aim to learn and make use of the vast amount of expertise which […]

TalkTalk goes quadplay

TalkTalk has struck an MVNO deal with Telefónica UK to launch mobile services over its network as it plans a quad play package. Dido Harding, chief executive, told the FT: “We see the market genuinely moving to quad play. This will accelerate that business rapidly.” TalkTalk and Telefónica are expected to announce the deal this week, TalkTalk is expected to […]

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