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Telefonica to triple FTTH speed

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Telefonica is going to triple the Internet broadband speed, from 100 Mpbs to 300 Mpbs, before thr summer in an attempt to take the lead in the increasingly competitive broadband market, and widen its capacity to distribute Movistar TV and new added-value video services. The company will also migrate free of charge its ADSL clients to the FTTH network which […]

BT preps 4G network



BT is preparing to launch its own 4G network, even before it has completed the £12.5 billion takeover of EE. The telco will reportedly unveil its 4G service by this week, according to a report in The Telegraph, and will likely undercut many of its rivals. BT will initially launch its 4G service as a “virtual” network (or MVNO), piggybacking […]

HBO, Sony, Showtime want fast lane

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HBO, Sony and Showtime all want special treatment from ISPs to avoid congestion and data caps for their online streaming services. “Instead of putting their Web traffic on the public Internet’s main thoroughfare, they want to be in a separate lane that would ensure their content gets special treatment,” the WSJ reports. “In effect, that would move them away from the […]

BT resists Ofcom margin rule

BT has criticsed Ofcom for taking a ‘lopsided approach’ to the UK broadband market. On March 19th Ofcom confirmed it was going ahead with a new pricing rule, coming into effect on April 1st. The rule means BT must maintain a sufficient margin between its wholesale and retail superfast broadband fees, in order to allow other providers, which use the […]

Telecom Italia returns to profit

Telecom Italia has returned to profit for the first time in three years as Italy’s largest telecoms group begins its biggest investment to date to modernise its mobile and broadband networks. The group was on the way to becoming a “real public company”, according to chairman Giuseppe Recchi, following an overhaul of its broadband and corporate governance. Net income rose […]

Ofcom implements BT margin rule

UK regulator Ofcom has confirmed it will push ahead with plans to monitor the price BT charges rivals to access its superfast fibre network after taking on board concerns from the European Commission. Peers such as TalkTalk have long complained that BT overcharges for wholesale access to its infrastructure, helping it fund additional services such as sports programming which it […]

Fastweb extends fibre optic services

Italian broadband operator Fastweb has launched fibre optic services in eleven new cities: Brindisi, Ferrara, Latina, Lodi, Novara, Parma, Potenza, Salerno, Savona, Settimo Torinese and Taranto. The fibre connection is offered to both new customers purchasing a fixed Internet service (20/10 Mbps) from Fastweb starting from €19 per month as well as for existing customers. The UltraFibre option (100/10 Mbps) […]

Altice to sell Portugal’s Cabovisão

France’s Altice has confirmed it is planning to sell Portuguese cable TV operator Cabovisão. Speaking to journalists in Paris, the co-founder of Altice, Armando Pereira, said that his company may sell Cabovisão, to ensure that Portugal’s Competition Authority gives the green light for the purchase of telecommunications operator PT Portugal. Altice group is planning to buy PT Portugal that, among […]

Orange maps TV future

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Orange has unveiled ‘Essentials2020′ –  its new strategic plan to 2020, building on the Conquests 2015 five year plan launched in 2010. Orange says it will leverage five main drivers: Offering richer connectivity; Reinventing the customer relationship; Building a people-oriented and digital employer model; Accompanying the transformation of enterprise customers; and Diversifying by capitalizing on its assets. All this will […]

Inmarsat & Solaris Mobile could lose spectrum

UK regulator Ofcom has issued formal warnings to Inmarsat and Solaris Mobile that they must bring into use their planned services by December 2016, or else risk losing the frequency rights. The transmission rights cover the intended supply of satellite radio and transmissions to hand-held devices proposed some years ago. Solaris Mobile’s S-band orbital assets were sold to an Echostar […]

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