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BT confirms Netflix deal

UK telco BT has confirmed that it is to make available Internet TV streaming service Netflix as part of its offering. BT revealed the initiative as it reported its Q2 results, which saw it add 38,000 TV customers in the quarter. “We continue to focus on strengthening our TV proposition and are excited to announce we have entered into a […]

Verizon bundles free Netflix

Verizon Communications will be giving all new customers in the US a free one-year subscription to Netflix if they subscribe to its FiOS triple play service. The announcement follows Verizon’s failed partnership with Redbox to start its own streaming service, Redbox Instant. The service was launched in March 2013 but was shut down earlier this month. “The joint venture partners […]

Eltel Sønnico signs Telenor agreement

Eltel Sønnico, the new 50/50 joint venture company formed by Eltel’s telecom branch in Norway and Sønnico, has signed a five year contract with Telenor and Canal Digital Kabel-TV. Telenor Norge is undertaking a long-term modernisation and simplification of services and processes in all of its technology areas. The new partner agreements will secure simplified and more efficient working processes, […]

BT, Huawei achieve 3Tbps over fibre


UK telco BT and information and communications technology solutions provider Huawei have confirmed field trial speeds of up to three Terabits per second (Tbps), believed to be the fastest real-time super channel speeds ever achieved over an existing fibre link using commercial grade hardware and software in a real-world operational environment. The speeds are the equivalent to transmitting around 100 […]

EE to offer TV service


UK digital communications company EE is to become a quad-play operator with the launch of EE TV, which it describes as the UK’s most advanced TV service. According to the company, EE TV puts mobile at the heart of the TV experience, and works seamlessly with home TVs, tablets and smartphones, allowing customers to access the best of live and […]

Orange adds 25 HD+ channels for FTTH

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Orange France will strengthen its HD+ offering in 2015 by adding 25 new FTA and pay-TV channels to the 12 already carried. The offer specifically targets FTTH where Orange claims 500,000 customers and a leading position overall with three million households passed. The group also plans to launch its own SVoD platform by the end of this year in partnership […]

Wananchi raises $130m expansion funds

African triple-play operator Wananchi Group, owner of the Zuku Fiber, Zuku pay-TV and Simbanet business services brands, has raised $130 million to fund its growth and expansion in East and Southern Africa. “The new capital investment will be used to consolidate the group’s market leadership in East Africa and to extend our services across East and Southern Africa. We will […]

Vodafone launches Dutch TV service


Vodafone Netherlands has launched triple-play packages (Internet, telephone and TV services) throughout the country via its DSL network. Packages are available with speeds of 20, 40, and 80 MBs, and, in fibre areas. 50, 100 and 500 MBs. Branded ‘Vodaphone Thuis”, the TV service gives all customers access to a standard 54 digital channels via their TV package, including 25 […]

France: Orange to market Netflix

France’s biggest telco Orange has agreed to offer Netflix on its set-top boxes from November, its chief executive Stephane Richard told Le Monde. Rival Bouygues Telecom was the first operator in the country to announce last month that it would market the service, also in November. “Negotiations were tough but have come to a close,” Orange’s Richard was quoted as […]

Huggers: ‘No long-term future for IPTV’


Erik Huggers, former SVP for Verizon and former President for OnCue, Intel Media’s intended Cloud TV service, has suggested that IPTV has no long-term future for telcos, recommending that rather than invest in expensive sports rights, they put their resources into boosting speeds. Huggers, credited as the driving force behind the success of the BBC iPlayer, told delegates at the […]

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