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Google: Less regulation = faster net

Although governments are keen to reap the benefits of high-speed Internet access, they need to reform regulations to help those building networks to provide it, according to a senior Google executive. Delivering a keynote address at the Broadband World Forum in Paris, Kevin Lo, Google’s general manager of access, told delegates: “Regulation can get in […]

September 27, 2011Nick Snow @ Broadband World Forum

Virgin Media: ‘TiVo will beat Sky+’

A new report on UK cable operator Virgin Media’s prospects (from investment bankers Morgan Stanley) says that TiVo’s functionality will make life very hard for YouView or BSkyB. Virgin’s senior staffers say that their TiVo box, now rolling out to its customer base, will beat to the punch the UK’s digital terrestrial service YouView and […]

September 27, 2011By Chris Forrester

IPTV tops 50m

The Broadband and IPTV Growth Report presented at the Broadband World Forum in Paris has revealed that broadband continued to show healthy growth in the first half of 2011. Prepared for the Broadband Forum by industry analysts Point Topic, the figures reveal the broadband subscriber total at the end of June 2011 is now standing […]

September 27, 2011Nick Snow @ Broadband World Forum

J:COM, Tokyu acquire Yokohama Cable Vision

Japanese cable services provider Jupiter Telecommunications (J:COM) has concluded an agreement with Sotetsu Holdings on buying a controlling stake in Yokohama Cable Vision, which is owned by Sotetsu. Yokohama Cable Vision (YCV) operates in Yokohama with 260,000 homes passed. J:COM will buy 51 per cent of the shares in YCV and Tokyu will buy 49 […]

September 27, 2011

Sezmi drops consumer service

Subscription video service Sezmi has joined the likes of Akimbo, ZillionTV, and Moviebeam in pulling the plug on its consumer operation. Sezmi’s subscription video service was available in 36 metropolitan areas of the United States. It provided a DVR which recorded free over-the-air broadcasts, plus OTT video from Internet sources. A customer communication September 23 […]

September 26, 2011By Colin Mann

PCCW flotation

PCCW in Hong Kong is looking to raise as much as 10bn Hong Kong dollars ($1.3bn) in a share sale. The company said it was planning to spin off its telecom unit into a publicly traded trust. A major slice of the money raised will be used to pay off the firm’s debts. “The directors […]

September 26, 2011

Mexico’s Maxcom plans online TV service

Mexico’s Maxcom Telecomunicaciones is set to launch an online video and live television rental service using a technology that allows streaming with a very low broadband speed. The telco already offers phone and Internet services in Mexico, where it has around 100,000 broadband users, The service will pitch it into competition with Netflix’s recently-launched operation […]

September 26, 2011

Pace introduces Helium software

Pace has announced the launch of its Helium Unified Gateway Software for broadband network providers. Helium enables operators to manage their services through any gateway or next generation smartbox system, regardless of vendor, and provides advanced home networking services to the consumer in a simple, operator-defined environment. Helium, a new addition to Pace’s Elements platform, […]

September 26, 2011

High demand for xDSL testing

The spike in demand for IPTV and broadband-based video service is a major factor spearheading growth in the world xDSL test equipment market. High bandwidth requirements for IPTV and customers’ higher expectations of service uptime are forcing service providers to purchase the latest test equipment and service monitoring tools. Analysis from Frost & Sullivan finds […]

September 23, 2011

RGU growth, cable widens gap on telcos

In the battle between the telcos and cable TV industries, cable service providers are pulling ahead of telecoms service providers. According to data from TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Pay-TV research service, in Q2 2011, the number of IPTV subscribers worldwide exceeded 50 million as telcos continued striving to exploit their fixed broadband customer base to gain a […]

September 23, 2011