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TRAI seeks to restructure cable TV industry

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended a separate licensing framework for local cable operators and multi system operators, in its draft recommendations India’s cable television industry, which covered 78 million households at the end of 2007, is facing challenges of technology, resources and fragmented distribution, leading the regulator to examine possibilities of […]

July 13, 2008

Ofcom will protect broadband investment

Ofcom has re-affirmed its intention to offer a ‘new framework for investment' in Britain's broadband networks. The media regulator has challenged the industry to back the proposed rollout of super-fast broadband networks across the UK. Ed Richards, Ofcom chief executive, outlined the proposals and stressed that a regulatory framework would be put in place that […]

July 9, 2008

Broadband improvements show 'Neilsen's Law'

According to a report from the FTTH Council Europe, improvements in broadband connectivity speeds are having a direct impact on consumer bandwidth usage, with demand per broadband home growing at almost 20 per cent per annum over the last 5 years. The research, undertaken with Ventura Team, is believed to be the first of its […]

July 8, 2008

Ofcom: Broadband investment will be rewarded

UK media regulator Ofcom has called on fixed line operators like BT and Virgin Media to offer much faster broadband speeds and has promised to let them make a return if they make the necessary heavy investments. With the UK under pressure to offer faster download speeds to remain competitive, Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards […]

July 7, 2008

Broadband users spend half their free time online

The Internet has become a big part of the leisure-time activities of US consumers with broadband connections who spend nearly half of their free time each weekday online, according to a survey by Netpop Research. Respondents say they have on average 4.5 hours of free time each weekday and spend 2.2 of those hours on […]

July 4, 2008

Mobile Broadband 'jeopardised by regulation'

Europe's mobile industry is cutting back spending on new networks and services as a growing regulatory burden from the European Union puts profitability under pressure, according to GSMA, the global trade body for the mobile industry. To justify the imposition of retail price caps, the European Commission has claimed that mobile operators are making excessive […]

July 4, 2008

Traffic surge on relaunched ITV sites

Video views on ITV.com and ITV Local grew by 21 per cent month-on-month for the last five months, with 12 million video views in May alone. The figures announced by Jeff Henry, MD of ITV Consumer, also show that average daily unique users to ITV.com have doubled since the site's re-launch, reaching a total of […]

June 23, 2008

Broadband subs to reach 415m this year

Worldwide broadband subscriptions will reach 415 million in 2008, representing one billion discrete broadband users, according to Strategy Analytics. The number of broadband subscriptions will continue to grow to 621 million by 2012. While DSL remains the dominant access technology, accounting for two-thirds of worldwide subscriptions, newer access technologies are taking hold. “Fibre and WiMAX […]

May 30, 2008

Triple play “not enough”

From Colin Mann in Cologne Operators need to go beyond the triple play of voice, video and data, according to Bob McIntyre, CTO of Cisco's Service Provider Group. “Triple play is not enough,” he warned delegates attending the Broadband Summit at the ANGA Cable Congress. “The competitive edge will come with an integrated solution,” he […]

May 30, 2008

Cable and DTH bloom in Portugal

As at the end of March, the services of subscription television which use cable and satellite technologies registered around 2 million users in Portugal, representing around 18.8 subscribers per 100 inhabitants. Of these two million users, 75 per cent were customers of the cable distribution service – almost 1.5 million customers – while Direct To […]

May 30, 2008