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THOR 7 to provide faster broadband connections from the South Pole

Telenor Satellite Broadcasting’s (TSBc) latest satellite, THOR 7 will provide the Norwegian troll base located at the South Pole with increased satellite capacity for the distribution of key meteorological data from the research station, Trollsat. The additional capacity will also provide faster and more stable broadband connections, essential for employees working at the base, as […]

December 1, 2011

Asheridge launches Trilithic Cal Centre

Asheridge Communications, a supplier of equipment to the European Cable industry, this month launches a Calibration and Repair centre for Trilithic Instruments. “With our increasing sales to the Europe-wide markets, we recognized the growing need for a repair and calibration service to give our customers a better user experience.  In addition when selling new meters, […]

December 1, 2011

UK MNOs ‘hamper growth’ by delaying 4G auction

The head of Ofcom Ed Richards has accused mobile networks of “holding back innovation and hampering growth” because their threats of litigation mean that the UK will be the last major European economy to hold a 4G auction. Control of the spectrum sell-off, which is meant to deliver the high-speed mobile broadband needed to keep […]

November 30, 2011

Intel’s HDCP system cracked by researchers

Intel’s High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP), which is its copy protection system for audio and video, has been cracked by a German research team using off-the-shelf products, to prove that there are flaws in its encryption, reports MacWorld. HDCP sits inside nearly every HDMI or DVI-compatible TV or computer flat screen. It serves to pass […]

November 30, 2011

Virgin: Targeted ads in 2012

Virgin Media is set to launch an addressable advertising service in the second quarter of 2012, ahead of rival Sky. The service will allow ads across all Virgin’s platforms to be targeted to all 3.8 million of Virgin’s individual households. Initially, it will be rolled out with VoD content with linear following shortly after. Virgin […]

November 29, 2011

UK £100m for broadband

Better broadband networks in 10 cities across the UK are being promised by the government. UK Chancellor George Osborne announced £5 billion (€5.8bn) of spending on infrastructure including £100m for broadband networks. Coverage in London, Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff and will be boosted. A further six cities will be identified later. “It means creating new […]

November 29, 2011

Judge orders Telmex pay-TV rethink

A Mexican judge has ordered government regulators to reconsider their veto of telco Telmex’s bid to enter the cable television market. The Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes (Communications and Transportation Secretariat) said that it had been notified of the judge’s ruling, which granted Telmex and affiliate Telnor an appeal against the Secretariat’s refusal earlier in […]

November 28, 2011By Colin Mann

Virgin Media customers ‘most dissatisfied’

Virgin Media has the biggest proportion of dissatisfied customers for landline, broadband and pay-TV services, according to Ofcom’s latest customer satisfaction tables. In September, the media regulator conducted 3,000 interviews and various online surveys of customers of landline, mobile, fixed broadband and pay-TV operators with a market share of 4 per cent or more. Virgin […]

November 25, 2011

Cabovisao up for sale

Canada’s Cogeco Cable has reportedly decided to sell its Portuguese cable TV and broadband/telephone operation, Cabovisao. The cable operator, according to the Lusa news agency has invited “expressions of interest” from other international operators and private equity investors. Lusa says some conversations have already started and are well advanced. Cogeco has controlled the business since […]

November 24, 2011By Chris Forrester

Ofcom: Broadband speed and shaping should be clearer

Broadband speeds should be made much clear to consumers, communications regulator Ofcom has told ISPs. The average broadband speed a consumer is likely to actually receive, rather than the package they’re being sold, must be made clear at the point of sale, Ofcom said. Users must also be given easily understandable information about whether ISPs […]

November 24, 2011