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Thus pips BT to £70m Scottish broadband project

Scottish telco Thus has beaten BT in a race to be picked as the preferred bidder for a £70m project to wire up schools, libraries and other council buildings with speedier broadband services. The Highlands and Islands Pathfinder Broadband Procurement Project - which will deliver "a very high speed broadband services to more …
Tim Richardson, 30 Jun 2006
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AOL UK chalks up 100k LLU lines

AOL has unbundled more than 100,000 broadband lines since it kicked off investment in local loop unbundling (LLU) earlier this year. So far the ISP - which is the subject of much media speculation concerning the possible sale of its access business - has installed its kit in around 200 BT exchanges and migrated more than 100, …
Tim Richardson, 30 Jun 2006
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China targets blogs

China has launched yet another crackdown on the country's net users after officials said that blogs and search engines would "undergo strict supervision of the government". State media reports that China has already taken measures to "purify the environment of internet and mobile communication network" and plans to have this " …
Tim Richardson, 30 Jun 2006
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3! inks! deal! with! Yahoo!

3 is to give its punters unrestricted access to the wibbly wobbly web following a deal with Yahoo!. The 3G phone outfit has signed a global agreement with the internet giant to use its mobile internet services. The pair will work together to offer 3's punters services such as Yahoo! Search, Yahoo! Mobile Web, Yahoo! Messenger …
Tim Richardson, 29 Jun 2006
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EC proposes massive telco shake-up

The European Commission (EC) could be on a collision course with Europe's biggest telcos after publicly backing the idea of breaking-up incumbent operators. Speaking last night, Viviane Reding, the commissioner responsible for Information Society and Media, said she planned to publish proposals that that would "for the first …
Tim Richardson, 28 Jun 2006
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BT wants more women engineers

Openreach - BT's access services division - has launched a major recruitment drive to tempt more women to become phone engineers. According to correspondence published recently by regulator Ofcom, BT has a shortfall of several hundred engineers needed to carry out essential work. The "Open2all" initiative unveiled today is …
Tim Richardson, 27 Jun 2006
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Kiwi Telecom to split retail and wholesale operations

Telecom New Zealand (Telecom) has announced plans to create an "independent wholesale operation" in a bid to promote telecoms competition. Today's confirmation that Telecom plans to separate its wholesale and retail operations follows growing speculation about the future of the Kiwi incumbent after the government raised …
Tim Richardson, 27 Jun 2006
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Fasthosts floored by Telewest cable cut

Fasthosts - which describes itself as the "UK's number 1 web host" and "home to more websites than any other provider" - has blamed Telewest's network blackout yesterday for its service going titsup for around 10 hours. But in a move to prevent such an outage hitting the firm again it announced plans to carry out a network …
Tim Richardson, 26 Jun 2006
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BT hooks up with KDDI for Japanese JV

BT is hooking up with Japanese telco KDDI to provide telecoms service to Japanese multinationals. Once up and running the new 50:50 joint venture will employ around 100 staff and draw on the resources of both operators. According to the latest stats, Japan is the world's second largest corporate market and "high on BT's …
Tim Richardson, 26 Jun 2006
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'Malicious damage' causes Telewest World Cup blackout

Around 100,000 homes in the Bristol area were left without TV or internet services yesterday after two cables were "maliciously damaged". Subscribers to the NTL:Telewest service lost their service at around 3pm yesterday afternoon - just an hour before England's crucial World Cup match against Ecuador. By around 4am this …
Tim Richardson, 26 Jun 2006
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UK telcos challenge 'next generation networks' trademark

Scottish telco Thus is calling on the UK telecoms industry to challenge a recent trademark registration of the term "next generation networks". The term is jargon commonly used by telcos to describe their next generation telecoms networks, such as BT's 21CN, which use digital technology to connect phone calls and other network …
Tim Richardson, 26 Jun 2006
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BT to distribute WorldGate videophones

BT has signed an agreement to distribute videophones from US outfit WorldGate to other telcos and operators, but the UK incumbent hasn't decided whether it will flog these to its own punters. According to a statement issued by WorldGate on Wednesday: "BT plc (BT) and WorldGate Communications Inc announced today that they have …
Tim Richardson, 23 Jun 2006
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Redstone snaps up Symphony Telecom for £17m

Redstone plc is to buy mobile outfit Symphony Telecom for about £17m as part of plans to expand its business in the UK. Symphony Telecom is a distributor of mobile and fixed line telecoms to small and medium sized businesses (SMBs). It also acts as a distributor for all five mobile network operators within the UK. Once the …
Tim Richardson, 22 Jun 2006
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EC mulls cut in telco regulation - report

The European Commission (EC) is due to publish proposals next week that could free Europe's incumbent telcos from price controls and other forms of regulation. Draft proposals seen by the Financial Times talk of cutting regulation in seven of 18 telecoms markets. The proposals suggest price controls and other forms of …
Tim Richardson, 22 Jun 2006
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Tiscali clears email backlog

Tiscali UK says it has almost cleared a backlog of emails following a software snag that hit the ISP on Tuesday. The glitch meant that some people were unable to send email while others reported that emails were being delayed or even lost. A service status update posted on Tiscali's website yesterday afternoon read: "Some …
Tim Richardson, 22 Jun 2006
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Lycos.com tunes in to net TV

Lycos, Inc. has become the latest web outfit to jump on the internet TV bandwagon after announcing it has teamed up with US-based Permission TV to offer video content to the 25 million or so visitors to Lycos.com and its network of other sites. The portal outfit is currently holding talks to make TV shows and movies available …
Tim Richardson, 21 Jun 2006
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O2 says Be mine for £50m

O2 is splashing out £50m to buy tiddly LLU outfit Be as part of an ambitious plan to offer broadband alongside its own mobile services. Be only has about 10,000 customers - but that's not why O2 is buying the broadband operator. Instead, the cellco is interested in Be's infrastructure. Based on ADSL2+, Be's network offers …
Tim Richardson, 20 Jun 2006
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BT repackages broadband offering

BT has repackaged its broadband products in a bid to distance itself from the bundled offers that plug "free" broadband. Instead of competing head on with The Carphone Warehouse and Orange by matching their aggressive pricing, BT has decided to take a different approach that packs a whole stack of features into one monthly …
Tim Richardson, 20 Jun 2006
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Verizon sues Vonage in VoIP patent spat

US telecoms giant Verizon is suing Vonage over alleged patent infringements, the broadband telephony service confirmed today. Vonage Holdings Corp and its subsidiary Vonage America were served with the lawsuit, which relates to seven patents, by Verizon Services Corp and Verizon Laboratories. In a statement, Vonage said it " …
Tim Richardson, 19 Jun 2006
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Broadband numbers grow at Demon

Demon, the internet brand of Scottish telco Thus, saw the number of broadband subscribers jump 20 per cent over the last year to 110,000, helping to boost broadband revenues. Slap on a further 16,500 broadband punters adopted when Thus bought Your Communications and Legend Communications earlier this year, and Demon's broadband …
Tim Richardson, 19 Jun 2006
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DSG could offload The Link - report

DSG International could be about to offload its troubled mobile phone business to cellco O2. The Link is a joint venture between DSG (60 per cent) and O2 (40 per cent) and has been dogged by speculation about its future for months. The Guardian reports that an announcement could be made as early as this week when DSG - which …
Tim Richardson, 19 Jun 2006
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Consumers to flock to VoIP

The traditional home phone number could become a thing of the past as more and more people opt for fixed-mobile services and VoIP. That's according to analysts at Jupiter Research, who say location will cease to be important for either making or receiving telephone calls. Indeed, its research has found that three in ten …
Tim Richardson, 16 Jun 2006
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UK LLU hits half million

It's official - there are now half a million unbundled telephone lines in the UK and that number is growing by 20,000 new lines a week. So says BT Openreach - BT's access services division - which reckons the LLU market is beginning to mature. With nearly twenty operators providing unbundled services from almost 1,000 local …
Tim Richardson, 15 Jun 2006
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AOL mulls sale of European access business

AOL may be prepared to flog the internet access part of its business in Europe, but insists its whole operation is not up for sale. Comments made by chief exec Jonathan Miller yesterday have helped shed light on AOL's future strategy in Europe following the review of its business by bankers Citigroup. Speaking yesterday, …
Tim Richardson, 15 Jun 2006
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EU has rethink over roaming charges

The European Commission (EC) has watered down plans to force mobile operators in Europe to slash the cost of using a mobile phone abroad. The EC had wanted mobile users to be charged the same price for using their phone while abroad as they pay in their country of residence, according to proposals put forward by Commissioner …
Tim Richardson, 14 Jun 2006