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Telecom NZ execs visit BT

Execs from Telecom New Zealand (Telecom) visited BT and Ofcom last month to see what measures have been undertaken to improve telecoms competition in the UK. Industry onlookers reckon the visit shows that that Telecom is considering the idea of splitting its wholesale and retail businesses to head off criticism from its own …
Tim Richardson, 13 Jun 2006

IXEurope spends £15m on new London datacentre

IXEurope is to splash out around £15m to build a new datacentre in West London. The London Stock Exchange listed datacentre outfit said that once up and running next year, the "London4" centre will be IXEurope's fourth and largest datacentre in London. The site will offer roughly 6,500 square meters, with most of the £15m …
Tim Richardson, 13 Jun 2006
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Carphone loses broadband price cut battle

The Carphone Warehouse has failed in its bid to force BT to slash the cost of migrating fully unbundled broadband lines in bulk. The decision by Ofcom means that Carphone will have to shell out more cash to migrate each fully unbundled line than it had hoped, adding to its overheads. Earlier this year, Opal Telecom (part of …
Tim Richardson, 13 Jun 2006
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BT and Sky in chase for AOL UK - report

BSkyB and BT are reportedly close to making a bid for AOL UK although both firms are understood to be unhappy at the £1bn price tag. The Sunday Times reports that the deadline for offers could be as early as this week after AOL UK parent Time Warner called in bankers Citigroup to conduct a strategic review of its European …
Tim Richardson, 12 Jun 2006
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C&W moves to reassure wholesale resellers

Cable & Wireless (C&W) has apologised to some 200 reseller partners after sending out an email yesterday telling them that its Bulldog ISP would not be taking on any new residential or business customers. The email told of C&W's plans to pull out of residential broadband and instead concentrate on the provision of wholesale …
Tim Richardson, 09 Jun 2006
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BT confirms engineer visits to install broadband

BT has confirmed that customers will be able to book an engineer to visit their homes and businesses to install their BT Broadband connection. As reported by The Register last month, the engineer visit service is currently being trialled and is due to be launched later this summer. As part of the Home IT Visit service, punters …
Tim Richardson, 09 Jun 2006
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Music fans warned about buying gig tickets online

A consumer watchdog is warning music fans to take care when buying tickets online for music festivals and other events. Consumer Direct, the government's consumer advice service run by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), says punters have fewer rights when they buy privately and getting their money back when things go wrong can …
Tim Richardson, 09 Jun 2006
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C&W sets sights on one million wholesale LLU lines

Cable & Wireless (C&W) plans to supply one million unbundled broadband lines over the next couple of years as it changes tack to provide wholesale DSL. There are currently some 500,000 unbundled lines in the UK but that figure could hit more than two million this year according to some industry estimates. And while ISPs can …
Tim Richardson, 09 Jun 2006
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Times TV goes live

The Times has turned on its new online TV and video service backed by a "six-figure" deal with exclusive sponsor Cisco. A string of video clips including world news, business, sport and entertainment are available from content providers such as Reuters, punctuated by TV commercials. The newspaper - part of Rupert Murdoch's …
Tim Richardson, 08 Jun 2006
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Carphone keeps 'close eye' on AOL UK

The Carphone Warehouse has been named as a possible suitor for AOL UK should a strategic review of the ISP conclude that the business should be sold. The Times quoted Carphone boss Charles Dunstone saying he would be keeping a "close eye" on the sale of the AOL business, although he added that he felt "no pressure" to grow his …
Tim Richardson, 08 Jun 2006
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C&W pulls out of residential broadband

Cable & Wireless (C&W) is pulling out of the residential broadband market to concentrate instead on wholesale internet services. From 1 July, Bulldog will stop trying to sign up new punters although it insists that current customers will be supported, parent telco C&W announced today. In an email to customers this morning, …
Tim Richardson, 08 Jun 2006
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Openreach cuts wholesale broadband charges

BT has cut the cost of migrating end users onto unbundled networks in a move designed to give LLU yet another shot in the arm. Openreach - BT's standalone access services division set up earlier this year - said the new pricing would make it cheaper for local loop unbundling (LLU) operators to move their customers from BT …
Tim Richardson, 07 Jun 2006
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Tiscali pulls Juke Box music service

Tiscali says it has been forced to "turn off" its new Juke Box music service following a run-in with the European music industry. Last month, the European ISP unveiled details of its new p2p music service backed by US outfit Mercora, which lets people legally search for millions of tracks and share them using streaming …
Tim Richardson, 07 Jun 2006
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Times to flick switch on net TV

The Times is to launch an internet TV service later this week as part of a strategy to branch out into online and mobile content. Details of the venture, called Times TV, have yet to be revealed but Reuters reports that content would be provided by a number of different partners. The whole shebang is being sponsored by Cisco. …
Tim Richardson, 06 Jun 2006
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VoIP firm backs 'virtual' yacht race

A yachtswoman is acting out a bizarre "virtual" solo transatlantic voyage on a 40-foot racing trimaran - while being firmly anchored in the courtyard of Chelsea College of Art in London. Lia Ditton, 25, may already be an accomplished yachtswoman having already competed two transatlantic crossings, but she's also a performance …
Tim Richardson, 06 Jun 2006
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Carphone overwhelmed by 'free broadband' interest

The Carphone Warehouse has been blown away by the response to its "free broadband forever" promotion with demand for the bundled product exceeding its own forecasts. TalkTalk - Carphone's retail phone business - only launched its bundled offer of line rental, calls and broadband for £21 a month in April. Since then, some 340, …
Tim Richardson, 06 Jun 2006
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Line unbundling nears 500,000 milestone

Almost half a million phone lines have been unbundled in the UK as take-up of local loop unbundling (LLU) continues to accelerate. The latest monthly report from the Office of the Telecommunications Adjudicator (OTA) reveals that the number of unbundled lines is now more than 471,000 with numbers growing each week. While the …
Tim Richardson, 05 Jun 2006
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Voda dogged by reports of shareholder revolt

Vodafone chief exec Arun Sarin is facing a challenge from some of the firm's biggest institutional shareholders who are concerned about boardroom splits at the top of the giant cellco. The Sunday Times reports that the shareholders plan to lobby other investors to back an "owners revolt" that could unseat Sarin and three or …
Tim Richardson, 05 Jun 2006
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Changing BT makes 'good start'

BT has made "a good start" meeting new regulatory obligations to provide the UK telecoms industry with equal access to its network. So says the Equality of Access Board (EAB), an independent body set up last year to monitor and scrutinise BT's organisation and to ensure that the incumbent telco meets 230 legally binding …
Tim Richardson, 01 Jun 2006
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AOL Europe COO refuses job switch

AOL Europe chief operating officer (COO) Stan Laurent is rumoured to have resigned amidst a row over the future direction of the internet giant. Staff were told last week that Laurent had decided not to take the top job in charge of AOL Europe's "Audience" operation, which looks after areas such as content and advertising. But …
Tim Richardson, 31 May 2006
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PlusNet slips out 'basic' broadband

PlusNet has slipped out a new entry level broadband product for a tenner a month. Its "Basic" product offers speeds of up to 8 meg but is aimed at people currently on a dial-up service, or those with no net access at all. For £9.99 a month, subscribers get 50 meg of usage. Additional time online can be purchased for 0.024p per …
Tim Richardson, 31 May 2006
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Orange confirms 'free' broadband giveaway

Orange has confirmed it will give "free" broadband to its mobile phone subscribers, ending weeks of hype and speculation. The France Telecom-owned cellco's offer is part of a massive rebranding exercise that sees Wanadoo tossed to one side and the ISP business renamed Orange. Or, as the firm puts it: "Orange today achieves a …
Tim Richardson, 31 May 2006
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Orange France does Triple Play

Orange France is offering a new triple play package of broadband, TV and phone for under €30 (£20.50) a month, according to information buzzing around newsgroups and French websites. The offer of 1 meg broadband, TV and unlimited phone is expected to cost €29.90 a month, while a similar package offering 8 meg broadband is …
Tim Richardson, 30 May 2006
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Watch ads, get free calls says Virgin Mobile US

Virgin Mobile USA is giving hard-up youngsters the chance to make free phone calls in return for watching ads. The "yoof-oriented" cellco has hooked up with ad outfit Ultramercial to launch the ad-for-airtime service called "SugarMama". So far, Virgin Mobile USA - a joint venture between Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group and …
Tim Richardson, 30 May 2006
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BT dogged by Deutsche Telekom takeover talk

Shares in BT were down a smidgen today after weekend press speculation that the UK incumbent could be the takeover target of German giant Deutsche Telekom. Reports suggested that Deutsche Telekom was prepping a £25bn bid for BT with rumours fuelled still further by both firms' reluctance to comment. Now, though, The Telegraph …
Tim Richardson, 30 May 2006