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Mobile downloads limp, fixed surges: ABS

Australians might be buying as many 4G devices as they can get their hands on, but the uptake isn't being reflected in their download habits. The volume of data downloaded by Australians over mobile connections slid slightly between December 2012 and June 2013, while fixed line downloads continue to surge, according to the …
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Lower prices are BAD FOR CONSUMERS, says Turnbull

Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull has intervened in an Australian Consumer And Competition Commission (ACCC) inquiry, warning Australia's competition regulator not to cut the wholesale price of fixed line services. The letter, co-signed by finance minister Matthias Cormann, warns the ACCC that varying the price of Telstra …
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The seven nations where SIM CARDS outnumber PEOPLE

The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development's (OECD's) latest broadband statistics update reports that about 72 per cent of the group's residents now have access to broadband. Startlingly, the data also reports that seven nations - Finland, Australia, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, Korea and the United States – now have …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jul 2014
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O2 gets into fixed line with BT

O2 will start offering business customers fixed line telecoms services from October. Ben Dowd, business sales director at O2, said both small businesses and larger corporates were moving towards integrated services and joined up systems. He said many firms do not want the hassle of dealing with lots of different suppliers. He …
John Oates, 16 Sep 2009

Rival BT sics ad watchdog on EE: ASA growls at 'most reliable broadband' claim

BT has successfully shot down EE's claim in a direct mail ad that it offered "Britain's most reliable broadband for staying connected". The telecoms giant convinced Blighty's advertising watchdog that EE had misled customers in three different ways. BT argued to the Advertising Standards Authority that EE had failed to …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 May 2014
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NBN to expand wireless, rejig satellites, spend more

There's to be a shake-up in satellite and fixed wireless rollouts of Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), with the “last seven per cent” of users incapable of being served by some kind of wire to be rebalanced between the two services, and 25,000 premises added to the yet-to-be-commenced fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) network …

Huawei prez: A one-speed internet is bad for everyone

Western regulations like the mooted US changes enforcing “net neutrality” will hold back internet development for consumers, Huawei President and board member Ryan Ding told us today. Ding said it was absurd to have a put up with one-speed slow, dumb networks when different consumers and applications had different requirements …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Sep 2014

US 911 service needs emergency upgrade and some basic security against scumbags

The US emergency response system is in urgent need of better security as it’s surprisingly easy to disable or spoof 911 calls. In a talk at Defcon 22 two doctors (who are also hackers) and a security consultant presented research into the emergency response system and how calls via fixed line, mobile phones and VoIP are routed. …
Iain Thomson, 11 Aug 2014

Think ahead when bringing mobiles into your small business

This article is sponsored by EE. When a business, no matter how small, works out its mobile strategy, it is important for it to pay due attention to what the future might hold. It is no good making an investment in mobile technology and then equipping staff with devices that will no longer do the job in 18 months’ time. …
David Gordon, 15 Oct 2014
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BSkyB slurps Murdoch's Italian and German Sky assets to beef up European pay-TV biz

BSkyB is pursing a bold pay-TV strategy in Europe with the unsurprising buyout today of 21st Century Fox's 100 per cent stake in Sky Italia and 57.4 per cent interest in Sky Deutschland. It told the City this morning that it would pay £2.45bn to acquire Sky Italia from media mogul Rupert Murdoch's company, which has a 39 per …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Jul 2014

ACCC told cable nets should offer wholesale

A submission to the ACCC's fixed line services declaration review has re-ignited an ancient debate about whether the regulator should pry open Telstra's and Optus' HFC cables. While there's no technical reason wholesale broadband services can't be offered over HFC, retailer interest has been so muted that the competition …

Mexican watchdog sinks teeth into Carlos Slim over 'market fixing'

The world’s second richest human, Carlos Slim, is being confronted by Mexico’s recently reformed and renamed telecoms regulator Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (Ifetel). His fixed line incumbent operator, Telmex, stands accused of breaching local monopoly rules through close collaboration with pay TV operator Dish Mexico …
Faultline, 08 Jul 2014
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Government report: average Oz user will want 15 Mbps by 2023

With the launch of the report, communications minister Malcolm Turnbull seems to have taken a more generous view of the predictability of the future. In April 2013, Turnbull scorned predictions five to ten years in the future were uncertain, adding that he was ““knowledgeable enough and modest enough to know that you can't …
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THREE BILLIONTH person to come online in early 2015

Sometime in the first weeks of 2015, someone will become the three-billionth person to connect to the internet. So says the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), which on Monday emitted a new batch of statistics about how humanity connects. Person three-billion will probably be in what the ITU calls, but does not offer …
Simon Sharwood, 06 May 2014

BT slapped down by BSkyB over O2 broadband 'switch off' porkies

A BT direct mail advertising campaign spectacularly backfired on the telco after it claimed BSkyB would switch off O2 users' broadband. Sky bought the consumer broadband and fixed-line biz of Telefónica UK-owned O2 in March last year. The telecoms giant had claimed in a shouty flyer posted through Brits' letterboxes that BSkyB …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Jul 2014

Brit giant Daisy stuffs face with treats, but she ain't piling on ££££££s

Telecoms provider Daisy Group forked out tens of millions of pounds on acquisitions in fiscal 2014 – only to see its top line stagnate as organic growth fell off a cliff in its legacy calls business. Operating losses have widened and debts mounted. The British biz spent £35.3m on four buys: £7.5m to pick up two of 2e2's data …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jun 2014
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Telstra 'snot boxes' challenge Turnbull's FTTN plan

Rain has been a problem for my fixed line for years. There have been other exciting ventures in broadband fail over the years, such as when a contractor set fire to a large Telstra pit and cut off 20 homes for three weeks, but rain has been the constant niggle. It most recently came to a head last weekend – March 1 – when …

Losses widen but Daisy Group plans to keep wolfing down companies

Daisy Group may be stepping ever closer to being one of the most hefty comms and tech services outfits in the UK mid-market but all that is just hubris if it can't turn a profit, and seemingly it cannot. Sales slipped 2.35 per cent to £173.1m in the first half of fiscal '14 ended 30 September, but one-off costs pushed up …
Paul Kunert, 03 Dec 2013
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O2 and 'leccy firm's MNVO bid flops as £25m glugs down the drain

A new mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) planned by Scottish and Southern Energy has been switched off. The plan, as reported by Mobile magazine, was for the network to run on O2's infrastructure and use SSE’s customer base of 9.6 million customers. Two hundred thousand of those customers already have broadband and fixed …
Simon Rockman, 07 Jul 2014
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Vodafone eyes fixed line service

Vodafone is looking to branch out into the fixed line world to offer voice and broadband products alongside its own mobile services, The Business reports. According to an interview with Vodafone boss Arun Sarin, it seems likely the telco will resell wholesale voice and broadband services rather than buy a service provider. It …
Tim Richardson, 20 Mar 2006
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BT Mobile inks network deal with EE, dumps Vodafone

BT Mobile will be switching from Vodafone's network to EE's, pushing aggressively back into the mobile space it departed when it sold off Cellnet in 2002. There aren't many details available on the move yet, apart from the fact that EE has been selected from a number of various possible suppliers (three, at an informed guess) …
Bill Ray, 10 Oct 2013
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Save Mexico: Stop druglords, violence ... and that DRATTED MOBILE DUOPOLY

Mexico's government was told that next to the country’s endemic level of organised crime and associated violence fuelled by the drug trade, its mobile duopoly was one of the major hindrances to its economic growth. So it decided to act against both. Mexico’s sensational growth in pay TV and telecoms has been distributed largely …
Faultline, 17 Mar 2014
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AT&T plays Game of Thrones: Every bit as ruthless as HBO version

There is that great promotional line in the first season of Game of Thrones which goes, “In the game of thrones, you either win or you die.” Well, it applies just as much to the Game of the ever-converging, ever-thrilling US telecommunications and network market. With the news this week leaking out that Softbank has more or less …
Faultline, 23 Jun 2014

Facebook claims 100 MEEELLION active users in India

Who needs China? Facebook this week announced that its active user base in India passed 100 million – the first country to do so since the US of A. The Social Network's VP of “growth”, Javier Olivan, said that the social network would now work with the mobile industry to nudge that figure up to one billion, according to local …
Phil Muncaster, 10 Apr 2014
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O2 explores fixed line options

Mobile outfit O2 - which was snapped up by Spanish telco Telefonica for £18bn last year - has confirmed it is chewing over the idea of entering the fixed line telecoms market in the UK. Earlier this month, it was reported that O2 was sniffing around Bulldog - the LLU operator owned by Cable & Wireless (C&W) - and Tiscali UK, as …
Tim Richardson, 12 May 2006
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Yet another business advisor told Labor NBN was a dud: reports

Another shot has been fired in an election campaign that has so far continued more than sixty days beyond the conclusion of the ballot, with Australia's new communications minister Malcolm Turnbull calling on the former government to publish a report it received in 2010. The basis of the demand is a leak via News Limited, which …

EE wireless keeps small businesses on the move

This article is sponsored by EE. Wireless connectivity has changed beyond all recognition in the last few years. Today you can access the internet wirelessly just about anywhere above the ground – and in an ever increasing number of places below ground too, it seems. We are seeing broadband on the move match the sophistication …
David Gordon, 10 Oct 2014
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KPN trades fixed line for IP telephony

Dutch telco KPN joins BT by turning off its public switched telephone network (PSTN) in less than three years. Eelco Blok, the CEO of KPN's fixed network, told German magazine WirtsschaftsWoche it will abandon its 100 year-old fixed line network in 2010 in favor of IP telephony. By ripping out its legacy networks, including …
Jan Libbenga, 06 Feb 2007
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Orange offers SMEs fixed line phone service

Orange is to offer fixed line phone services to business users in the UK, the France Telecom owned mobile operator announced today. Piggybacking on Cable & Wireless' (C&W) network, Orange Landline for Business will provide fixed line services with call charges up to 20 per cent cheaper than BT. Based on Wholesale Line Rental ( …
Tim Richardson, 24 Feb 2006

BSkyB profit knocked by BT footie struggle and O2 broadband costs

BSkyB has felt the pinch from huge operating costs as it continues to battle with its pay-TV archrival BT and absorbs the buyout of O2's consumer broadband network. The giant media firm reported a jump in total revenue of £1.84bn for its first quarter this morning - up 7 per cent from £1.71bn in the same quarter a year ago. It …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Oct 2013
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China: Forget running water, bumpkins. Have some lovely broadband

The Chinese government has pledged to provide nationwide broadband coverage by 2020, an ambitious goal which should see significant extra investment in all kinds of networks, both wired and wireless, in order to reach the country’s vast rural areas. This will almost certainly change the global supply ecosystem for all types of …
Faultline, 30 Aug 2013

Tough luck, bumpkins! Blighty broadband speed gap misery worsens

Speedy broadband networks in cities continue to infuriate country bumpkins who are running out of patience with their painfully slow internet connections. Sadly, the gap between broadband speeds for urban dwellers and people living in the sticks is set to widen. Communications watchdog Ofcom said today the UK's average fixed- …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Aug 2013
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Telstra bets on a software future

Telstra has announced a new software unit it hopes will deliver revenue streams to help replace the doomed old-telco income from fixed line services – and to protect its mobile business against the threat posed by app businesses. The fixed line network, once a river of gold, is already under pressure from mobile and naked DSL …

Forget hackers - storms and snafus are bigger threat, say infosec bods

Cyber attacks caused fewer problems to communications networks than unrelated system failures and natural disasters, a study by an EU security agency has found. The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (‪ENISA‬) reports that the average duration of cyber attacks was four hours ‪whilst o‬utages due to nature …
John Leyden, 21 Aug 2013
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Caudwell to flog fixed line biz

Telecoms entrepreneur John Caudwell and the man behind phones 4u is looking to flog his fixed line telephone business after receiving "a number of approaches from third parties interested in acquiring Caudwell Communications". The sale of the business and its 600,000 punters could net Caudwell £100m, according to The Telegraph …
Tim Richardson, 21 Sep 2005

Daisy petals close around midge MoCo

Daisy Group has devoured Kent-based minnow MoCo Communications for an undisclosed sum to boost its challenged mobile distie operations. This is the third buy Daisy has made in the mobile airtime channel; it swallowed Anglia Telecom Centres in 2009; and Fone Logistics a year later. Founded in 1985, MoCo had operated as an …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jun 2013

Voice-babble-over-Wi-Fi lands in Europe – take that, mobe masties

The Netherlands is about to become a test-bed for Wi-Fi-first and Wi-Fi-only telephony services, as both Ziggo and UPC offer free downloadable apps to use a growing number of Wi-Fi spots for voice calls. Whether or not UPC Netherlands, which is the local Liberty Global subsidiary, and Ziggo – the largest Dutch cableco – ever get …
Faultline, 29 Apr 2014
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BT launches fixed-line SMS

BT has launched a range of phones that will allow people to send a receive text messages on their fixed telephone lines. The service will send texts to and from mobile phones and between fixed line phones. For those without SMS enabled handsets, BT will convert the text to speech. So far, Vodafone, T-Mobile BT Mobile and 3 have …
Lucy Sherriff, 05 Aug 2004

Ask yourself, AT&T: Do you really want a Latin American adventure?

The recent $48.5bn merger agreement between US telecoms giant AT&T and leading US satellite TV provider DirecTV is being seen as a trigger for yet more consolidation in the US, with everyone looking for natural fits between each of the lonely remaining players. As usual, everyone seems to be looking in the wrong places for …
Faultline, 27 May 2014
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Hate Skype now it's part of Microsoft? How about a Chinese clone, then?

Look out Skype; China Mobile has launched a new VoIP service in a bid to snag international users making or receiving calls from the People’s Republic. Launched by China Mobile International, the Hong Kong based subsidiary of the world’s largest operator, Jego is available free of charge to iOS and Android users. Any user …
Phil Muncaster, 21 Nov 2013
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Telstra offers cash in flaming exchange afternath

Telstra has announced new compensation plans for beleaguered customers affected by a fire that swept through a telephone exchange in Warrnabool last month. Services in the area remain disrupted. In the latest update Telstra said that there now fewer than 3,000 fixed line services and under 1,000 internet services remaining to be …
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Pipex buys Caudwell's fixed line phone biz

Pipex has bought fixed line business Homecall from telecoms tycoon John Caudwell adding more than 500,000 phone punters to its existing customer base. Coupled with its existing broadband, voice and hosting business Pipex now has more than a million punters giving it ample opportunity to sell multiple services to its expanding …
Tim Richardson, 23 Mar 2006
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Recession-battered Europeans still squeezing Vodafone's pips

Mobile operator Vodafone is still feeling the recession's squeeze in Europe as it posted another drop in revenues for the quarter ending last month. The British group said its service revenue, including joint ventures, for the quarter was £10.155bn, down 3.5 per cent year on year following a 4.2 per cent slip in the previous …
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Turnbull leaves Australia's broadband blackspots in the dark

Australians without broadband are no closer to being able to understand when, or if, the nation's National Broadband Network (NBN) will make fast data connections available, after Australia's Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull issued a new Statement of Expectations document to NBN Co, the entity charged with building the …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Apr 2014

ASA slaps down BT over 'misleading' broadband claims

Those toothless tigers gummy stripy cats at the Advertising Standards Agency have given BT a talking to over "misleading" claims about overall broadband speeds, outpacing packages from both Sky and TalkTalk. The Brit telco made an ad headed "Official", claiming it could "Superpower your broadband". It contained a cartoon man …
Paul Kunert, 04 Dec 2013
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Brit biz-gobbling comms giant Daisy Group splutters with indigestion

Biz broadband and comms giant Daisy Group has faced a challenging 12 months as its operating losses widened and organic growth stalled. In its financial year to 31 March 2013, the company-gobbling Lancashire-headquartered firm recorded revenues of £351.5m - up less than one per cent on the previous year. It also completed two …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jun 2013
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BT unveils fixed-mobile combo

BT has taken a sideswipe at Orange as it looks to poach more punters in the lucrative small biz market. Last month, cellco Orange announced plans to offer fixed line phone services to business users in the UK. Piggybacking on Cable & Wireless' (C&W) network, the France Telecom-owned business said its Landline for Business …
Tim Richardson, 17 Mar 2006
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Malcolm Turnbull throws a bone to FTTP boosters

Australia's communications minister Malcolm Turnbull has today given an interview to TV show Meet the Press in which he appears to have softened his line on fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) connections for the National Broadband Network (NBN). The transcript of the interview can be found here and the most interesting bit is the …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Nov 2013

Ofcom launches idiot's guide to traffic-shaping

UK net regulator Ofcom has published an idiots' guide to traffic shaping to try to encourage people to see how wonderful it is ahead of the inevitable battle over net neutrality. Starting with a history of the internet, the document (PDF, as silly as it sounds) explains that in the early days there wasn't any congestion – …
Bill Ray, 04 Sep 2013
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O2 refuses to deny plans to offload home broadband product

UK telecoms provider O2 has refused to deny that it is planning to offload its fixed line home broadband product later this year. According to a source close to the situation, O2 - which is currently undergoing an upgrade of its broadband service over to a single core network - is mulling over a sale of its local-loop unbundling …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Jan 2013