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You, El Reg and a doctor walk into a Monopoly Pubcrawl chinwag

You've no doubt been enjoying El Reg's scintillating coverage of our magnificent 3G/4G data Monopoly pub crawl, so now's your chance to quiz GWS chief Dr Paul Carter on the whole shebang. On Friday 29 August, we held a live chat with the man himself, to explain the decisions that were made in testing and to look at some of the …
Simon Rockman, 25 Aug 2014
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Report: Beijing watchdog reckons chip-slinger Qualcomm has monopoly in China

Beijing’s anti-competition authority, currently midway through a probe of Qualcomm, has reportedly said it believes the chipmaker does have a monopoly in China. The chip giant has been under investigation by the National Development and Reform Commission for allegedly overcharging and abusing its market position in China, a …
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Keep monopoly or make network expensive, NBN Co warns

Australia doesn't need to revise its telecomms competition policy, says NBN Co – except if the policy is interpreted as allowing infrastructure-based competition to its national network. That's the conundrum the company building Australia's reduced-scope national broadband network has raised in its submission to the competition …
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China in MONOPOLY PROBE into Microsoft: Do not pass GO, do not collect 200 yuan

Chinese regulators have confirmed they are investigating Microsoft for possible breaches of anti-monopoly laws, following a series of surprise visits to Redmond's offices in cities across China on Monday. In a Chinese-language statement posted to its website on Tuesday (see robo-translation), China's State Administration for …
Neil McAllister, 29 Jul 2014

The Register Monopoly Pubcrawl Mobile Map: VODAFONE VICTOR in LONDON

Get a load of our fabtabulous interactive mobile Monopoly map - now complete with 3G/4G data results - right here If you think “data” is what you do with your girlfriend then move on, probably to another website: there is nothing to see here. But if you think mobile data in London is interesting you need to read this. Jasper …
Simon Rockman, 23 Aug 2014

The Register Monopoly Pubcrawl Mobile Map: VODAFONE WINS VOICE

Check out the Register's interactive mobile coverage Monopoly map (voice only for now) right here. While all the sexy stuff these days in mobile phones is web, apps and tweeting, voice calls are still the major thing people use mobile phones for. The Register and mobile network survey experts GWS took to the London streets to …
Simon Rockman, 22 Aug 2014
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Roll up for El Reg's 3G/4G MONOPOLY DATA PUB CRAWL

In January I was in the pub with Richard, an old school friend I hadn’t seen for 30 years and whom I was keen to impress. Then he asked one of those seemingly simple questions. “Simon,” he said. “You’ll know which 4G network I should be on”. Just 10 words but a whole heap of trouble. And like any good pub conversation, it led to …
Simon Rockman, 21 Aug 2014

David Cameron defends BT's taxpayer-funded broadband 'monopoly': It's a 'success story'

Prime Minister David Cameron has defended BT's command of the £1.2bn taxpayer-funded deployment of faster broadband access, claiming the one-time national telco had worked hard to make the two-year-late, competition-stifled scheme "a success story". He said during PMQs in Parliament on Wednesday that while it was right that BT …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Apr 2014
The Register breaking news

What a card: Brit boffin Alan Turing stars in Monopoly tribute set

He may not have made it onto the £10 banknote, but the face of WWII code-breaking hero Alan Turing now adorns the back of the silly money that's boxed into a new custom Monopoly set. The board, cards and pieces in the "Alan Turing edition" of Monopoly have been tweaked to tell the story of Turing's life, with the Utilities …
Anna Leach, 11 Sep 2012
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Chinese regulator pays to bust state internet monopoly

China’s broadcasting regulator is set to launch a new government-financed broadband and cable TV service provider with a mission to break the monopoly of the country’s three telecoms giants … all of which are also state-owned. The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) – which functions like a Chinese version …
Phil Muncaster, 19 Nov 2012
The Register breaking news

Everything Everywhere bags 4G monopoly in UK - for now

Everything Everywhere, the UK's largest mobile operator, will get a monopoly on 4G services in the UK, starting on 11 September and lasting at least until next year's spectrum mega-auction. EE, which owns the Orange and T-Mobile networks, has been lobbying hard for the decision, over which Ofcom has been faffing for nine months …
Bill Ray, 21 Aug 2012
The Register breaking news

Everything Everywhere's 4G monopoly stalled by Ofcom

Ofcom has extended the deadline for those responding to its proposal for Everything Everywhere to deploy 4G early, giving the competition more time to get its retaliation in. Responses were required by 17 April, but anyone who wants to have their say can now submit comments until 8 May. The proposal is to allow EE to deploy a 4G …
Bill Ray, 27 Mar 2012
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China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain

China's antitrust regulator has given Microsoft 20 days to hand over a written explanation of how the Windows OS works together with the bundled Office software suite as part of its probe into the firm’s alleged monopoly activities. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) said in a statement (translated by …
The Register breaking news

Sky Movies monopoly probe scrapped as rivals turn up

The Competition Commission has called off the attack dogs against Sky's movie business, for now. The regulator has revised its views following the entry of Amazon's LoveFilm and Netflix into the pay-movie market. A provisional decision made last August decreed that Sky had a monopoly on running movies first in the UK, which it …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 May 2012
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OUCH... right in the Androids! Google hit by another antitrust sueball

Google is facing a new antitrust class action lawsuit in the US over its "illegal monopoly" on internet and mobile search. Consumer rights law firm Hagens Berman said in a statement that the Chocolate Factory had "financially and creatively stagnated the American market of internet and mobile search" with its alleged monopoly …
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Qualcomm to get it from both sides? EU probe may be coming – report

Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm could be facing into an antitrust probe from the EU at the same time as it fends off a similar investigation in China, according to Reuters. Sources whispered to the news agency that the European Commission may be about to open up an official line of inquiry into a complaint made by Icera, an Nvidia …
Zhang Xinzhu

Chinese regulator fires antitrust advisor over alleged kickbacks from Qualcomm

A Chinese academic has been booted from a government antitrust advisory committee amid allegations he accepted payouts from Qualcomm in exchange for giving testimony favorable to the company in an ongoing monopoly probe. State-run media outlet China News Service reported on Wednesday that Zhang Xinzhu, director of the Research …
Neil McAllister, 13 Aug 2014
Monopoly testing

Vodafone calls for pan-European testing standards

Petek Ergul, head of networks at Vodafone, doesn't just have big plans for better mobile coverage. She claims Voda is actually rolling them out across the UK, with specific team working on “World Class London”. While The Register Monopoly Pub Crawl surveyed 28 locations in London, Ergul wants to see a pan-European standard. She …
Simon Rockman, 08 Sep 2014
The Register breaking news

Ofcom: High-speed hookups still a UK monopoly - except in London

In a cascade of acronyms Ofcom has proposed price caps on high-speed leased-line connections: but only outside London where competition is having a hard time getting a foothold. Ofcom's consultation argues that within the capital BT's dominance in leased connectivity is being successfully challenged, and by "the capital" Ofcom …
Bill Ray, 19 Jun 2012
The Register breaking news

Microsoft files monopoly complaint against Google

Microsoft has made a formal complaint against Google to the European Commission accusing the search and advertising giant of using various illegal methods to dominate the European search market. Brad Smith, Microsoft's general counsel, is likely best known to Reg readers for his role in protecting the software giant against …
John Oates, 31 Mar 2011

If you can't beat 'em: Intel seeking stake in Chinese chipmaker Spreadtrum – report

Ever eager to gain ground in the mobile chip market from such rivals as Broadcom and Qualcomm, Intel is reportedly considering a substantial investment in Chinese smartphone chipmaker Spreadtrum. Reuters reports that Chipzilla is close to announcing a deal with the firm, citing anonymous sources. No specific figures have been …
Neil McAllister, 26 Sep 2014
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Japan's rare earth discovery bad news for China's monopoly plans

Japan is celebrating the find of an “astronomically” high level of rare earth deposits at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, a discovery which will further undermine China’s failing attempts to control the global supply of the substances. The deposits, a vital component in the production of a range of high technology equipment …
Phil Muncaster, 25 Mar 2013
Air pollution in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, northeastern China, in October 2013

Microsoft boss Nadella makes fleeting visit to China for conciliatory competition talks

Microsoft's boss Satya Nadella reportedly visited Chinese antitrust officials in Beijing on Friday. At the start of this month, the software giant was given 20 days to submit written details to China's competition authorities explaining how the company's Windows operating system works together with its bundled Office suite. …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Sep 2014
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ACCC gives thumbs up to TPG's NBN fibre-to-the-basement raids

Australia's Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has to do nothing about junior telco TPG's plans to compete with the nation's government-mandated monopoly telephony network provider NBN Co, but is still pondering whether other telecoms retailers should be allowed to resell services running on TPG's infrastructure. TPG plans …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Sep 2014
The Register breaking news

Ofcom sets auction timetable: UK's 4G monopoly will end in June

Ofcom has drafted the legislation to open up two 4G bands next year, with bidders required to register by 11 December, the auction in January and the awards in June. The regulator published its proposals for the auction in August, but this is the proposed legislation which will make that auction happen. The final rules don't …
Bill Ray, 12 Nov 2012

Comcast: Help, help, FCC. Netflix and pals are EXTORTIONISTS

Comcast has branded Netflix, Discovery and others extortionists after they opposed the ISP's proposed merger with Time Warner Cable In a dossier to US watchdog the FCC [PDF], Comcast claimed companies lobbying against its merger are hoping to force it into making concessions that benefit them. Specifically, Comcast alleges …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Sep 2014
The Register breaking news

Google bolsters monopoly defence

Google has hired ex-state prosecutor Jeffrey Blattner who helped run the Department of Justice case against Microsoft. Microsoft faced a long battle with the DoJ and individual US states on various anti-trust charges. Following the settlement in 2002 it had to put up with government oversight of its business for several years. …
John Oates, 29 Jun 2011
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Harper review says ACCC telco functions need new regulator

The federal government is considering a competition review that suggests ditching the current telco competition regulator in favour of a new body. Key to the telecommunications reforms is the ACCC's more general role in regulating access to monopoly infrastructure, which also covers rail, ports and the like. In the …
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Coughing for 4G, getting 2G... Networks' penny-pinching SECRETS REVEALED

Top 4G? Shockingly, the team that completed the London commuter train connectivity study we covered yesterday has reported the use of half-rate codecs among UK mobile providers. Half-rate codecs were developed as an economy measure and their use shows penny-pinching on the part of the networks. According to the study, O2 used …
Simon Rockman, 15 Oct 2014

You folks probably don't have much to say on the Comcast-TWC merger ... FCC extends deadline for comments anyway

The FCC has extended the deadline for people wishing to send in comments on the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. The commission said on Friday that it would give the public until 29 October to file their opinions on the proposed $42.5bn deal between two of the largest cable providers in the country. The …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Oct 2014

Oracle accused of breaking US competition law over Solaris support

Oracle has been accused of unfair competition and of breaking US anti-trust laws over its Solaris support business. The claims are made in a counter-lawsuit lodged by Solaris fix-it company Terix, which had previously been dragged into court by Oracle for allegedly stealing the database giant's copyrighted code. The Terix suit …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Apr 2014

Apple rakes in 60% of profits in still-surging smartphone market

The global smartphone market continues to skyrocket, and Apple and its iPhone line continue to slurp up the lion's share of that market's profits despite holding a relatively small marketshare when compared to arch-competitor Samsung. Percentage of operating profit from mobile phones (globally, select vendors) Apple pulls in an …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Mar 2014
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BT customers face broadband and landline price hikes

BT's broadband and landline tariffs are set to balloon by more than 6 per cent, the one-time state monopoly has said. Customers are being told to expect prices to climb from December. It comes after rival Virgin Media informed its broadband-only subscribers of plans to jack up tariffs on its network. BT's price tags are set to …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Aug 2014
The Register breaking news

Achtung, Google! U2 boss blasts 'monopoly' for free-for-all

Music manager Paul McGuinness has previously used the annual MIDEM show to chastise ISPs – but this year it's the Chocolate Factory that has earned his ire. "Why are they not trying to solve the future in a more generous way?" he asked of Google. The quick answer is one you already know: Google remains a big fish in a small pond …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Jan 2012
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Sweaty palm time at Qualcomm after Beijing launches probe

Qualcomm is the latest US technology giant to find itself in trouble in China, having been placed under investigation in an anti-monopoly probe and suffering from the fallout over NSA spying revelations. The San-Diego-headquartered chipmaker put out a short release on Monday local time revealing that a probe had begun under the …
Phil Muncaster, 26 Nov 2013
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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

Well, Tim Cook has cried "havoc" and let slip the SIM dogs of war. For several years Apple has sought to replace the hardware SIM card, and hand itself ultimate control over which mobile network the consumer can choose. With the latest iPads, it has finally implemented the strategy. Coming soon to a device near you It’s a …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Oct 2014

Harvard boffins 'reverse-engineer' Chinese censorship

A group of researchers has stung China's censorship regime, building a “fake” social network to reverse-engineer the workings of the “great firewall”. The bulk of the work from the Harvard-led group was simpler – they used anonymous volunteers from inside China to create accounts on sanctioned social media sites, and compared …

Yes. Economists DO love MAGICAL, lovely HUMAN SELFISHNESS...

Over the weekend we were treated to the quite startling news that economists think that selfishness is just great. TheOtherHobbes had this to say in the comments section of a Reg opinion piece about consumerism: Economists actually believe – no really, they do – that if you allow people to be selfish then everything magically …
Tim Worstall, 08 Oct 2014

Disney and chums halt Comcast-TWC, AT&T-DirecTV weddings

US watchdog the FCC has hit the brakes while scrutinizing the proposed mergers of Comcast-Time Warner, and AT&T-DirecTV. On Wednesday, the comms industry monitor said [PDF] that its comment and review processes for the pair of mergers would be put on hold following pressure to publish the cable companies' contracts with TV …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Oct 2014
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Google Maps community competition falls foul of Indian regulations

Google has found itself in hot water in India, with the country's Central Bureau of Investigation launching a formal investigation into Google Maps for allegedly publishing the location of sensitive military bases. The problem arose because of a community competition held last year - Google's Mapathon 2013 - in which the …
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China hopes home-grown OS will oust Microsoft

The world's about to get a new operating system, if reports out of China are correct: the Middle Kingdom hopes to kick off its own operating system in October 2014. According to Xinhua, Ni Guangnan of the Chinese Academy of Engineering told local trade magazine People's Post and Telecommunications News the OS will first hit on …

'Theoretical' Nobel economics explain WHY the tech industry's such a damned mess

Jean Tirole was this year's Nobel Laureate in Economics* and what the prize was awarded (in part) for should interest people around here. Tirole's work has often been about how this tech industry of ours works and what the hell anyone should be doing to try and regulate it – if, indeed, it should be regulated at all. This is …
Tim Worstall, 15 Oct 2014

China: Microsoft, don't shy away from our probe

China's antitrust regulator has confirmed it met Microsoft's lawyers over its investigation into the US firm, warning it to abide by Chinese law and not to interfere with the probe. China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce said in a statement (translated by Google) that it had spoken with deputy general counsel …

US freezes Intel monopoly probe

Intel and the Federal Trade Commission look likely to reach an out-of-court settlement of competition charges brought against the chip giant. In late 2009 the FTC filed charges against Intel. It accused the company of illegally using its dominant market position to crush rivals like AMD and strengthen its monopoly. But …
John Oates, 22 Jun 2010
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Ericsson punts superfast picocell... for indoor not-spots

Ericsson is big on little cells. The new RBS 6402 is an indoor cell aimed at giving mobile coverage within what Ericsson calls “smaller buildings and venues”, but you might think of as still being pretty big – around 5,000 square metres. What makes it special is that it’s the first picocell to support carrier aggregation, which …
Simon Rockman, 09 Sep 2014
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MPs attack BT's 'monopolistic' grip on gov-subsidised £1.2bn rural broadband rollout

The UK government has completely screwed up the deployment of faster internet connections to Brits living in the countryside because it failed to properly address competition concerns as a result of its awarding all its broadband contracts to BT, politicians concluded today. MPs sitting on the public accounts committee published …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Apr 2014

Comcast to dump 3.9 MEEELLION subscribers to quell Time Warner merger antitrust fears

US telecoms giant Comcast is planning to sell 3.9 million customer subscriptions to rival Charter Communications in an effort to stem fears that its planned merger with Time Warner will create a monopoly. The firm said that it would conduct three transactions with Charter as part of an effort to reduce its overall share of the …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Apr 2014
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Who us, SHARE infrastructure? Networks reject gov proposal

A governmental proposal that would require the UK mobile phone networks to share infrastructure has been shot down in flames. The idea proposed by culture secretary Sajid Javid, which would remove any need for competition between the mobile networks on the basis of coverage, has been rejected as “unworkable” according to a …
Simon Rockman, 08 Sep 2014
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Sprint spits out T-Mobile US gobble bid, says goodbye to CEO – claim

Sprint is set to give up its attempt to acquire T-Mobile US and plans to replace its own CEO, or so it is claimed. The Wall Street Journal cited unnamed sources in reporting that fears monopoly watchdogs would nix the merger led US carrier Sprint to abandon its pursuit of T-Mob US. The deal was rumored to be worth as much as US$ …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Aug 2014

City council thinks what we're all thinking: 'Comcast is terrible – and NOT welcome here'

New England's second-largest city has hit out against a proposed deal that would take place should Comcast's acquisition of Time Warner Cable go through. The city council of Worcester has voted not to approve the transfer of its cable television and broadband services from Charter Communications to Comcast as part of an agreed …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Oct 2014