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China gets free pass from EU commish as telco probe dropped

The EU has decided to make friends with China despite earlier worries that it may have been giving an illegal boost to telco manufacturers. On Monday, the European Commission decided to drop an investigation into alleged illegal subsidies and dumping of telecommunications equipment by Chinese exporters. Following “intensive …
Jennifer Baker, 20 Oct 2014
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Euro Commission drags Belgium to court over telco regulator's independence

The European Commission is taking Belgium to court for not allowing its telco regulator enough independence. Under EU law, national telecoms regulators must be able to act independently without state interference, but Belgium has a law allowing the Belgian Council of Ministers to suspend the Belgian Institute for Postal Services …
Jennifer Baker, 16 Oct 2014
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10Gbps over crumbling COPPER: Boffins cram bits down telco wire

Bell Labs has pumped data faster than ever before down antiquated copper wiring. The boffins used a frequency modulation system that they claim will be perfect for hooking up aging telco cables to future broadband fiber networks. The technique is based on the G.fast standard being considered by the International …
Iain Thomson, 09 Jul 2014

New Snowden leak: US and Brit spooks 'tap into German telco networks to map end devices'

An NSA and GCHQ surveillance programme - dubbed Treasure Map - grants US and British spooks access to the networks of German telcos such as Deutsche Telekom, according to a new stash of leaked documents from Edward Snowden. Der Spiegel published the latest revelations today. However, Deutsche Telekom reportedly said it had found …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Sep 2014
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Turnover at the top in Oz telco-land as AAPT, Huawei, Optus, lose top brass

Two plush offices just became available in Australian telco-land, with the departure of C-level executives at AAPT, Optus and Huawei. The latter company has that current CEO Guo Fulin has been “promoted to a regional role within Huawei” in line with the company's “global practice of rotating senior executives through different …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Feb 2014
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BT's consumer mobe network suffers tech snags – but telco denies delay claims

BT's return to the consumer mobile market is reportedly being hampered by technical difficulties but the company has denied that the problems could force it to delay its plans. According to the Telegraph, which cited anonymous sources, BT is continuing to wrestle with carrying voice calls and data traffic over Wi-Fi networks. …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Oct 2014

Austrian telco trials G.fast as 'interim solution'

Telekom Austria is the latest outfit to trumpet the virtues of the yet-to-be-ratified G.fast standard, announcing that a deployment trial conducted with Alcatel-Lucent achieved speeds beyond 100 Mbps per household. The deployment trial covered multi-storey apartments covered by Telekom Austria subsidiary A1, with the carrier …
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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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Remember that tale of a fired accountant who blamed Comcast? It's kinda true, says telco

Comcast has publicly apologized to Conal O'Rourke, the accountant who claims he was fired for moaning about the ISP's lousy service. "What happened with Mr O'Rourke's service is completely unacceptable," said Charlie Herrin, Comcast's recently appointed VP of customer experience, in a company blog post. "Despite our attempts to …
Iain Thomson, 09 Oct 2014
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TalkTalk's commercial director WalkWalks away from telco

TalkTalk's outspoken commercial director David Goldie has resigned from the company's board after 14 years helping the business grow. He oversaw the telco's shift from Opal to Carphone Warehouse to TalkTalk. "As one of the main architects of TalkTalk, David has made an enormous contribution to TalkTalk and in fact to the …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Sep 2013
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If your telco or mobe provider hikes 'fixed' contract fees you can now ESCAPE - Ofcom

UK consumers who are locked into lengthy landline, broadband and mobile contracts have greater protection from being stung by price hikes starting from today, said communications watchdog Ofcom. If a telco or mobile carrier jacks up its price tag above the monthly subscription agreed when a consumer signed up to the contract, …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Jan 2014
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New Delhi accuses Huawei of nobbling ZTE kit at state-owned telco

Huawei is facing renewed scrutiny in India after the government confirmed it has set-up a cross-departmental team to investigate allegations the firm sabotaged the network of state-owned telco BSNL. Comms and IT minister T. Killi Kruparani told India’s lower house the Lok Sabah on Wednesday (via PTI): An incident about alleged …
Phil Muncaster, 06 Feb 2014

French telco vendors line up with government on 5G

A group of French telcos is warning that Europe could fall behind Asia in the race towards 5G, and has launched a joint effort to stave off the threat. “Club France”, reports Paris financial outlet Les Echos, is an Alcatel-Lucent-led effort whose members include Orange, Thales, LTE chip-maker Sequans Communications, and base …
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Fibre to YOUR premises NBN still on table pending telco talks

NBN Co's new roadmap, released yesterday, contained an interesting omission: no mention was made of a product offering domestic users the chance to pay for an optic fibre to be laid to their homes even if they live in an area where fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) will be built. The omission is interesting given Australia's …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Jul 2014
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Alca-Lu joins race to make telco networks more cloudy

Alcatel-Lucent has joined the growing list of telco vendors bowing to the inevitable and giving their kit a more cloudy flavour. The company has announced new versions of a slew of its mobile portfolio that break the nexus between the hardware that ships bits around and the software that controls it. It's a bowing to the …

Telco CenturyLink is moved to tiers: Biz gobbles Tier 3 cloud shop

Cloud provider Tier 3 has been snapped up by CenturyLink, fleshing out the telco's cloud portfolio and marking another sign of confidence in the Cloud Foundry platform technology. The acquisition was announced on Tuesday and gives CenturyLink a sturdy .NET implementation of the Cloud Foundry platform-as-a-service in the form of …
Jack Clark, 19 Nov 2013
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Wholesale telco IspONE goes titsup, Kogan mobile going dark

Wholesale telco ISPOne appointed administrators who have cancelled its contract to resell Telstra mobile connections and appointed administrators, leaving some of its wholesale customers without a network connection with which to serve their customers. ISPOne's been tottering for some time, but has tried to negotiate with …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Aug 2013

Oz telco results season! Telstra booms, Optus slides

Telstra continues to gorge on the Australian telecommunications market at the expense of its competitors, leaving Optus with a focus on squeezing efficiencies out of its operations to stay profitable. The incumbent and number-two carrier have both announced financial results today, telling starkly different stories. Telstra's …
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French telco takes on US rival Netflix... with whose dongle?

There were never going to be any prizes for guessing that the first user for Chromecast rival “Cast”, introduced by SoftAtHome in March, is likely to be Orange France Telecom. SoftAtHome's dongle was put together around the integration requirements for Orange’s IPTV service, integrating set top chips and software. So when we …
Faultline, 14 Jul 2014
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BT 118 phone number fee howler lands telco giant with £225k fine

BT has been slapped with a £225,000 fine from Blighty's premium-rate phone line watchdog, after it failed to provide correct pricing details for its 118 500 directory enquiries number. Some of the 27 complainants, who took their gripes to PhonePayPlus (which previously rejoiced in the catchy name of “Independent Committee for …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Jan 2014
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Kiwi telco Two Degrees to roll out 4G in 2014

Junior New Zealand telco Two Degrees Mobile is getting ready to roll out 4G, with deployment to start in 2014. The decision to launch into the 4G market follows confirmation of a funding facility from the Bank of New Zealand, worth $NA165 million. Chinese vendor Huawei, which built its current 3G network. The BNZ funding will …
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BT FON fail: Telco CHARGES customers for FREE Wi-Fi usage

Telecoms giant BT has admitted charging a number of customers for the traffic racked up by its FON services, which uses a portion of each customer's Wi-Fi connection to provide hotspots accessible to the public. A few weeks ago The Register reported that bungling cops in the grim north of England didn't understand the idea …
Jasper Hamill, 06 Aug 2014

Rip up telco red-tape so they can take on Viber, WhatsApp, says Brazil

Brazil's communications minister says the country is looking at a new telecommunications regulatory regime, to take into account the rise of services like Viber and WhatsApp. Speaking at Mobile World Congress, minister Paulo Bernardo said the quality-of-service requirements placed on incumbents (Telefonica, Embratel and Hi) is …

Mid East undersea fibre telco hacked: US, UK spooks in spotlight

Belgian telco Belgacom - which operates vital undersea communications cables - says its internal network was compromised, possibly by foreign spooks. Phone and data connections from international hot spots, such as Syria and Yemen, pass through submarine fibre lines handled by Belgacom International Carrier Services (BICS). …
John Leyden, 17 Sep 2013
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Australian telco tests broadcasts within 4G network

Australia's dominant telco, Telstra, has set free a flurry of excitement by announcing trials of LTE-Broadcast in its network, in conjunction with Ericsson. The idea is to save on expensive network for content being accessed by large numbers of users at the same time. Examples of such content, Telstra says, include video content …
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FIVE DAY tech job interviews on trial at Oz telco Telstra

Australia's dominant telco, Telstra, has revealed that it's trying out job interviews that run for five days. At the Agile Australia conference in Sydney yesterday, Telstra CIO Patrick Eltridge told his interlocutor in a Q&A session attended by IT News that the company has conducted six such interviews so far, resulting in three …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jun 2013
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US telco titan Verizon floats storage clouds over Himalaya

It looks like Verizon is parking its storage atop the cloudy peaks of Amplidata’s Himalaya object storage architecture. Amplidata, an object storage startup, says: “With Himalaya, users can easily store and manage zettabytes of data and trillions of stored objects, all under one global namespace using Intel-based commercial off …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jun 2014
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Guess which major US telco ISN'T cracking down on premium SMS spam?

AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile have agreed to stop charging their customers for premium text messages (PSMS), a practice that costs US folks an estimated $2bn in excess charges a year. The ban isn't total – Verizon isn't stopping the practice because it says it is still in the process of winding down its PSMS service. But it's not a …
Iain Thomson, 23 Nov 2013

Apple kingpin springs to Beijing, pings telco kings: Flog our iPhone things

Apple chief Tim Cook has been doing the rounds in China with national telcos, drumming up interest in carrying iPhones and iPads to the country's massive mobile market. Cook met China Mobile chairman Xi Guohua in Beijing to "discuss matters of cooperation", Reuters and Bloomberg reported. The world's largest mobile carrier by …
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Brit telco flagship BT joins blockade of Pirate Bay

BT has glued shut conventional access to The Pirate Bay in the UK, which means all the major ISPs in Blighty have now complied with a High Court judge's order to block thepiratebay.se from their networks. Virgin Media was the first to comply with the order and O2-owner Telefonica, TalkTalk, Everything Everywhere and BSkyB all …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Jun 2012
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Oracle grabs Tekelec for telco assault

Oracle has added another network-focused tech company to its business as Ellison & Co. try to takeover the IT stacks of telecommunications companies. The acquisition of Tekelec was announced on Monday, and follows Oracle buying unified communications specialists Acme Packet for $2.1bn in early February. Oracle will add Tekelec' …
Jack Clark, 25 Mar 2013
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Somebody give BT a brolly: National telco blames RAIN for its pain

BT took a revenues pummeling during its second quarter ended 30 September by posting a 9 per cent decline to £4.47bn this morning. The national telco blamed the recession, regulation and even rain for its drop in sales during the three-month period. Apparently bad weather has meant a lot of expensive repairs. BT said pre-tax …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Nov 2012
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Orange France hacked AGAIN, 1.3 million victims seeing red

Personal data describing 1.3 million customers of Orange France has been stolen in the second hack to hit the telco this year. Hackers made off with subscriber names, dates of birth and phone numbers of about 4.9 percent of the telco's subscriber base. The company said hackers accessed data used for its email and SMS marketing …
Darren Pauli, 08 May 2014
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Nordic telco CEO strolls in aftermath of Uzbek spectrum doodah

Lars Nyberg resigned as CEO of TeliaSonera, the main telco of Sweden and Finland, following accusations that he and the board failed to properly investigate the Uzbekistani business with whom TeleSonera worked when expanding into that country. Nordic lawyers Mannheimer Swartling carried out the investigation, at TeliaSonera's …
Bill Ray, 04 Feb 2013
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Irish national telco gets 100 days to escape €4bn debt hell

The Irish courts have stepped in to protect the country's largest telco from creditors after the firm careered €4bn into debt. A judge yesterday granted Eircom 100 days' grace to restructure its balance-sheet busting debts. This is the biggest such move in Irish corporate history. Eircom, the country's biggest broadband, …
Anna Leach, 19 Apr 2012
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Fujitsu inks £50m deal to lay 'gigabit' cable for telco CityFibre

Fujitsu has inked an engineering deal worth £50m with CityFibre Holdings to roll out cabling on behalf of the telco. The Japanese tech giant previously worked with CityFibre to help it build a 103km (64-mile) fibre optic network around the City of York. CityFibre said in November last year that it was splashing up to £500m on …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 May 2012

Déjà vu: Virgin Media jacks up broadband prices

Virgin Media is once again hiking up the price of its broadband service, while at the same time championing its cable network. The telco has begun telling subscribers who are only signed up to Virgin Media's broadband offering that their bills will increase by £1.50 a month from October this year. It comes after the company, …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Aug 2014
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AT&T to fork out less than two days' profit in bogus bill charge flap

AT&T has been ordered to cough up $105m by US trade watchdog the FTC after allowing miscreants to whack bogus charges on Americans' cellphone bills. The commission said the telco giant would be on the hook for $80m in refunds to customers, and an additional $25m in fines and penalties to settle claims that it allowed third …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Oct 2014
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Facebook VOICE is what telco barons should fear - not a Zuckermobe

Facebook disappointed anyone expecting the unveiling of a "Facebook phone" last week - including me. But device manufacturers and mobile operators should watch their backs: it's barely the start of what the social-networking website can achieve. As a thought experiment, put yourself in Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg's Adidas …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Apr 2013
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Oz telco competition still lagging

The Competitive Carriers Coalition, lobby for non-Telstra telecommunications companies in Australia, is concerned that competition reform in Australia is losing steam. Releasing a study into the state of competition in the Australian market, the CCC had a long list of measures by which it says Australia's telecommunications …
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Australian telco in $20m robot moon shot bid

Australian telecommunications and satellite communications company PlusComms has emerged as a key partner in a space consortium planning to send a robotic spacecraft to the moon. PlusComms, which is backed by telco industry stalwart Robert Brand, is part of Team Stellar one of the teams competing for the Google Lunar X Prize. …
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GSMA politely asks Uzbekistan to free locked-up telco bods

Mobile industry body GSMA has written to Uzbekistan's president in hope of resolving the country's tiff with Russian-owned operator MTS, a dispute that cut off punters and led to the "interrogation" of staff. MTS had its Uzbekistan licence revoked in July after five employees were cuffed on suspicion of committing a variety of …
Bill Ray, 06 Sep 2012

Orange unleashes API assets, hires San Fran firm to lure in devs

Orange has released a bunch of APIs into the world and has inked a deal with some Bay Area tech types to help convince developers on the idea of building mobile and web applications using Orange core networks and services. Apigee’s digital platform will power the APIs for Orange Partner, the telco's biz hub for developers, …
Simon Rockman, 18 Jul 2014
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Latest Snowden reveal: It was GCHQ that hacked Belgian telco giant

Leaked documents provide evidence that GCHQ planted malware in the systems of Belgacom, the largest telecommunications company in Belgium. According to slides obtained by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and supplied to German newspaper Der Spiegel , the attack targeted several Belgacom employees and involved planting an attack …
John Leyden, 20 Sep 2013
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TalkTalk talks itself into trouble with budget broadband package fibs

TalkTalk has been admonished for misleading customers with claims that it offered "Britain's lowest priced totally unlimited broadband". BT and another complainant challenged three separate issues with a series of adverts in the press and online that wrongly suggested that the budget telco had cheaper deals than its competitors …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Jul 2014
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France demands Skype register as telco

The French telecommunications regulator ARCEP has turned a critical eye on Microsoft's Skype and decided – more than a decade after the service was created – that it should register as a communications operator. ARCEP believes the service is eluding “the duties and obligations” of a telecommunications operator, and according to …

Level 3 gobbles rival TW Telecom in $5.7bn deal (that's 5 Instagrams)

Internet backbone provider Level 3 has bought its competitor TW Telecom in a cash and stock mega-deal valued at $40.86 per share. The planned $5.7bn merger, if waved through by US regulators and shareholders, would further consolidate the telco market stateside. "We believe this is a financially compelling and very strategic …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Jun 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

China tops global telco service study

Asian telcos came out top in a new global study of the prepaid mobile market by KPMG designed to find the best customer experience in-store and over-the-phone, with the UK, US and Australia all placing disappointingly outside the top ten. The In Search of a Better Customer Experience study (PDF) rated 106 mobile providers across …
Phil Muncaster, 24 Jul 2013

FireEye, Singtel pull on SOCs in Sydney and Singapore

Telco and security giants SingTel and FireEye have injected $US50 million to establish two security operations centres (SOCs) in Sydney and Singapore as part of a new deal between the two companies to offer managed security services. The SOCs will run out of SingTel's network operation centre (NOCs) to leverage the telcos' …
Darren Pauli, 07 Oct 2014