Articles about Telco

Telco Orange to open bank next month

MWC Frenchie telco Orange is reinventing itself as a bank next month, with plans to offset lacklustre revenue by branching out into the rest of Europe and possibly the UK. Speaking at Mobile World Congress, Benedicte Javelot, head of group strategy at Orange, said: "We will be launching Orange Bank in few weeks, which will be …
Kat Hall, 27 Feb 2017
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For telcos and enterprise vendors, MWC 2017 will be an Edge/Fog/SDN/NFV-fest

Mobile World Congress kicks off next week in Barcelona and, as ever, is two shows in one. Gadget-lovers get to go “squee!” about new handsets and the fun they'll have with them. And in the fun and important part of the conference, telco wonks discuss the plumbing that makes the “squee!” possible. And this year the fun and …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Feb 2017
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O2 daddy Telefónica reports 12.5% drop in UK sales

Sales at Telefónica UK, which owns O2, plunged 12.5 per cent to €6.8bn (£5.7bn) for the firm's full year, mainly due to currency changes. Organic revenue fell 1.5 per cent. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation fell 11.4 per cent for 2016 to €1.7bn (£1.4bn), increasingly organically by 1.7 per cent. …
Kat Hall, 23 Feb 2017
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Deutsche Telekom hack suspect arrested at London airport

UK police have arrested a suspect in connection with an attack that infected nearly 1 million Deutsche Telekom routers last November. The as-yet-unnamed 29-year-old British suspect was arrested at a London airport by officers from the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) on Wednesday, Reuters reports. The attack on Germany's …
John Leyden, 23 Feb 2017
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L'Internet des objets: French firm Sigfox inks deal with Telefonica

Internet of Things bods Sigfox have struck a global deal with Telefonica to offer their unlicensed spectrum connectivity tech through the telco. Sigfox’s connectivity tech competes with the Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) wireless connectivity specification, which is the IoT standard generally favoured by telcos. This …
Gareth Corfield, 22 Feb 2017
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Google yanks workers from ISP outfit, it's THE FIBER COUNTDOWN

Google is once again pulling resources out of its Fiber network venture – this time it's employees. The Mountain View advertising broker told us it is indeed moving a number of employees from Access, the branch of parent company Alphabet that handles Fiber. The workers are not being laid off, but rather are going to take jobs …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Feb 2017
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Why I had to sue the FCC – VoIP granddaddy Dan Berninger

Interview One of the grandaddies of VoIP is taking America's comms watchdog, the FCC, to the US Supreme Court over net neutrality – and he's told us why. It’s life or death, says Dan Berninger, whose startup works on high quality voice services, and could be killed by the regulator at a stroke. Berninger led the Bell Labs team that …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Feb 2017
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Riverbed bakes SD-WAN into WAN optimisation

Riverbed is hoping to push more large-scale Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) deployments with a data centre version of its SteelConnect, plus integration of the system into its SteelHead appliances under the new moniker "SteelHead SD". The SteelConnect SDI-5030 provides an SD-WAN-capable data centre gateway gets integration with …
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Comcast lied and now it must STFU: Its cable broadband is not 'the fastest' in the US

Lying Comcast will no longer be able to advertise its cable internet service as the "fastest" following a decision from the US National Advertising Review Board. The ads watchdog issued a "recommendation" that the alternate-fact-spreading cable giant stop telling Americans that its cable and Wi‑Fi internet services offer the …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Feb 2017
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Cut off: Big government IT wallets snap shut on BT's fingers

BT, which until 1984 was part of the UK public sector, is losing its grip on the public purse. Spending with BT by the Department of Health and its organisations appears to have fallen by nearly two-thirds during the current fiscal year, compared with 2015-16. Data unearthed by The Register has found BT is also rapidly …
SA Mathieson, 07 Feb 2017
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Canadian telco bans a little four-letter dirty word from texts: U B E R

A Canadian phone network says a wayward spam filter is to blame for blocking text messages that contained the word "Uber". Mobile carrier Fido said a glitch in its software dropped any message with the four-letter word while in transit and never delivered the texts to the intended recipient. Folks on Reddit catalogued the …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Feb 2017
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Comms sector teams with business lobby to slam George-Brandis-as-NetAdmin law

Australia's telecommunications industry's peak bodies have joined with a broad industry lobby group in the forlorn hope that Australia's Attorney General George Brandis can be persuaded to keep his department out of their networks. In spite of the telco security reforms being referred to as the “Telecommunications Sector …
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BT's ball-juggling routine can only go on so long

Analysis Former state monopoly BT is juggling so many regulatory, financial and operational balls it’s a wonder it has a free hand to get on with the day-to-day business. Just some issues facing the telco include: uncertainty over Openreach’s future; continuous declines in business with the public sector; a £9bn ballooning pensions …
Kat Hall, 06 Feb 2017
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Comcast staffers join walkout over Trump's immigration crackdown

Add Comcast to the ranks of companies whose workers have come out against President Trump's crackdown on Muslim immigrants. The cable giant on Thursday saw workers from multiple offices walking out to join protests over the President's travel restrictions on seven countries. Employees from Comcast offices in Philadelphia, …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Feb 2017
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GCHQ cyber-chief slams security outfits peddling 'medieval witchcraft'

Usenix Enigma 2017 The chief technical director of GCHQ's National Cyber Security Centre has rebuked infosec companies for spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt about hackers to sell products. At the Enigma 2017 conference this week, Dr Ian Levy said world-plus-dog were trying to flog security defenses to tackle "advanced persistent threats," …
Iain Thomson, 03 Feb 2017

EU whacks first nail into mobile roaming charges' coffin

The European Commission has taken the next step towards the scheduled end of roaming charges in the European Union, securing agreement on maximum wholesale charges telcos will be able to charge each other to handle roaming subscribers. Operators will charge no more than 3.2 cents per minute of voice calls and a single cent per …
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AT&T ready to trial latest attempt at pumping internet over power lines

AT&T says it is set to begin public trials of a project to backhaul high-speed mobile internet over power lines. These power lines will carry internet traffic to and from cell towers so the masts can beam 4G/LTE and 5G coverage to nearby phones. That's particularly useful for people out in the countryside, and more convenient …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Feb 2017
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With net neutrality pretty much dead in the US, your privacy is next

Full of confidence in Ajit Pai – the new boss at the FCC, America's communications watchdog – groups representing US telcos are seeking a repeal of the regulator's privacy rules. Citing the appointment of Pai and the imminent decision to roll back the previous administration's net neutrality protections, industry groups now …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Jan 2017

Hey, AT&T. Help us out. Why is buying Time Warner a good idea?

Fifteen US Senators are asking AT&T to provide them with an outline of how they plan to benefit the public with the $85.4bn acquisition of Time Warner. Democrats Al Franken (MN), Elizabeth Warren (MA), and Patrick Leahy (VT), as well as Independent Bernie Sanders (VT), signed on to the letter [PDF] calling for AT&T boss …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jan 2017
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Verizon waves its IoT credentials, boasts of adopting US-centric one

American telco Verizon reckons it's got a shot at being the next big Internet of Things player and might be eyeing up the NHS, the company's pet evangelist told IoT Tech Expo in London this morning. "We are already deploying Cat M1 LTE," David Vasquez announced. Explaining how Verizon's preferred alternative to Sigfox, LoRa …
Gareth Corfield, 24 Jan 2017

Fired Ofcom Remainer bod sues UK gov for withholding his payoff

A sacked board member of UK telco regulator Ofcom is suing the British government for refusing to give him a £75,000 ($92,500) payoff. Bill Emmott wants a judicial review of the decision by Culture Secretary Karen Bradley to fire him after the government took offence at a number of articles that criticized Brexit and slammed …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Jan 2017

Jersey Telecom wheels out LoRa IoT network, says it's 'not ruling out' other techs

Interview Jersey Telecom recently rolled out a LoRa network covering the entire island. The telco’s wholesale director, Tom Noel, spoke to The Register to elaborate a little on what it hopes to achieve. The Tier One telco, based on the eponymous Channel Island, prefers to be known as JT. It has a surprisingly large global footprint, …
Gareth Corfield, 18 Jan 2017

FCC's Wheeler gives passionate defense of net neutrality rules

Video Tom Wheeler, chairman of America's comms watchdog the FCC, has given a passionate defense of net neutrality rules in his last public speech – and warned his fellow commissioners not to go backwards by removing them. He called the rules "rooted in reality, not ideology" – a clear poke at the Republican leadership that will take …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Jan 2017

FCC slams Verizon, AT&T over zero rating, gives T-Mobile US a hug

US comms watchdog the FCC has issued new guidelines on the controversial practice of "zero rating" and whether it is illegal or not. The upshot is that it has given T‑Mobile US's Binge On service a green light, but comes down on AT&T's Sponsored Data service and Verizon's FreeBee Data 360 as illegal. We already knew from …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Jan 2017

Is! Yahoo! dead?! Why! web! biz! will! rename! to! Altaba! – the! truth!

Marissa Mayer, the CEO of perennial drain-circler Yahoo!, will step down from its board of directors, along with five other members, after Verizon finishes gobbling up most of the internet portal. And once the acquisition is over, the remaining carcass of Yahoo! will change its name to Altaba Inc. In an SEC filing today, …
Iain Thomson, 10 Jan 2017
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Verizon is gonna axe its 'unlimited' data hogs

Verizon is kicking heavy downloaders and streamers off their "unlimited" not-actually-unlimited mobile plans. Subscribers who average more than 200GB of data downloaded per month have been told they have until February 16 to either move to a different plan or find a new carrier. It's believed atleast 8,200 customers have been …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Jan 2017
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Cancel! that! yacht! order! Marissa! – Verizon's! still! cold! on! Yahoo! gobble!

A Verizon executive is once again casting doubt on the telco giant's $4.8bn bid to acquire Yahoo! Speaking at an investor conference in Las Vegas today, executive vice president Marni Walden said of the deal, "Unfortunately, I can't sit here today and say with confidence one way or the other because we still don't know." The …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Jan 2017
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Florida Man sues Verizon for $72m – for letting him commit identity theft

A Florida inmate is suing Verizon Wireless after he used one of the telco's stores to commit identity theft. James Leslie Kelly, who is serving a prison term in the US state for grand theft and criminal use of personal information, is seeking $72m in damages from the telecom giant. He claims a Verizon shop in Highlands County …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Jan 2017
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Virtualisation got boring in 2016, but the fun's about to start anew

END-OF-YEAR ROUND UP 2016 was a year in which virtualisation became so mainstream, so expected, so accepted that it started to look like a moribund market. But virtualisation's really only just getting started because storage virtualisation, network virtualisation and network function virtualisation are just getting started, while other uses for …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Dec 2016
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Australian Internet policy remains years behind reality

That Australian policy-makers cannot muster a coherent and consistent approach to the changes wrought by the internet has again been made apparent in recent weeks, by a number of events. The national response to the internet remains, most often, to attempt to control it long after accepted practice makes the attempt to do so …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Dec 2016

Landmark EU ruling: Legality of UK's Investigatory Powers Act challenged

The legality of the UK's Investigatory Powers Act has been called into question by a landmark EU legal ruling this morning, which has restated that access to retained data must only be given in cases of serious crime. The landmark judgment [PDF] was handed down by the European Union's Court of Justice, setting a new precedent …
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FYI! – Your! hacked! Yahoo! account! is! worth! $0.0003!

The hacked database containing the account details of more than one billion Yahoo! users is reportedly being sold for a meager $300,000. This according to a report by the New York Times, which spoke with researchers at US computer security biz InforArmor. Those eggheads claim to have knowledge of at least three groups – two …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Dec 2016
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Red Hat feels the need – the need for OpenStack speed

Red Hat’s released its dual-support mode OpenStack Platform 10, for rapid cloud adoption. The branded OpenStack box continues Red Hat’s drive to reduce the headache of installing and running the open-source cloud for those of us who are not rocket scientists. But OpenStack Platform 10 also accompanies a shift in build, …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Dec 2016
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Telstra is filthy about being barred from spectrum auction

Australia's dominant carrier Telstra has expressed its displeasure with yesterday's decision to exclude it from an auction for some useful-for-4G spectrum in the 700MHz bands, in the name of enhancing competition. “We are disappointed with the decision to limit how much spectrum any party can hold in the 700 MHz band,” a Big T …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Dec 2016

If only our British 4G were as good as, um, Albania's... UK.gov's telco tech report

Blighty has worse 4G coverage than that of Albania, Panama and Peru, according to major report by the National Infrastructure Commission today on 5G and telecommunication technology. The report, which you can read here found that Britain is 54th in the world for 4G, with the typical user only able to access 4G about 53 per …
Kat Hall, 14 Dec 2016
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AT&T took too much money from customers, will pay them back by ... taking less money

AT&T will pay out $88m to settle an FTC complaint that it allowed excessive "cramming" charges on customer bills. The US trade bod says that some 2.7 million customers will be getting a share of the $88m settlement it struck with the wireless carrier to end allegations that AT&T allowed third-party services to put excessive …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Dec 2016
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Say bye-bye to net neutrality next year, gloats FCC commish Pai

In a speech to a right-wing think tank, FCC commissioner Ajit Pai explained how 2017 will be the year that net neutrality dies in the US, and that municipal networks can forget about existing as well. On Wednesday, Pai gave a speech at the Free State Foundation in which he lambasted the FCC for taking on more responsibility …
Iain Thomson, 08 Dec 2016
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Brit telco EE's ads banned for 'misleading' 4G speed claims

Brit mobile provider EE has had to remove a number of TV, homepage and press ads for advertising "misleading" 4G speeds. Rival Three and two members of the public complained to the Advertising Standards Authority that a number of speeds claims made were misleading and questioned whether they could be substantiated. On its …
Kat Hall, 07 Dec 2016
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Australia's universal telco service obligation's day is done

Australia's Productivity Commission (PC) has suggested the nation can probably scrap the telecommunications universal service obligation (TUSO) that requires every Australian be provided with a telephone connection. The base reason for the suggestion, contained in a draft report (PDF), is that the TUSO was designed for a time …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Dec 2016

Verizon flogs off 29 data centers, pockets $3.6bn

Verizon has finalized a deal to hand over control of 29 data centers in the US and Latin America to Equinix, in a deal that will net the telco $3.6bn. The sell-off includes 24 customer-facing locations and is expected to close in 2017. After the hand-off, Verizon customers will be able to continue their managed hosting and …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Dec 2016
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Vocus to build Singapore-Australia submarine cable

Junior telco Vocus has confirmed it will build a submarine cable linking Singapore and Australia, with a stop in the Indonesian capital Jakarta. The Australia-Singapore Cable will have capacity up to 40Tbps and will make landfall in Perth. The cable's been on the drawing board for some time but Vocus today told the Australian …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Dec 2016
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Sigfox IPO? Um, sure! 2017, 2018, whenever, we'll definitely do it

Internet of Things connectivity outfit Sigfox has delayed its IPO plans by a year after falling €50m short of its VC funding target. The French company is said to be aiming to go public in 2018, according to a very soft-soap interview with its CEO, Ludovic Le Moan, in the Financial Times. As reported previously on The …
Gareth Corfield, 05 Dec 2016
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Watch your back, Netflix: Viu on track for 10 million subs next year

Analysis Hong Kong pay TV operator PCCW Media claims it has racked up 4 million active users on its OTT video service, Viu, after just one year of activity. An uptake of this pace presents Netflix, which recently made its belated entrance into South East Asia, with an almighty mountain to climb. Viu has every chance of surpassing the …
Faultline, 05 Dec 2016
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Exclusive: Team Trump's net neutrality guru talks to El Reg

Interview The newest member of the Trump's Transition Team sounded bemused by the tech blog headlines when we caught up with her today. As the academic who has conducted more empirical work into net neutrality than anyone else, Dr Roslyn Layton finds herself in demand from telecoms regulators all over the world. This week she faced the …
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Dec 2016

Sh... IoT just got real: Mirai botnet attacks targeting multiple ISPs

Analysis The Mirai botnet has struck again, with hundreds of thousands of TalkTalk and Post Office broadband customers affected. The two ISPs join a growing casualty list from a wave of assaults that have also affected customers at Deutsche Telekom, KCOM and Irish telco Eir over the last two weeks or so. Problems at the Post Office …
John Leyden, 02 Dec 2016
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HyperGrid's ex-ice hockey player evangelist wants to slot the puck

Analysis It’s said that hockey players wear numbers because you can’t always identify the body from dental records, or that someone went to a fight and a hockey game broke out. Kelly Murphy is a hard man, a Regina, Saskatchewan-born ex-professional ice hockey player, forced by injury to follow the puck off the hockey field and into an …
Chris Mellor, 02 Dec 2016
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Hull surfers cut off by router attack

Thousands of broadband customers in the Hull area have been left without reliable internet access following a cyber attack. Local telco KCOM blamed difficulties for its customers which began over the weekend and remains ongoing on an attack it said was targeted at models of routers it supplies to some of its customers. Since …
John Leyden, 01 Dec 2016
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Jersey sore: Anchor rips into island's undersea cables, sinks net access

Internet speeds on the UK island of Jersey have been slashed – literally – after a ship's anchor destroyed three submarine cables linking the isle to the British mainland. Broadband speeds on the Channel island immediately slowed to a trickle after the data cables, owned by telco JT, and the voice traffic cable, owned by ISP …
Iain Thomson, 30 Nov 2016
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How much does HPE's credible IoT bundle cost? Anyone? Hello?

Hewlett Packard Enterprise made a nice claim today: it can cut the time to lob operational tech (IoT devices) on to a network and the cost of doing so – the blockers, it said, to wider enterprise and industrial adoption. The big questions the company didn't answer in a particularly convincing way were how much the new bundle …
Paul Kunert, 30 Nov 2016
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Google's Chromecast Audio busted BT home routers – now it has a fix

Google has kicked out a workaround of sorts for Chromecast Audio devices that have been causing BT routers to constantly reset themselves. The Mountain View ads giant is advising BT subscribers to, if possible, find another router they can use to connect their Chromecast Audio unit to in order to get the latest version of the …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Nov 2016