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Cisco promises Lync link for its UC kit and collaborationware

Cisco has spent the last couple of years talking up its unified communications and collaboration portfolios, often suggesting it is at the top of the market. If that assertion is correct it would be quite a coup, given that other players have a long head start. Cisco's been here before with IP telephony, a field in which it …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jun 2014
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Pension quango's £18.5m project FINALLY goes live... 2 months late

An £18.5m project carried out on behalf of the UK's Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has finally gone live - two months late. A comprehensive IT infrastructure overhaul and modernisation of hardware and software was due to be installed and running by 28 February. However, The Register has learned that CGI missed both the February …
Gavin Clarke, 01 Jul 2014
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As Azzurri closes in on CEO successor, sales director splits

South coast integrator Azzurri Communications is going to be a sales director and board member lighter after Craig Wellman handed in his notice to split by the early summer. The business, which last month pushed out the first in a series of cloudy services, is still on the hunt for a CEO to replace outgoing chief Vim Vithaldas …
Paul Kunert, 07 Apr 2014

Alca-Lu plots enterprise exit, again

Alcatel-Lucent once again hopes to exit the enterprise business to concentrate on the carrier and service provider markets. Reuters is reporting the move as part of Alca-Lu's plan to shed €1 billion worth of assets by 2015. The news agency's sources have told it that Lazard Limited is advising the vendor on the sale. Finding a …
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TeleWare makes telephony a little more cloudy

TeleWare has launched an enterprise MVNO that routes every call through the office PBX, reducing the mobile carrier to a bit pipe at best. The new offering – dubbed TeleWare Mobile, with all the panache typical of enterprise offerings – intercepts mobile calls at the operator to route them into the office systems, where all the …
Bill Ray, 16 Jun 2011
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Airbus promises Wi-Fi – yay – and 3D movies (meh) in new A330

Airbus has promised that its next plane, the A330 Neo, will bring 3D movies into the sky. Announced today, the A330 Neo is an upgrade for the twin-aisle, 250-300 seat A330. Airbus says the new model will come in two sizes and add about ten seats to current configurations, while reducing fuel consumption by 14 per cent per seat. …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jul 2014
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Reports say Vodafone to gobble Spanish cable outfit Ono

Vodafone is about to pay around $US10bn to acquire Spain's Ono, according to several sources. The Wall Street Journal reports the deal will be announced on Monday, with $9.73bn to change hands. Bloomberg offers round $10bn, citing the same folks familiar with the report as does the Journal. Ono is a triple-play operator, …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Mar 2014

What's the nature of your emergency, Vodafone?

Vodafone has been chided for misleading customers with a telly ad that wrongly implied that the majority of Blighty's emergency services' staff personally subscribed to the mobile operator. Britain's ad watchdog agreed with three out of four complaints submitted by the parent company of rival O2 - Telefonica UK. The TV …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Aug 2014
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Ofcom talks up telephony spectrum trading

Changes to the licences held by the mobile operators will shortly enable them to buy and sell their radio spectrum, along with the obligations that go along with it. The changes (pdf, dull, really dull) come into effect on 4 July and are largely what the regulator proposed back in February. There are a few clarifications based …
Bill Ray, 20 Jun 2011
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Climate change makes phones obsolete: ITU

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has unintentionally weighed into all sorts of debates with a report stating that broadcasting trumps telephony during emergencies. In a statement and supporting video, Christoph Dosch, chairman of the ITU-R Study Group 6 says he feels the world may be experiencing more natural …
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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
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One in 2900 phone calls is an IDENTITY THIEF

One in every 2900 phone calls to contact centres was made by fraudsters attempting to gain customer account details to steal funds or buy merchandise, according to Pindrop Security's Vijay Balasubramaniyan. Researchers canvassed 105 million phone calls and studied the way fraudsters pulled off identity theft by conning phone …
Darren Pauli, 06 Aug 2014
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Google plugs new-age telephony into US carrier phones

Google has teamed with US wireless carrier Sprint to integrate the carrier's cell phones with Google Voice – the new-age telephony web service that lets you attach a single number to multiple phones, turn your voicemail messages into emails, send free texts, make free domestic calls, and dial international numbers on the cheap. …
Cade Metz, 21 Mar 2011
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Kiwi satellite earth station recycled – as radio telescope

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) is celebrating “first light” from its new radio telescope – a 30m, 30-year-old former satellite Earth station that was once New Zealand's primary link to the outside world. The AUT telescope is now getting ready for a mission studying star formation, the centre of the Milky Way, galactic …

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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IP telephony: Still happy?

The benefits of IP telephony (IPT) are now increasingly understood, and as offerings proliferate, we are starting to see wider scale adoption become reality across all types of business. But has the move to IPT been all it’s cracked up to be? Are problems around service and call quality still causing major headaches? What model …
Jon Collins, 23 Sep 2009

US secret court renews government telephone snooping

The US's surveillance court has okayed the government's continued bulk interception and collection of telephony metadata. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) announced late Friday that it had rubber stamped renewed the government's authority to collect metadata in bulk. Publication of the renewal comes after …
Jack Clark, 19 Jul 2013

Oz Ombudsman calls for wiretap oversight

With both political parties and most law enforcement agencies devoted to implementing more data retention in Australia's Internet, the Commonwealth Ombudsman has suggested it could have a role in overseeing such a regime. Ombudsman Colin Neave has told the Senate committee reviewing Australia's telecommunications interception …
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Bondi shark alert systems beams warning to nobody on Google Plus

An Australian company called Shark Mitigation Systems has come up with something interesting: a sonar-equipped buoy that can spot sharks and then beam information about their presence to lifeguards over Optus' mobile telephony network. The idea is that the buoys will be tethered off Australia beaches, for two purposes. The …
Simon Sharwood, 25 May 2014

Battery-production problems delay anorexic 5.5-inch 'iPhone Air'

The challenge of developing a battery slim enough for a 5.5-inch iPhone, nicknamed (暱稱) the "iPhone Air" by the parts-supply industry, may push that handset's introduction back until next year. So reports the Chinese-language news service Commercial Times (Google Translate). The same article also reports that a 4.7-inch iPhone …
Rik Myslewski, 22 Apr 2014

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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Slurp away, NSA: Mass phone data collection IS legal, rules federal judge

A US federal judge has ruled that the NSA is within its rights to harvest millions of innocent Americans' telephone call records under Section 215 of the Patriot Act – and that the dragnet is fine under the Fourth Amendment since the data was collected by a third-party telco, not the government. The decision kicks the debate …
Iain Thomson, 27 Dec 2013
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You don't need phone lines or cable for ANYTHING, says Dish

Dish wants everyone to know it can do broadband too: using LTE kit and radio spectrum it plans to acquire from Clearwire, the TV broadcaster has been pushing 50Mb/sec into homes. The trials ran in rural Virginia, using two towers to deliver between 20 and 50Mb/sec to homes using a 40cm receiving box fitted by the same chap who …
Bill Ray, 17 Jun 2013
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Telstra scrambles to fix voice

Telstra is scrambling to overcome an outage that ABC Radio is reporting has affected “tens of thousands” of business voice services nationwide. The outage affects customers of Telstra's Digital Business service. Digital Business is a range of bundles covering both broadband connection and telephony. At the time of writing, a …

Botched SAP billing system helps Npower reach No 1 on gripes list

Failure to fix problems with an SAP-based customer billing system has seen UK energy giant Npower earn the most complaints for a power supplier during 2013. One in every 326 customers lodged a complaint against Npower, putting it top of a UK energy supplier league table released today by Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice …
Gavin Clarke, 13 May 2014

Virgin Media to hike broadband prices by nearly 7 per cent

Virgin Media is set to jack up its broadband prices early next year by nearly 7 per cent. The telco said it was writing to subscribers now to warn them that costs will rise by 6.7 per cent on average from February 2014. It said that the price hike does not affect services such as Virgin Media's home phone talk plans. In an …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Nov 2013
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Jawohl! Vodafone gets nod for £6.5bn Kabel Deutschland slurp

Vodafone now owns just over three quarters of Kabel Deutschland, following a shareholder meeting which approved the British operator's takeover of the German telco, creating a one-stop-shop for continental consumers. The buyout, which cost Vodafone £6.5bn, was announced back in June but has been awaiting shareholder approval and …
Bill Ray, 14 Oct 2013
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Troll sues Apple for daring to plug headphones into iPhone

A patent hoarding firm is suing Apple for $3m for allegedly ripping off a protected design that describes plugging headphones into a mobile phone. Intelligent Smart Phone Concepts, a Delaware company with no web presence, launched its legal action against iPhone-maker Apple in California. ISPC has demanded damages for the …

AIM-listed Coms hoovers up Actimax for £3.4m

Acquisitive cloud-based telephony player Coms Plc has hoovered loss-making comms dealer Actimax in a cash splurge that could rise to £3.4m depending on results. AIM-listed Coms, which dug deep and found £9.5 to buy Redstone back in November, also revealed it is planning to place more shares on the market to raise £7.9m after …
Paul Kunert, 12 Feb 2014
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BlackBerry sets BBM Voice and Channels live on iOS and Android

Terminally consolidating smartphone firm BlackBerry has added support for its Voice and Channel services on the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) app for Android and iOS. The company said that the update would bring a new set of collaboration and telephony options to users who still run BBM on their Apple and Android devices. The BBM …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Feb 2014
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Azzurri tugs former sales star from Vodafone

Azzurri has raided Vodafone's reservation to poach one of its former shining stars, with Antony Vigar set to return to the south-coast comms integrator as head of business development. With one eye locked on the Intelligent Cloud Optimised Network (ICON) launch, the firm needs someone to replace the previous incumbent Jason …
Paul Kunert, 19 Feb 2014
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Tu Me to go: Tu Go to be Telefonica's 'NEXT BIG AMAZEBALLS' for voice

Telefonica's freebie VoIP platform Tu Me will be shuttered next month as the mobile network pushes customers towards, er, Tu Go. Tu Me came out of Jajah, the internet voice-call outfit Telefonica bought in 2009, but it was never intended to be more than a stepping stone towards a brave new future of telephony as a service. That …
Bill Ray, 09 Aug 2013
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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 …

Micro P consumes security minnow Cohort Technology

Micro P has hoovered up fellow Basingstoke-based virtualisation, security and comms distie Cohort Technology for an undisclosed fee. This adds some 14 new vendors to Micro P, itself owned by Irish conglomerate DCC, with the most notable names including ShoreTel, Citrix and Stonesoft. In addition to product distribution, Cohort …
Paul Kunert, 04 Oct 2013
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Cameron eyes 'non legislative options' for more spook snoop powers

Prime Minister David Cameron aims to extend spooks and cops' powers to snoop on Brits' internet activities without bothering to pass any new laws. While the Tory leader told MPs that he hoped to gain cross-party support (ie: Labour's) on granting the authorities more access to communications data in the UK, he added that he was …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Jun 2013
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'Behold my creation: Postgres-XL' bellows TransLattice

Database upstart TransLattice has burped out a new free version of the Postgres database, based on tech it acquired from StormDB. It claims the softweare is ideal for supporting modern web-based applications. The company reckons this database, dubbed Postgres-XL, has "extreme online transaction processing scalability and …
Jack Clark, 13 May 2014
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FCC: How we'll RIP 'n' REPLACE OLD phone system for new IP tech

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is talking up the potential of a looming overhaul of the nation's telephony service. Chairman Tom Wheeler said that in the coming months the FCC will begin working with telcos on trials for new systems which will see the traditional communications circuit technologies move to new IP …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Nov 2013

Azzurri Communications still losing MEELLIONS

Azzurri Communications is not out of the woods yet judging by its recently filed results and the stringent banking covenant tests to which its management must adhere. It has been a turbulent couple of years for the comms and tech integrator: its seven strong banking syndicate was forced to write off £282m in debts; veteran sales …
Paul Kunert, 08 Apr 2014
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New radio tech could HALVE mobe operators' bandwidth needs

A team from Stanford University has patented a technology which could make a huge difference to mobile phone operators by halving their bandwidth requirements overnight. Kumu Networks is showcasing tech which allows radio equipment – such as that used by mobile telephones – to send and receive on the same frequency. It does this …
Simon Rockman, 27 Feb 2014
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IP telephony: does it float your boat?

IP telephony (IPT) solutions have been in the market for quite a while and our research indicates continued and growing activity in this area. However, the issue of service and call quality is still frequently mentioned in the press, with references to small businesses in particular ripping out their VoIP/IPT solutions and going …
Dale Vile, 19 Oct 2007

Chairman grabs CEO's chair at British Airways' IT and comms supplier

KCom Group recorded a first-half year profit slide on the back of infrastructure and fibre optic investments with a downturn in business broadband and large enterprise integration work not helping. Despite the slight stumble for the six months to 30 September, the LSE-listed telco – which provides comms to private and public …
Paul Kunert, 26 Nov 2013

Cloudy firm Coms Plc coughs £9.5m for Redstone

The three-year restructuring at Redstone was effectively wrapped up today after management "conditionally" sold trading subsidiary Comunica for £9.5m in cash to LSE listed cloud-based telephony player Coms Plc. Under the terms of the deal, Coms will cough £7.65m on completion and a deferred consideration of £1.85m in the next 12 …
Paul Kunert, 05 Nov 2013
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The NBN questions Malcolm Turnbull won't answer

In the nearly three weeks since Australia's opposition parties released their policy for a faster-and-cheaper-to-implement national broadband network (NBN) reliant on VDSL to bring 50Mbps connections to most homes and businesses, oceans of digital ink have been spilled analysing the plan. We've been trying to add to them in …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Apr 2013

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

Convergence as a new new thing

Nearly 20 years ago I was technical editor of a weekly networking and telecoms newspaper. In those days the big word was “convergence” – at that time in the context of telephony and data coming together into a single network infrastructure and protocol set. Here we are in 2014, and that word is once again being bandied about – …
Dave Cartwright, 15 May 2014
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ENISA wants mobes to wander freely between carriers in emergencies

The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) has floated the idea that all mobile phones should be able to roam to another network within their country of residence, in order to enhance the resilience of mobile networks. The idea is outlined in a new report, titled ”National Roaming for Resilience: …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Nov 2013
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Boeing going ... GONE: Black phone will SELF-DESTRUCT in 30 secs

Who makes the most secure smartphones on the planet? Is it Apple? Samsung? BlackBerry? Boeing is betting the US government's answer is "none of the above." A filing with the US Federal Communications Commission first spotted by storage community site MyCE sheds new light on the aerospace giant's plans to market a smartphone that …
Neil McAllister, 26 Feb 2014
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IP telephony goes mainstream

Small and medium sized enterprises are warming to hosted IP telephony services. Frost & Sullivan (F&S) reports that the North American enterprise IP Telephony end point market hit revenues of $822.8m last year. It estimates that revenues will reach $2.44bn in 2012. All this ought to spell boom times for equipment manufacturers …
John Leyden, 21 Apr 2006
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Vodafone puts in multi-billion euro bid for German cable giant

Vodafone is in talks to acquire Kabel Deutschland, Germany's biggest cable TV operator, as it seeks to expand beyond mobile telephony. The approach was confirmed by the company this morning, following overnight speculation prompted by Bloomberg. The deal is at a very early stage, but Vodafone has confirmed preliminary talks are …
Bill Ray, 12 Jun 2013
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BBC: Hey, Atos, old buddy. Here's a cheque for £285m, fill your boots

The BBC has tossed £285m of licence fee payers' cash at a beefy tech services deal with integrator Atos after the planned rollout of a brand new tower framework to house multiple suppliers hit the buffers. The existing Technology Framework Contract (TFC), also with Atos, is set to expire March next year. It covers telephony, …
Paul Kunert, 18 Feb 2014