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BT fattens up its sales thanks to hearty fibre+footy diet

BT's wholesale wing continued on its downward spiral during the one-time national telco's third quarter, with sales tumbling nine per cent to £589m from £645m a year earlier. The company's total revenue of £4.6bn for the three-month period ended 31 December 2013 saw modest growth of two per cent as some of BT's other business …
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Jan 2014
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BSkyB sees first half pre-tax profit tumble as sales climb

BT's intense campaign to draw more eyeballs away from BSkyB failed to hit the pay-TV company's revenues during the first six months of its financial year. But, while BSkyB - which is around 39 per cent owned by Rupert Murdoch - drove sales up more than 6 per cent to £3.7bn for the period ended 31 December, it did report a …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Jan 2014
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Achtung NIMBYs! BT splurges extra £50m on fibre broadband rollout

BT is throwing a further £50m at its commercial deployment of fibre cabling for faster broadband connections and has said that 30 cities in Britain will benefit from the cash splurge. The telecoms giant will use its existing copper wiring infrastructure to hook up most of the 400,000 urban dwellings that it plans to upgrade to …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Jan 2014

Alcatel-Lucent and BT unveil super fat pipe, splurt out 1.4Tb per second across London

Alcatel-Lucent has teamed up with BT to test an "alien superchannel" across an existing fibre pipe, with the resulting record-breaking 1.4 Tbps they achieved able to transmit a five-month-long grumble flick in just one second. The pair achieved 1.4 terabits per second using a BT's fibre-optic pipe between the BT Tower and BT's …
Team Register, 23 Jan 2014
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Ofcom says yes to sat broadband on PLANES (and trains and ships)

A generous allocation of 4,128 MHz worth of spectrum running from 27.5GHz to 30GHz (albeit not contiguous) will give data speeds of 50Mbit/sec to a single plane or ship and an estimated 10Mbit/sec per user thanks to a new frequency allocation from Ofcom. The ruling allows "Earth station antennas" on moving vehicles which will …
Simon Rockman, 22 Jan 2014
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Plusnet is working on a network-level filter to block pirate sites

Exclusive Plusnet is developing its own network-level filter to allow subscribers to censor content on its broadband service as well as help the telco suffocate access to websites linking to pirated material, The Register has learned. The Sheffield-based ISP, which is owned by telecoms giant BT, confirmed to us that its censorship tool …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Jan 2014

Virgin Media's 'little(ish)' book of deals contained BIG FIBS, rules ad watchdog

Virgin Media has been walloped by Britain's advertising watchdog for failing to clearly explain that a half-price deal it was flogging did not apply to line rental. A complaint about a direct mailing promotion that came loaded with a "little(ish) book" of offers was upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority, which concluded …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Jan 2014

BT-owned ISP Plusnet fails to plug security hole on its customer signup page

Exclusive - Updated Sheffield-based telco Plusnet isn't doing any of its new customers "proud" right now, after an anonymous source told The Register that the company was currently transmitting personal details over an unencrypted web page. The firm, which is owned by telecom giant BT, is asking interested subscribers to fill in a form online that …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Jan 2014

KCOM-owned Eclipse FAILS to cover up the password 'password'

Exclusive A Register reader has exposed another privacy howler at KCOM - this time involving its Exeter-based ISP Eclipse Internet, which displays passwords in plain text to users via a webpage. Customers who log in to their personal Eclipse user site are somewhat surprisingly shown the password for their account. Today's tip of the hat …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Jan 2014
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Take that, BT: Vodafone and BSkyB mull over broadband tie-up - report

BSkyB and Vodafone have reportedly discussed the possibility of teaming up on a high-speed broadband service. According to the Sunday Times (paid subscription required), a number of "high-level" confabs have already taken place between the pay-TV company and the mobile carrier. However, senior sources have told the newspaper …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Jan 2014

KC engineer 'exposed unencrypted spreadsheet with phone numbers, user IDs, PASSWORDS'

Exclusive Hull's dominant telco, KC, is investigating revelations of what appears to be poor handling of the company's customer data. This comes after a recent sign-up claimed one of its engineers had unwittingly exposed a customer spreadsheet containing the telephone numbers, user IDs and unencrypted passwords of all its subscribers. The …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Jan 2014
EU Bods look to future of UHF

EU eyes UHF spectrum: What do you think, biz bods... broadband?

The European Union has formed a new advisory group to work out what the future uses of the UHF spectrum band (470-790MHz) should be. And the list of representatives to the board reflects a more political than technical take on this, with company presidents and director generals listed rather than CTOs. The advisory group will be …
Simon Rockman, 17 Jan 2014

Yet another pricey Olympics' exec drafted in by UK.gov - this time for broadband spending

The Tory-led UK government is desperate for success stories with its big IT projects. As Whitehall ministers increasingly confess to big problems with various tech deployments, they keep turning to the private sector - and specifically execs who delivered the London 2012 Olympic Games* - to help rescue troubled schemes. Step …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Jan 2014
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BT banks on ex-HSBC man to take charge of Openreach biz

BT's outgoing Openreach boss Liv Garfield is to be replaced by a money man poached from Britain's struggling banking sector. The telecoms giant said it had hired Joe Garner, 44, who was previously HSBC's UK boss where he helped steer the bank through the financial crisis, BT noted. Garner will join BT in mid-February when he is …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Jan 2014

AT&T's sponsored data plan: Who, us, violating net neutrality?

+Comment AT&T is playing down concerns that its sponsored data program violates the principles of net neutrality.* The plan, in which content providers are able to foot the bill for wireless broadband access to their services, has been advertised by the company as a benefit for customers who will be able to access premium services …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jan 2014

Telstra, NBN Co to sign new deal mid-2014: analysts

Australia's investment community has set mid-2014 as the date when it expects the government, Telstra and NBN Co to finalise a new three-way contract over infrastructure access. If the stock market expectations are accurate, it would be yet another roadblock to the now-dead-in-the-water political promise that all Australians …
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BT tweaks WORDING of sex-ed web block after complaints

BT has adjusted the wording of one of its web-filtering categories, following The Register's story late on Friday when the telecoms giant admitted that UK parents who don't want their kids to seek advice about their sexuality online could block access over its network. However, while BT continues to offer that control to its …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Dec 2013

Parents can hide abortion, contraception advice from kids, thanks to BT's SEX-ED web block

Access to sex education websites can be switched off by UK parents who don't want their children to seek advice about their sexuality online, BT has admitted to The Register. Its network-level filter, introduced last week, can limit home internet users' access to material the Coalition government would rather you not see, such …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Dec 2013

World+dog: Network level filters block LEGIT sex ed sites. Ofcom: Meh

Analysis Inevitably, as network-level filters are switched on by Britain's biggest telcos, reports are suggesting that the systems are wrongly blocking sex education websites. BSkyB, BT and TalkTalk have each said publicly and repeatedly that the technology is not perfect and relies on interaction from parents who want to protect their …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Dec 2013

Why UK.gov's £1.2bn fibre broadband rollout is a bumbling FLOP

Analysis The Department of Culture, Media and Sport – also known as the Ministry of Fun – is this morning celebrating what it described as a "bumper day for rural broadband". But the declaration of victory may have come a little prematurely from Maria Miller, the Secretary of State for Fun. The £1.2bn taxpayer-funded Whitehall-led …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Dec 2013

Facebook to BLAST the web with AUTO-PLAYING VIDEO ads

Facebook has debuted automatically playing video adverts on the free content ad network. Sound will only be activated on the vid ads if a user clicks or taps on them, the company said in a blog post. But they can't be switched off, either. "The video ads will begin to play as you scroll through News Feed, but if you don't want …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Dec 2013
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Turnbull's NBN is startup-land's litmus test

Opponents of the Australian government's policy to build a National Broadband Network (NBN) with anything other than fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) came up well and truly empty last week. The 270,000+ signatures amassed in support of the the cause on change.org, while an impressive demonstration of activism, were ignored. I …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Dec 2013
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BT network-level STOCKINGs-n-suspenders KILLER arrives in time for Xmas

BT has flicked the switch on its promised network-level filter system in a move to swerve regulatory meddling from Whitehall. Next year, it will nag existing customers to make a choice about what content they want access to via BT's broadband network. The system will censor clumps of the web - such as pornography and self-harm …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Dec 2013

Enraged by lengthy Sky broadband outage? Blame BT Openreach cable thieves

Frustrated BSkyB broadband customers living in parts of London remain without access to the internet or phone lines, after the media giant's service went titsup on Tuesday. The Register has learned that BT's Openreach network infrastructure, which is accessed by BSkyB and other ISPs in Blighty, was targeted by copper thieves. …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Dec 2013

Ofcom: UK beats the US... in race to buy online tat

British people are the world's biggest online shoppers, according to new research from the regulator Ofcom. Blighty's sofa shoppers in their slippers now spend £1,017 a year online, up by almost £150 from 2012. About three-quarters of Brits buy stuff on the internet once a month, while 24 per cent make purchases every single …
Jasper Hamill, 12 Dec 2013
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Sky broadband goes TITSUP ALL DAY, thwarts Brits' Xmas web shopping

BSkyB's broadband internet and phone service Sky Talk have been down for at least a day in London – and may not be fixed any time soon. Brits say they have been unable to get online following a cock-up affecting an exchange in Blighty's capital. According to the entertainment giant's network status page: Broadband outage In …
Chris Williams, 11 Dec 2013

G.Fast startup readies silicon as standard signed off

With G.fast getting formal ITU consent as G.9700 and G.9701, the race will be on to ship production hardware to the standard, and that's helped an Israeli silicon startup raise $US10 million in funding from US and Israeli ventures. Sckipio Technologies, incorporated in 2012, is pitching modem chipset and software bundles at …
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UK.gov dangles £10m sweetener over bumpkin broadband hopefuls

Autumn Statement 2013 The government plans to slip £10m into the pockets of outfits willing to test alternative ways to bring superfast broadband access to those bits of Blighty left untouched by BT's fibre-to-the-cabinet technology rollout. The extra funding was announced ahead of Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne's rambunctious Autumn …
Kelly Fiveash, 5 Dec 2013

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, 4 Dec 2013
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Junior telcos tie knot in NBN Co copper plan

Another day, another stick in the spokes: the Competitive Carriers Coalition (CCC) has taken exception to reports that NBN Co isn't interested in owning Telstra's copper network under the government's fibre-to-the-node network rollout. The CCC's announcement will further complicate what's looking like a Gordian knot made of …
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Foxtel announces broadband, Australia yawns

Foxtel, once held out of the broadband market by long-standing agreement with Telstra, has announced a broadband resale agreement with the incumbent's wholesale arm. That will see it launch the obligatory triple-play offering of Pay-TV, voice and broadband calls. Given the tsunami that has engulfed all forms of television, it's …

Last 7m non-digital Brits are OUT OF LUCK: I'm OFF, says Baroness Fox

Gasps were heard in places as far from Westminster as London's Brewer Street as news spread that the government's DIGITAL CHAMPION has quit her role. The job may not be finished - given that a staggering 7 million citizens made up mainly of elderly, disabled and unemployed folk have never been online - but dot-com …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Nov 2013
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NBNCo leak: They would say that, wouldn't they?

Fairfax Media has published a report on what it says is part of the “Blue Book”, advice from NBNCo to incoming Australian communications minister Malcolm Turnbull. I can't speak for the document quoted but the reporter, David Braue, is an old pro who can be trusted and has done well to find himself in front of this document. …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Nov 2013
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NBN day of action fizzles as just 20 show at Turnbull's office

The day of action in support of Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) has fizzled out, with just 20 people attending an event at the office of communications minister Malcolm Turnbull. Four of the twenty, including your correspondent, were media. One was a baby. The day of action was called last week, in order to deliver …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Nov 2013
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Pro-fibre-to-the-premises protestors call NBN Day of Action

Doing anything next Tuesday, November 26th? The folks behind the crowdfunded ad campaign calling for the retention of fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) as the main component of Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) build have chosen that day to deliver the 270,000-signature petition they've amassed in support of the cause. …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Nov 2013

Google rolls out fibre to 3 million Ugandans: Ni marungi*, nyan cat

Ad kingpin Google is flashing its talons in Kampala, Uganda, where it has built - in its own words - "a super-fast, high-capacity fibre network to enable any local mobile operator or ISP to connect more people" in the African city. It makes altruistic claims about supporting a "new crop of entrepreneurs and innovators", as well …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Nov 2013
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NBN Co to test basement fibre for offices, apartments

NBN Co has announced a test designed to get it around one of the thornier roadblocks in its rollout, the handling of offices and apartments. The company rolling out some kind of national broadband network to Australia has announced that it will trial taking fibre as far as the basement or comms room of the building, and leave …
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Back to the future: Optus to trial wireless last mile again

In a move that might cause belly-flutters over at Vivid Wireless, Optus has announced an internal trial using 4G links for home broadband. The move to trial a home wireless broadband offering comes a year after Optus lowered the shutters on Unwired, Australia's first major fixed wireless broadband ISP, which it acquired as a job …
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Malcolm Turnbull's website makes funny Facebook fan numbers

Australia's communications minister Malcolm Turnbull has once again outlined how everyone - his predecessors, the press, people who disagree with him - have messed up Australia's national broadband network. A speech he delivered yesterday to the NBN Rebooted conference offered a spirited defence of his position that fibre-to-the …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Nov 2013
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BT Openreach boss QUITS to quench ambitious thirst

BT's Openreach boss Liv Garfield has quit the one-time national telco just two months after Gavin Patterson took over as CEO of the company. She is to become chief of a FTSE 100 water firm - Severn Trent - after steering the telecom giant's £2.5bn commercial deployment of fibre cabling, mostly via BT's existing copper lines, …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Nov 2013
Turnbull with Switkowski in Blacktown

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 …

Murdoch stands between your kids and filth with BSkyB network-level SHIELD

BSkyB's network-level filters are now in place 10 months after it first confirmed plans to follow TalkTalk's strategy that allows subscribers to censor large lumps of the web. And it looks like, at least for now, existing subscribers who wish to avoid the smut 'n' security block will be unable to opt out altogether, and will …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Nov 2013