& cplSiteName &

Eurobites: BT's Rivals Go Ultrafast in York

Paul Rainford
4/15/2014
50%
50%

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK's appetite for superfast broadband; broadband Bolognese; the Nokia tablet that never was.

  • In what could be seen as a move that throws down the gauntlet to BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), two broadband rivals have joined forces with a fiber infrastructure provider and a global technology firm to create a new company that will bring 1Gbit/s services to the northern UK city of York. Sky (NYSE, London: SKY), TalkTalk , CityFibre , and Fujitsu Ltd. (Tokyo: 6702; London: FUJ; OTC: FJTSY) have come together to offer "pure" FTTP (fiber-to-the-premises) to tens of thousands of homes and businesses in the city, using CityFibre's existing metro fiber infrastructure. BT has come in for criticism from the Public Accounts Committee and others over what has been perceived as a near-monopoly on the rollout of high-speed broadband in the UK to date, so this could mark the beginning of an interesting new chapter in the UK broadband wars.

    York: Still quaint as hell, but with faster broadband.
    York: Still quaint as hell, but with faster broadband.

  • Following on from the above, there's no doubting the UK's appetite for decent broadband speeds. The latest research from Ofcom has found that one in four UK residential fixed broadband connections is "superfast," or to be more specific, offers headline speeds of 30 Mbit/s or more. The average superfast connection has now reached 47 Mbit/s, an increase of 47% on the figure recorded in May 2010.

  • Telecom Italia SpA (NYSE: TI) has switched on 30Mbit/s broadband service in the sausage-mecca city of Bologna. The operator has invested €16 million (US$22 million) in the project. By July it is expected that 350,000 residents in and around Bologna will be covered by the service. For more details on the project, see this press release.

  • The CEO of South Africa's Telkom SA Ltd. (NYSE/Johannesburg: TKG) has been told he will be in deep water with the national prosecutor or face a hefty fine if he fails to attend a corporate governance course within the next 90 days, reports Bloomberg. Sipho Maseko was ordered to attend such a course in February after a loan awarded to Telkom's CFO was deemed to have breached corporate governance rules.

  • Oh what might have been! Finnish tabloid Ilta Sanomat carries an intriguing piece on the fabled M501 tablet from Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), that was apparently almost ready to go into production in 2001 but had the rug pulled from under it when the purse-string-controllers at the then handsets giant lost their nerve. Most of the devices were destroyed, but Esko Yliruusi, who worked on the device, shows us one in a short video interview. OK, it looks a little chunky by today's standards and doesn't have a touchscreen but -- assume best Marlon Brando voice -- it could have been a contender.

  • Fjord IT, a virtual data center operator that, as you might have guessed, is based in Norway, has teamed up with WatchDox, a provider of secure enterprise file-sync-and-share (EFSS) solutions, to deliver what the pair claims are eco-friendly data center services in Europe.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

    (11)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
    Page 1 / 2   >   >>
    Sarah Thomas
    50%
    50%
    Sarah Thomas,
    User Rank: Blogger
    4/17/2014 | 10:07:41 AM
    Shocking news!
    Hmm Looks like Nokia should've mainted its absence from tablets. It's apparently stopping sales of the Lumia 2520 for fear of electrical shock from its charger. You have to be quite the dedicated Nokia fan to risk a shock to use their tablet... http://www.cnet.com/news/nokia-stops-sales-of-lumia-2520-tablet-over-electric-shock-fears/
    PaulERainford
    50%
    50%
    PaulERainford,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    4/16/2014 | 4:08:38 AM
    Re: Quick, someone invent broadband!
    That's classified information Mitch. I'll be in touch.
    Sarah Thomas
    50%
    50%
    Sarah Thomas,
    User Rank: Blogger
    4/15/2014 | 6:31:29 PM
    Re: NOkia tablet
    Agreed, Mitch, especially not in that form. However, the market didn't really need or want tablets when Apple introduced the iPad, but it was cool enough everyone suddenly had to have it. That's even more important than timing.
    Mitch Wagner
    50%
    50%
    Mitch Wagner,
    User Rank: Lightning
    4/15/2014 | 5:40:49 PM
    Re: NOkia tablet

    I'm not sure the Nokia tablet would have succeed. That's around the same time Microsoft came out with the Tablet PC, and it tanked. Either the market wasn't ready for a tablet, or tablets need touchscreens. 

    Mitch Wagner
    50%
    50%
    Mitch Wagner,
    User Rank: Lightning
    4/15/2014 | 5:40:17 PM
    It worked out for Stringer Bell

    If I were a stockholder or employee of Telkom SA, I'd be concerned that my CEO is attending what seems to be a community college business class. 

    Mitch Wagner
    50%
    50%
    Mitch Wagner,
    User Rank: Lightning
    4/15/2014 | 5:39:25 PM
    Re: Quick, someone invent broadband!
    When were you at York University, Paul? My wife and I have been there three times -- it's a fantastic town. 
    Sarah Thomas
    50%
    50%
    Sarah Thomas,
    User Rank: Blogger
    4/15/2014 | 11:06:27 AM
    Re: NOkia tablet
    Btw, it's long absence from tablets just recently ended with the launch of the Lumia 2520. Anyone tried it yet? http://www.knowyourmobile.com/nokia/nokia-lumia-2520/21842/nokia-lumia-2520-review-has-nokia-rocked-tablet-space Looks similar to the Surface, but a far cry from its first attempt.
    PaulERainford
    50%
    50%
    PaulERainford,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    4/15/2014 | 10:58:41 AM
    Re: Quick, someone invent broadband!
    'fraid so Sarah, Kindle hadn't been invented either. And we produced the college magazine using Letraset. Glory days...
    Sarah Thomas
    50%
    50%
    Sarah Thomas,
    User Rank: Blogger
    4/15/2014 | 10:48:17 AM
    Re: Quick, someone invent broadband!
    Did you actually have to read books instead? Well not you, personally, obviously...
    Sarah Thomas
    50%
    50%
    Sarah Thomas,
    User Rank: Blogger
    4/15/2014 | 10:47:52 AM
    NOkia tablet
    I did find it odd Nokia was staying out of the tablet game, but I guess we now know why. That tablet looks more like a gaming console, but I wouldn't want to use it for either purpose.
    Page 1 / 2   >   >>
    From The Founder
    Kicking off BCE 2017, Light Reading founder Steve Saunders lays blame for NFV's slow ramp-up and urges telecom to return to old-fashioned standards building and interoperability.
    Flash Poll
    Live Streaming Video
    Charting the CSP's Future
    Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
    LRTV Custom TV
    The Overall Objective Is to Win the Game

    6|26|17   |     |   (0) comments


    SCTE•ISBE's Chris Bastian discusses Energy 2020's success to date and the importance of a flexible approach that allows for changes in specific strategies in order to reach significant milestones.
    LRTV Interviews
    CenturyLink: Let's Get Past SD-WAN Hype

    6|23|17   |   04:02   |   (0) comments


    Technology becomes a "shiny object" unless it's properly focused on solving business needs for enterprise customers, says Bill Grubbs, network solutions architect for CenturyLink. He explains to Light Reading why SD-WAN deployments have to be tailored to specific needs – and more.
    Women in Comms Introduction Videos
    Infinera's Sales Director Paints Tech's Big Picture

    6|21|17   |   4:14   |   (1) comment


    Shannon Williams, Infinera's director of sales, shares how she achieves work's many balancing acts -- between her role and the broader company, today and tomorrow's tech and more.
    LRTV Custom TV
    SD-WAN Innovation & Trends

    6|20|17   |     |   (0) comments


    Versa CEO Kelly Ahuja discusses with Carol Wilson the current status and trends in the SD-WAN market, Versa's innovation around building a software platform with broad contextualization, and the advantages that startups can bring to the SD-WAN market.
    LRTV Interviews
    Ovum's Dario Talmesio on 5G in Europe

    6|20|17   |   02:16   |   (0) comments


    At 5G World 2017, Dario Talmesio, principal analyst and practice leader on Ovum's fixed and mobile telecoms European team, explains the emerging trends amongst European operators as they prepare for 5G.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Putting Power on a Pedestal

    6|19|17   |     |   (0) comments


    ARRIS's John Ulm says a major accomplishment of SCTE•ISBE's Energy 2020 program is increased focus on power cost and consumption, including inclusion of energy requirements in operators' RFPs and RFIs.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Gigabit Access: The Last-Mile Pipe for All Future Services

    6|19|17   |     |   (0) comments


    A Gigabit access platform being deployed today must be able to deliver all types of services to an increasing number of devices. A non-blocking architecture is necessary to support the ever-increasing growth in bandwidth demand. The Huawei Gigabit access solution is based on a distributed design that is fully scalable to deliver a unprecedented performance.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Key Factors to Successfully Deploy an SD-WAN Service

    6|19|17   |     |   (0) comments


    As service providers transition their SD-WAN solution from trials and limited deployments into production at large scale, there are important considerations to successfully operationalize these solutions and realize their full potential, without adding complexity, introducing uncertainty or disrupting current business operations. Sunil Khandekar, CEO and Founder ...
    LRTV Custom TV
    IoT Solutions: Rational Exuberance

    6|19|17   |     |   (0) comments


    IoT solutions are morphing from hype into viable business opportunities. Huawei has the platform and ecosystem support to help carriers successfully address new business opportunities in the IoT space.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Realizing ICN as a Network Slice for Mobile Data Distribution

    6|19|17   |     |   (1) comment


    Network slicing in 5G allows the potential introduction of new network architectures such as Information-centric Networks (ICN) as a slice, managed over a shared pool of compute, storage and bandwidth resource. Services over an ICN slice can benefit from many architectural features such as Name Based Networking, Security, Multicasting, Multi-homing, Mobility, ...
    LRTV Interviews
    Ovum's Mike Roberts on 5G Uptake

    6|19|17   |   04:08   |   (0) comments


    Mike Roberts, research director for Ovum's service provider markets group, explains why he has boosted his 5G subscriptions forecast.
    LRTV Interviews
    AT&T's Hubbard on Intersection of SD-WAN & MPLS

    6|15|17   |     |   (0) comments


    Rick Hubbard, SVP of Network Product Management for AT&T Business Solutions, discusses how AT&T's approach to SD-WAN fits in with its overall virtualization strategy, explains how SD-WAN can improve enterprise customers' use of the cloud and addresses the intersection of SD-WAN and MPLS.
    Upcoming Live Events
    October 18, 2017, Colorado Convention Center - Denver, CO
    November 1, 2017, The Montcalm Marble Arch
    November 1, 2017, The Montcalm Marble Arch
    November 30, 2017, The Westin Times Square
    All Upcoming Live Events
    Infographics
    With the mobile ecosystem becoming increasingly vulnerable to security threats, AdaptiveMobile has laid out some of the key considerations for the wireless community.
    Hot Topics
    No Imagination: UK Chip Biz Goes Up for Sale
    Iain Morris, News Editor, 6/22/2017
    Does AT&T Deserve Time Warner?
    Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 6/23/2017
    Netflix's Lesson in Culture Expectation Settings
    Sarah Thomas, Director, Women in Comms, 6/21/2017
    Kalanick Steps Down as Uber CEO
    Sarah Thomas, Director, Women in Comms, 6/21/2017
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed
    BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
    Following a recent board meeting, the New IP Agency (NIA) has a new strategy to help accelerate the adoption of NFV capabilities, explains the Agency's Founder and Secretary, Steve Saunders.
    One of the nice bits of my job (other than the teeny tiny salary, obviously) is that I get to pick and choose who I interview for this slot on the Light Reading home ...
    Animals with Phones
    Live Digital Audio

    Playing it safe can only get you so far. Sometimes the biggest bets have the biggest payouts, and that is true in your career as well. For this radio show, Caroline Chan, general manager of the 5G Infrastructure Division of the Network Platform Group at Intel, will share her own personal story of how she successfully took big bets to build a successful career, as well as offer advice on how you can do the same. We’ll cover everything from how to overcome fear and manage risk, how to be prepared for where technology is going in the future and how to structure your career in a way to ensure you keep progressing. Chan, a seasoned telecom veteran and effective risk taker herself, will also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air.