Light Reading

Euronews: BT Promises 300Mbit/s Broadband

Paul Rainford
7/11/2013
50%
50%

BT Group plc, Alvarion Ltd. and euNetworks Group Ltd. get top billing in today's trawl of the EMEA headlines.

  • BT has confirmed that it plans to offer 300Mbit/s broadband within 50 U.K. exchange areas where FTTP (fiber-to-the-premises) infrastructure has already been put in place. Existing FTTP customers will be able to upgrade to the new service if they can stump up £50 (US$75) a month. The operator is also introducing a new router for its Infinity broadband service, Home Hub 5, which will come with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, four GigE ports and a VDSL modem. (See Euronews: BT Expands FTTX Rollout.)

  • Several as yet unnamed European telcos have been raided by EU antitrust regulators, reports Reuters. In a statement, the European Commission executive said: "The Commission has concerns that the companies concerned may have violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit the abuse of a dominant market position."

  • Israeli WiMax equipment specialist Alvarion is under pressure from Silicon Valley Bank to appoint a receiver, as the bank claims it is currently unable to recover a $3 million debt from the vendor, reports Reuters. Alvarion announced a net loss of nearly $17 million and revenues of just $8.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2012. (See Alvarion CEO Quits.)

  • euNetworks has announced an Ethernet services deal to provide German financial services firm Deutsche Vermögensberatung (DVAG) with a Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS) that will, over time, connect multiple locations. See this press release for more details.

  • European telco execs are, predictably perhaps, none too thrilled about the European Commission's proposal to kill off roaming charges, reports the Financial Times (subscription required). The plan was dismissed as "a headline-grabbing move" that did little to address broader investment issues. (See Euronews: Roaming Cuts Kick In, Big-Time.)

  • U.K. regulator Ofcom is proposing "charge controls" on products offered by Openreach, BT's access network unit. In other words, if Ofcom has its way, BT won't be able to charge rivals as much as it does now for access to its copper network. Prices could fall by as much as 12 percent.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

    (3)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
    SarahReedy
    50%
    50%
    SarahReedy,
    User Rank: Blogger
    7/11/2013 | 2:52:10 PM
    re: Euronews: BT Promises 300Mbit/s Broadband
    It's hard to feel any sympathy for operators "broader investment issues" when it comes to roaming. So, is it safe to say they are not really exploring "creative" pricing models as a lot of vendors like Syniverse are pitching? There are other ways to recoup their investment. It just seems like a lot don't care to change their roaming ways.
    DanJonesLRMobile
    50%
    50%
    DanJonesLRMobile,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    7/11/2013 | 2:16:21 PM
    re: Euronews: BT Promises 300Mbit/s Broadband
    M2M, parts of Africa, etc. that's the limited future of WiMAX.
    Ray Le Maistre
    50%
    50%
    Ray Le Maistre,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    7/11/2013 | 12:26:13 PM
    re: Euronews: BT Promises 300Mbit/s Broadband
    Anyone still saying WiMax has a future? Alvarion is pretty much the major independent mobile WiMax vendor and it looks to be in a LOT of trouble...
    Flash Poll
    From The Founder
    Network architects aiming to upgrade their networks to support agile, open, virtualized services in the 21st century need to consider new criteria when choosing between technology suppliers.
    Live Streaming Video
    BTE 2015 Sponsor Keynote: HP
    Dr. Prodip Sen, CTO, Network Functions Virtualization, HP
    LRTV Custom TV
    Red Hat Demo

    7|2|15   |   10:53   |   (0) comments


    Red Hat's Nicolas Lemieux demonstrates how Red Hat is driving innovation through open source communities.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Red Hat's Approach to OpenStack Adoption

    7|2|15   |   5:17   |   (0) comments


    Red Hat's Radhesh Balakrishnan outlines his company's open source strategy for both enterprises and telcos.
    LRTV Custom TV
    The New IP Goes Mobile With vEPC

    7|2|15   |   1:12   |   (0) comments


    Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown discusses results of a Light Reading survey sponsored by Brocade that shows a clear commitment by mobile operators to move quickly to virtual EPC deployment.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Making Business Sense of SDN

    7|2|15   |   1:42   |   (0) comments


    Results of a Brocade-sponsored survey show that CSPs have a clear sense of SDN use cases but are wrestling with the business case. Sterling Perrin of Heavy Reading looks behind the numbers.
    LRTV Custom TV
    NFV Will Be Here Sooner Than You Think

    7|2|15   |   2:22   |   (0) comments


    Forget the usual ten-year cycle for new technologies – NFV will be a core part of CSP networks in five years, based on results of a Brocade-sponsored survey, says Heavy Reading's Caroline Chappell.
    LRTV Custom TV
    The New IP Gains Traction With CSPs

    7|2|15   |   1:42   |   (0) comments


    Roz Roseboro of Heavy Reading analyzes results of a Light Reading survey sponsored by Brocade showing that CSPs are getting serious about making the transition to the New IP era.
    LRTV Custom TV
    It's (Real) Time for Analytics

    7|2|15   |   1:42   |   (0) comments


    Heavy Reading's Jim Hodges looks at how CSPs say they plan to use analytics to deploy new services in real time as part of The New IP, based on results of a survey sponsored by Brocade.
    LRTV Documentaries
    IoT in Action

    6|30|15   |   1:39   |   (8) comments


    Two co-workers discuss the benefits of IoT technology.
    LRTV Interviews
    Ericsson Opens Up on OPNFV

    6|30|15   |   14:16   |   (1) comment


    Martin Bäckström, VP and head of industry area Datacom at Ericsson, talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the emergence of OPNFV, the importance of standards and Ericsson's OPNFV plans.
    LRTV Custom TV
    NetNumber Founder Discusses NFV/SDN Impact on SP Networks

    6|26|15   |   4:15   |   (0) comments


    NetNumber Founder Doug Ranalli examines why SPs need a new network infrastructure for service agility. While NFV and SDN are the tools, the old ways of thinking about signaling control are inhibitors. Doug provides his recommendations.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Orchestrating NFV vCPE Services Across Multivendor Networks

    6|26|15   |   5:46   |   (0) comments


    Nirav Modi provides an overview of vCPE, the fastest-growing NFV use case, showing how Cyan's Blue Planet orchestrates vCPE services across a multivendor infrastructure to rapidly deliver new managed services for business customers.
    LRTV Custom TV
    ZTE at LTE Summit Amsterdam 2015

    6|26|15   |     |   (0) comments


    As one of the leading global telecommunications providers, ZTE presented its cutting-edge technology at LTE World Summit 2015 in Amsterdam. On display at ZTE's booth were the latest R&D achievements in wireless, 5G development, HetNet, deep convergence of FDD and TDD, and RCS/IMD/iSDN/vCN.
    Upcoming Live Events
    September 16-17, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
    September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
    October 6, 2015, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
    October 6, 2015, Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
    October 14-15, 2015, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
    November 5, 2015, Hilton Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA
    All Upcoming Live Events
    Infographics
    Hot Topics
    Who's Feeding Fiber to LinkNYC Hotspots?
    Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 6/29/2015
    What's a Gigabit Good For?
    Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 7/1/2015
    Colt to Jettison Ailing IT Business
    Iain Morris, News Editor, 6/30/2015
    Eurobites: Activist Investor Takes Stake in AlcaLu
    Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, 6/30/2015
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed
    Webinar Archive
    BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
    Casa Systems has been going from strength to strength over the last couple of years. In 2013, it became the first vendor to ship an integrated CCAP device -- the ...
    Cedrik Neike, SVP of Global Service Provider, Service Delivery, at Cisco, talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about solving service provider customer problems in a virtualized, DevOps world, including multivendor support and the future of network procurement.
    Cats with Phones