Light Reading

Euronews: BT Promises 300Mbit/s Broadband

Paul Rainford

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
    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.
    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
    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...
    From The Founder
    Steve Saunders provides an overview of white box networking and introduces a new "slim line" version of the OSI 7-layer model.
    Flash Poll
    Live Streaming Video
    CLOUD / MANAGED SERVICES: Prepping Ethernet for the Cloud
    Moderator: Ray LeMaistre Panelists: Jeremy Bye, Leonard Sheahan
    Between the CEOs
    Centec on Ethernet Switching

    11|26|15   |   09:58   |   (0) comments

    Centec CEO James Sun talks to Steve Saunders about Ethernet switching and the white box revolution.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Delivering Service Agility in the Virtualization Era

    11|25|15   |   5.41   |   (0) comments

    Interview with Massimo Fatato, WW OSS Business Lead, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
    Wagner’s Ring
    How Might Open Source Fail?

    11|24|15   |     |   (10) comments

    Open source, SDN, and NFV are looking inevitable – but performance, standards proliferation and regulatory capture could derail the movement.
    LRTV Custom TV
    NFV Lifecycle Orchestration – a Fresh Vision for Telco

    11|23|15   |   6.40   |   (0) comments

    Simon Osborne, CTO Comptel, and Heavy Reading's Caroline Chappell reveal the business impacts of new SDN and NFV, and what the term service orchestration actually means. Together they define Lifecycle Service Orchestration and how the virtualized future will look for telecoms operators.
    Between the CEOs
    Cisco's Virtual Role in Saudi

    11|20|15   |   12:15   |   (2) comments

    Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders talks with Zayan Sadek, Regional Manager at Cisco Systems, about the competitive communications services market and advance of virtualization in Saudi Arabia.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei Leads With Kubernetes for Cloud PaaS

    11|19|15   |   08:26   |   (0) comments

    Huawei is looking to Kubernetes as a key tool for building robust open source technologies for customers and partners, said Ying Xiong, chief architect of cloud platform at Huawei, in an interview with Light Reading West Coast Bureau Chief Mitch Wagner at the recent Kubecon conference.
    Women in Comms Introduction Videos
    WiC in London: The Highlight Reel

    11|19|15   |   5:33   |   (1) comment

    NetCracker's Mervat El Dabae headlines an inspiring morning in London with help from leading women from Vodafone, TalkTalk, Hyperoptics and Ciena.
    LRTV Documentaries
    Why Saudi's So Hot for New Tech

    11|19|15   |   05:07   |   (0) comments

    Light Reading's Steve Saunders reports from Saudi Arabia, a hyper-competitive market desperate to embrace the next generation of communications technologies and services.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Why Data Models Deliver More Value Than Information Models

    11|19|15   |   5.08   |   (0) comments

    Stefan Vallin argues that more automation is needed to manage end-to-end services and the hybrid networks they run on, and that data models are key to achieving this.
    Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
    SDN Management & Orchestration in the WAN

    11|17|15   |   7.20   |   (0) comments

    Carol Wilson and Packet Design CTO Cengiz Alaettinoglu discuss CSPs' SDN service delivery and assurance requirements. Learn about a modular approach to building automated control, orchestration and management functions for the WAN that are policy- and analytics-driven.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Flash Networks: Optimizing for Radio Spectral Efficiency

    11|17|15   |   3:34   |   (0) comments

    Today most optimization vendors only focus on optimizing voice or data. Ofer Gottfried, Flash Networks' CTO, shows how improving data throughput and maximizing spectral efficiency reduces capital and operating expenses while also providing a platform for user engagement.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Making Pay-TV User Experiences Millennial-Friendly

    11|16|15   |   6:42   |   (0) comments

    The unique challenge of reaching and engaging Millennials is driving pay-TV video experience transformation that can include higher quality UIs, viewing of multiple content streams at once and seamless transitions between handheld devices and the television.
    Allot MobileTrends Report H2/2015 reveals how daily online behavior can be used to discover smarter ways to profile customers and propose valuable, real-time offers to them.
    Hot Topics
    Samsung to Sell Wireless Networking Unit?
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 11/23/2015
    Samsung: No Sale of Wireless Unit
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 11/25/2015
    How Might Open Source Fail?
    Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 11/24/2015
    Networking Shines in HP's Gloomy Final Earnings
    Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 11/25/2015
    Frontier Gives Telco TV a Boost
    Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 11/24/2015
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed
    December 15, 2015
    Virtualizing Cable Services
    Webinar Archive
    BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
    Centec CEO James Sun talks to Steve Saunders about Ethernet switching and the white box revolution.
    Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders talks with Zayan Sadek, Regional Manager at Cisco Systems, about the competitive communications services market and advance of virtualization in Saudi Arabia.
    Cats with Phones
    Can't Find the Phone on Thanksgiving? Click Here
    Check under the cat! (hint: bottom right)
    Live Digital Audio

    Broadband speeds are ramping up across Europe as the continent, at its own pace, follows North America towards a gigabit society. But there are many steps to take on the road to gigabit broadband availability and a number of technology options that can meet the various requirements of Europe’s high-speed fixed broadband network operators. During this radio show we will look at some of the catalysts for broadband network investments and examine the menu of technology options on offer, including vectoring and for copper plant evolution and the various deployment possibilities for FTTH/B.