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Also in today's EMEA roundup: European telcos raided by EU antitrust police; Alvarion in lumber over $3M debt; euNetworks lands VPLS deal

Euronews: BT Promises 300Mbit/s Broadband

Paul Rainford
7/11/2013
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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

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    SarahReedy
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    SarahReedy,
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    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
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    DanJonesLRMobile,
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    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
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    Ray Le Maistre,
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    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...
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