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Jan
25
2013

German Judge Rules Internet Connectivity ‘Essential’ Right – And That ISPs Must Pay Compensation for Outages

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A German Judge has ruled that broadband subscribers have the right to receive compensation from their ISP for outages because Internet connectivity is an “essential” part of life. As Reuters notes, under German law the loss of use of essential material items can be compensated, though one German DSL subscriber was struggling to get compensation for a two month outage. The ruling comes a few years after both France and Finland declared broadband to be […]

Jan
21
2013

France Wants to Tax User Data Collection – In Order to Get Hands in Google Coffers

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Just like European monopoly telcos, France’s government is jealous of the massive money being made from companies like Google on user data, and is now contemplating a tax or toll on American companies. Unlike previous taxation attempts that focused on taxing advertising, the New York Times says a new French proposal would impose a levy on the collection of user data. “We want to work to ensure that Europe is not a tax haven for […]

Aug
30
2012

Iliad Group to Build Out Next-Generation Networks in France

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PARIS — The Iliad Group, a competitive provider in France, received an additional investment of 200 million euros from the European Investment Bank to finance its rollout of next-generation fixed networks. The bank, which financed an earlier 150-million euro project for Iliad in 2010, is the long-term lending institution of the European Union and is owned by the member states. Sixty-five percent of the funds will be earmarked for the deployment of FTTH, and the […]

Feb
15
2012

67M FTTH/FTTB Subscribers, Going to 198M by 2015

MONTPELLIER, FRANCE — As of mid-2011, there were nearly 67 million subscribers to fiber-to-the-home and fiber-to-the-building services worldwide, according to a new report from the DigiWorld Institute by IDATE. This represented a growth of 54 percent from a year earlier. By year-end 2015, the number is expected to triple, reaching 198 million. The number of homes and buildings passed by fiber also accelerated over the same time mid-2010 to mid-2011 period, increasing by 47 percent […]

Sep
8
2011

France Telecom Readies for Price War

France Telecom has launched a new low-cost mobile brand, the latest sign that Europe’s second largest mobile market is bracing itself for a price war. France Telecom said the new brand, called “Sosh”—short for social—was aimed at young adults and would be exclusively sold over the Internet. France Telecom, which has 27 million mobile subscribers here, predicted that the set of lower-cost offers will attract half-a-million clients over the next year. The contract, which starts […]

Jul
6
2011

French broadband subs top 21 mil.

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Fibre broadband subscriptions have risen over 70% in France The number of broadband subscribers in France had reached 21.774 million by the end of the first quarter of 2011, up slightly from 20.234 million one year previously, according to the latest market report from the country’s telecoms regulatory body Arcep. The report adds that there were 20.25 million DSL internet connections in France by the end of March 2011, up from 18.9 million one year […]

Jun
6
2011

France’s broadband market hits 21.8 million subscribers in Q1 2011

French consumers can’t get enough of broadband, a new Arcep report reveals. As of the end of March 2011, France had 21.8 million subscribers, an 8 percent or 460,000 rise in new lines, over 2010. Leading the charge, not surprisingly, was DSL with 20.25 million lines, up from the 18.91 million in 2010. Other broadband technologies (cable, wireless and satellite) rose up to 1.01 million at the end of Q1. Outside of traditional DSL and […]

Jun
3
2011

France launches LTE spectrum auction

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France’s LTE spectrum auction is about to begin The French auction for LTE spectrum is now imminent after French digital economy minister Éric Besson signed a decree launching the tender for operators to submit their bids, The process will begin in the coming days, French newspaper Le Monde reported, once the announcement is published in an official gazette. Operators will have until September to submit their bids. On 31 May, French telecom regulator Arcep submitted proposals […]

Mar
31
2011

Verizon lights up 100 Gbps on parts of its U.S. network

Verizon (NYSE: VZ) is going to deploy 100 Gbps technology on select segments of its U.S. backbone network by the end of Q2 2011. Supporting both a mix of emerging enterprise (cloud and Ethernet) and consumer (video streaming), Verizon will upgrade network segments in Chicago to New York, Sacramento to Los Angeles and Minneapolis to Kansas City with 100 Gbps capabilities. Similar to its 100 Gbps deployment in Europe late last year, the U.S. 100 […]

Mar
29
2011

Orange launches French smart metering operator

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Orange is partnering with water services specialist Veolia Water  French incumbent Orange has launched a smart metering operator in partnership with water services firm Veolia Water. The new player, dubbed m2o city, makes use of the ISM (industrial, scientific and medical) radio network, rather than Orange’s cellular data network. Taisei Miura, CEO of m2o said that, while the firm will operate only in France to begin with, “there are some opportunities which could be considered […]

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