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May
18
2012

Virgin Atlantic Allows In-Flight Phone Calls – But Only for O2 and Vodafone Customers…

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Bad news for folks who think flying is already annoying and also hate loudmouths — Virgin Atlantic says that the company will soon be offering users the ability to make phone calls on the company’s London to New York City routes. About twenty of the company’s planes will be outfitted to offer the phone service by the end of the year. The service comes with a few caveats, the biggest one being you can’t be […]

May
17
2012

ABI Research: 90 Million Homes Will Have Home Automation by 2017

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LONDON — New subscription-based home automation offerings are rapidly transforming the way consumers will monitor, secure, and control their homes, according to new research from ABI Research. Long the preserve of expensive, custom-installed technology, home automation is moving into the mainstream, with companies such as ADT, Comcast, Verizon and Lowe’s all adding home automation to their customer services. Connectivity is a key factor driving new entrants into the market. Home broadband penetration rates are high, […]

May
16
2012

Openreach Launches 330 Mbps FTTP Services in UK

LONDON, UK — Openreach, the access-network division of British incumbent telco BT, announced that, next month, retail service providers would be able to offer fiber-to-the-home services at 80/20 Mbps, 330/20 Mbps and 330/30 Mbps. An FTTP 220Mbps product will be launched next year. The two upload speeds for 330 Mbps download product are designed to suit the needs of residential customers and small businesses respectively. Openreach is offering the 330/20 Mbps service at a discounted […]

Mar
4
2012

CityFibre Secures Financing for UK Fiber Builds

LONDON — CityFibre Holdings Limited, a competitive operator deploying a fiber-to-the-home network in the city of Bournemouth in the U.K., announced that it closed a financing agreement with Citigroup, secured by CityFibre’s long-term contracted customer revenues. Arrangements were also agreed for Citi to assist CityFibre in its future financing requirements. A year ago, CityFibre took over the British assets of i3 Group (formerly H2O Networks), which had ambitious plans for deploying fiber to the home […]

Feb
25
2012

Shipments of PON Equipment Double in 2011

LONDON — The global market for fixed broadband access equipment saw exceptional growth for the second consecutive year, according to telecom analyst firm Ovum. Preliminary results for 2011 show that passive optical network (PON) equipment shipments doubled from 2010, annual DSL port shipments surpassed 100 million and cable modem termination system (CMTS) port shipments crossed the 1 million mark for the first time ever. In a new market share analysis, Ovum also revealed that Chinese […]

Feb
14
2012

Smart Appliance Shipments to Top 24M by 2017

LONDON — The market for smart appliances hasn’t taken off as quickly as many observers expected. Many of these products, which take advantage of broadband communications to operate intelligently and save energy, are still used only in small pilot projects. However, according to a report by ABI Research, shipments will soon begin to pick up and will exceed 24 million units by 2017. With smart meter deployment growing, energy costs rising, and progress made on […]

Feb
4
2012

BT to Offer ‘FTTP on Demand’

LONDON — British incumbent telco BT announced successful trials of “FTTP on demand” in St. Agnes, Cornwall. BT is building out a next-generation network using a primarily fiber-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) architecture, but this solution allows additional fiber to be run on demand to any home or business in an FTTC-enabled area and provide the customer with fiber-to-the-premises broadband. Previously, FTTP speeds weren’t possible in FTTC-enabled areas, but BT developed a solution that could take advantage of […]

Jan
28
2012

BT to Test Fiber to the Home in Multifamily Housing

LONDON — British incumbent telco BT, which is rolling out fiber to the curb and fiber to the premises throughout much of the U.K., is inviting residents and landlords of apartment buildings to participate in a fiber-to-the-unit pilot project. Like many other deployers, BT started its FTTH rollout in greenfield builds and suburban developments; it is now beginning to tackle older apartment buildings, which can present a wide variety of challenges. In addition to the […]

Jan
27
2012

Ovum: PON Grows to Include Wireless Backhaul and Smart Grid

LONDON – A sea change is taking place in the passive optical networking (PON) industry, according to analyst firm Ovum, which sees the industry’s focus shifting from speed to new applications and network diagnostics and management. Once used exclusively for fiber to the premises, PON now enables wireless backhaul and smart power grids as well. Because PON is becoming universal for many services running on multiple types of networks, its technical requirements are expanding. According […]

Oct
20
2011

Hyperoptic Connects First 1 Gbps Broadband Customers in UK

LONDON – Competitive provider Hyperoptic has become the first to make 1 Gbps download speeds a reality in the U.K. Hyperoptic says it is “on track to revolutionize the U.K. broadband market” with its installation at Prices Court, Wandsworth, London, going live today. Residents of this 133-apartment riverside development will be able to enjoy superfast broadband speeds at low prices – starting at £12.50 per month (just under $20) for line rental, including free U.K. […]

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