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Virgin Media to boost download speeds to 350Mbps

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT

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Virgin Media is set to boost the speed of its fastest networks to 350Mbps from Spring 2018, according to a company release. "Our top speed has increased 15 x over the past decade &ndash…

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Nokia deploys G.fast solutions to boost broadband speeds in Luxembourg

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT

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Nokia is to boost internet speeds for residents in Luxembourg by deploying G.fast technology to increase speeds on the country's existing copper infrastructure.  An estimated 60% of people in Luxembourg already have access to full fibre networks…

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Twenty thousand leagues under the sea

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT

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This week was a big one for the subsea cable industry, as the long awaited South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) landed in the city of Fotaleza, Brazil. Construction of the system began in Luganda, Angola, back in December 2017.  The four, 100Gbps fibre pair cable system will provide 40Tbps in much needed, trans-Atlantic capacity.  In the run up to the Submarine Networks Europe event in London next week, this week's Friday review will look back at the key events from the subsea sector over the last few weeks.   …

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Du profits jump 14.9% as telecoms boom in the UAE

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT

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UAE telco Du has posted a 14.9% increase in its fourth quarter profits to AED425 million (£82.3 million), according to a company release. Revenues at the Dubai based firm rose by 0…

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Operators must sharpen their focus on 5G security

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT

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Operators must do more to ensure the security of their networks in the run up to the launch of 5G, according to industry experts. Speaking exclusively to journalists at a pre-Mobile World Congress briefing in London this week, Steve Buck, product director at Evolved Intelligence, said that the industry needed to open its eyes to the potential disaster that unsecured 5G networks could bring…

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Vodafone brings 200Mbps 4G services to Britain's rural communities

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT

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Vodafone UK is bringing mobile broadband speeds of up to 200Mbps to some of Britain's hardest to reach rural communities, thanks to a successful trial of its new 4G mobile mini mast. Recent trials in the Cornish town of Porthcurno have proved successful…

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Elisa launches innovative network management solution

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT

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Finnish telco, Elisa, has launched its cloud-ready mobile network automation solution for telecommunication operators. Elisa SON, self-organising networks, was developed in collaboration with Red Hat.   Elisa SON solution is designed to enable telecom operators to get the full potential of their network…

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BT ties up new Premier League deal

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT

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BT has secured the rights to English Premier League matches for another 3 years, according to a company release. BT will pay £295 million per season from the 2019/20 onwards…

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Court of appeal rejects Three's case for lower spectrum cap

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT

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Ofcom is to proceed with its 5G spectrum auction, after the Court of Appeal rejected a suit brought by Three. Three argued against a 37% cap on the amount of spectrum that any operator can own.  “The Court of Appeal has very firmly rejected Three&rsquo…

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Danish telco TDC accepts $6.6bn takeover bid

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT

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  Danish telco TDC has accepted a second takeover bid of around $6.6 billion from a consortium of local pension funds. The consortium, which is spearheaded by Australian firm Macquarie…

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Cayman Islands to emerge as key strategic hub for subsea cable sector

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT

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The Cayman Islands could emerge as a key strategic hub, linking the US with developing markets in Central and Latin America, according to industry experts. "The “Cayman Cable Hub” Concept; given our geographic proximity to just about …

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Hyperoptic showcases UK's fastest 10Gbps home broadband

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT

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UK based fibre broadband provider, Hyperoptic, has showcased the UK's fastest home broadband service, during a series of live tests in London. At the former Olympic Village, Hyperoptic achieved speeds of 10Gbps, 276 times faster than the UK's current average download speed…

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£11.2m superfast broadband scheme to bring full fibre connectivity to 14,000 rural premises

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT

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UK Internet Service Provider Airband has announced that it has connected the first customer in a scheme that will bring full fibre, superfast broadband services to 14,000 premises in Shropshire, England, by 2020.  "Rural Shropshire suffers with some of the poorest broadband speeds in the UK…

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Could BT be forced to sell off Openreach as UK govt pushes for full fibre roll out?

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT

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The UK government could be prepared to revisit the possibility of separating BT from its network subsidiary Openreach, according to reports in the British press. Sources in Westminster told the Daily Telegraph newspaper that the UK government was becoming "…

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Global round-up - Vodafone India set for post merger rebrand

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT

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India – Vodafone India may seek a new brand identity following its proposed merger with Idea Cellular, according to a report in The Economic Times of India. "There will be a new brand identity — work has started on it," a senior consultant working on the merged company's new identity told the Economic Times, speaking on the condition of anonymity due to non-disclosure agreements.  It is believed that the new brand will not come into force until at least a year after the completion of the proposed merger…

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