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Telecoms News

December 31, 2010

China to block Skype

by Brian Turner
According to Chinese media, the country's Ministry of Information and Industry Technology will seek to block Western VoIP providers. The aim is apparently to safeguard existing Chinese telecoms operators, not least China Telecom and China Unicom, against low-cost outside competition. However, some people have suggested the news is simply part of increasingly aggressive censorship of the internet by Chinese authorities. Last year internet ...

December 13, 2010

Shoretel announces new CEO

by Brian Turner
IP provider Shoretel has announced today that its board of directors has named Peter Blackmore as the company’s president and chief executive officer. Blackmore was most recently president, CEO and a member of the board of directors of UTStarcom, Inc., a provider of Internet protocol-based network solutions. There, he focused UTStarcom’s strategy to capitalise on opportunities in China and India. Before ...

July 1, 2010

Portugal uses ‘golden shares’ to block Telefonica’s Vivo bid

by Janet Harris
The Lisbon government has vetoed Telefónica’s €7.15bn bid to buy out Portugal Telecom from Vivo, a Brazil-based mobile phone joint venture. The government used Portugal’s ‘golden shares’ to block the bid, going against the wishes of 74 per cent of shareholders who voted in favour of the offer. The golden shares give the state veto rights over strategically important company ...

June 24, 2010

Telefonica sells stake in Portugal Telecom

by Janet Harris
Telefonica of Spain is reported to have sold an 8 per cent stake in Portugal Telecom, leaving it with a 2% interest in the company. The deal was reported by Portuguese business daily Jornal de Negocios on Wednesday. Telefonica is bidding for Portugal Telecom’s stake in Vivo Participacoes SA, Brazil’s biggest wireless operator, leading to claims that it sold its stake ...

June 14, 2010

Polariq aquired by Xtera Communications

by Janet Harris
Polariq Ltd, a UK-based optical fiber company, has been acquired by US-based Xtera Communications, Inc. Polariq specialises in solutions for polarisation mode dispersion (PMD), which causes random spreading of optical pulses in optical fiber and limits the rate at which data can be transmitted over a fiber. "PMD and polarization phenomena have been lifelong issues for the optical communications industry," said Stuart ...

June 11, 2010

Daisy Group acquires Fone Logistics

by Janet Harris
Lancashire based Daisy Group has acquired Newcastle upon Tyne based Fone Logistics for £3.6 million, continuing its rapid growth. The takeover is in line with Daisy’s strategy to consolidate the fragmented communications market. The group has now spent more than £250 million on acquisitions in the past year, including Eurotel and Redstone Telecom. The addition of Fone to the group will enhance Daisy’s ...

June 5, 2010

BT with green plans

by David Allen
The phone and broadband provider BT have some long term green plans with a goal of reducing its greenhouse gases by 80 per cent for 2020! However, the company have announced that it has already managed to cut the amount of greenhouse gasses that it creates by 54 per cent since the ...

June 3, 2010

BT will keep control of fibre broadband network

by David Allen
New regulations being brought in by the EU will hand the balance of power back to BT, giving the company greater control over how competitors access the new fibre optic broadband network. Currently with copper network there is a system known as Local Loop Unbundling (LLU) where other broadband providers access the ...

May 27, 2010

KCOM back in the black

by David Allen
The broadband and phone service provider KCOM, who were formally known as Kingston Communications, have made a return to profits following large losses in the previous year. The company reports a pre tax profit £19.2 million for the year ending in March, the previous year’s results showed a loss of £111 million. According to the executive Chairman Bill Halbert, KCOM ...

May 18, 2010

BT reports better than expected profit

by Janet Harris
BT Group reported a stronger-than-forecast fiscal fourth-quarter profit of 208 million pounds compared with a loss of £1.01 billion in the same period of the previous year. The previous year’s result included a one-off charge of £1.3 billion charge in its global services division. BT was helped by a 16% fall in labour costs ...

May 14, 2010

Axis Network Technology Acquired by South Korea’s Ace

by Janet Harris
Axis Network Technology Ltd of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, has been purchased by South Korean companies Ace Technologies Corp and Ace & Partners for USD 35 million. Ace Technologies has acquired 55% of Axis, while Ace & Partners purchased 45%. The deal will expand Ace’s wireless network business with the addition of Remote Radio Heads. The will strengthen the company’s platform for compact ...

May 11, 2010

Everything Everywhere … Everybody?

by Janet Harris
A new company, with the grand ambition of giving its customers instant access to everything, everywhere, has been created through the merger of T-Mobile and Orange UK. Everything Everywhere will have over 30 million customers and will offer a single super-network to give customers better coverage. ...

May 4, 2010

Alcatel-Lucent announces 21CN deal with BT

by Janet Harris
Alcatel-Lucent has entered into a five-year agreement with BT for an evolution of BT’s superfast 21st Century Network (21CN). The deal will utilise Alcatel-Lucent’s High Leverage NetworkTM (HLN) architecture and transformational services. This will enhance BT’s infrastructure in preparation for the introduction of new video-rich services to wholesale and retail subscribers. The technology will increase ...

April 30, 2010

Hitron Announces 1 Gigabit Fibre Router

by Janet Harris
Taiwan based Hitron Technologies Inc plans to launch a high-end fibre router with guaranteed Gigabit capability at ANGA cable, Europe’s leading Trade Fair for cable, broadband and satellite. The GVE-39320 router will allow telcos, ISPs and cable operators with fibre to easily provide high-speed internet access. The router consistently delivers broadband speeds of up to 958Mbps because of its ...

April 21, 2010

Xantaro opens London office

by Janet Harris
Xantaro, a German service integrator, has launched its international expansion strategy with the opening of a London office. The London office, at 15 Old Bailey, is close to some of Xantaro’s international clients, such as euNetworks. The company already has operations in Hamburg, Cologne, Frankfurt on the Main and Munich. Xantaro is expanding due to increased demand for its services from ...

April 19, 2010

Pay talks continue at O2 UK and BT

by Janet Harris
The Communications Workers Union (CWU) is in ongoing talks over pay with both O2 and BT in the UK. Talks at Telefonica O2 UK over the introduction of an improved pay offer, as well as a pay progression scheme are said to be proceeding positively, with the company considering the union’s proposals. The union hopes the pay offer will be ...

April 7, 2010

UK’s i3 Group moves into in North America

by Janet Harris
The i3 Group, which pioneered a method of deploying fibre optic cable through the sewer network, is establishing a subsidiary in North America. i3’s FS System offers significant cost savings compared with digging up roads to lay cables and is also quicker. The company has recently launched a 100Mbps Fibre Optic broadband network in Bournemouth. Its US subsidiary, i3 America, will be ...

March 31, 2010

Mirada in IBE 360º deal with Piramide

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News Spanish interactive company Mirada has commercialised its new IBE 360º solution, using local producer Pirámide. The agreement between Mirada and Pirámide will see new business models created. The new solutions are designed to work for advertising agencies, advertisers themselves and media companies. The agreement brings to Spain the first technological solution which synchronises the audiovisual content among the ...

March 30, 2010

Vodafone expands with TDC and Verizon

by Janet Harris
Vodafone has extended its partnership with communications solutions provider TDC to include Sweden and Norway, with effect from 1 April. The non-equity Partners Market agreement has covered Denmark since 2001. The new agreement gives TDC exclusive access to a range of co-branded products, services and devices from Vodafone, the acquisition of enterprise customers ...

March 29, 2010

Vodafone claims Sure Signal gaining ground

by Janet Harris
Vodafone claims that its Sure Signal service, launched back in July 2009 as Vodafone Access Gateway, is now gaining popularity with businesses. The service is designed to make sure that businesses have a strong indoor, 3G phone signal anywhere in the UK. Vodafone Sure Signal (VSS) plugs straight into any home or office broadband ...

March 25, 2010

Telekom Malaysia launches UniFi triple-play services

by Rapid TV News
Website: Rapid TV News Telekom Malaysia (TM) has launched its next-generation high-speed broadband service, which has been partly government-financed through a Public-Private-Partnership. The new network includes a relaunch of TM’s IPTV offering, HyppTV. TM’s new UniFi offering comprises triple-play services of high speed internet, IPTV and phone, with speeds of 5Mbps, 10Mbps and 20Mbps on offer. The IPTV service which makes ...

March 23, 2010

Venue IT and Etherlive to merge

by Janet Harris
Venue IT and Etherlive, providers of telecoms and IT services to the events industry, are to merge. Chris Green, Managing Director at Etherlive said: “With our strong technology background and Venue IT’s events history and experience, we’re a great fit. “Having worked successfully together for a year and a half on a number of projects, the most logical step was ...

March 22, 2010

Aquiss offers free broadband to former Entanet customers

by Janet Harris
Aquiss Broadband is trying to attract customers who have recently been migrated away from the Entanet Wholesale network, by offering them 1 month’s free broadband. Only customers with a valid MAC Key can migrate to Aquiss, and will be placed on a product based upon the Entanet wholesale network. Customers need to use the promotional code of "ENTADEAL" during signup ...

March 18, 2010

Cambridge Broadband Networks named top UK R&D company

by Janet Harris
The UK Government has recognised Cambridge Broadband Networks for its investment in research and development (R&D;). The Cambridge-based mobile network microwave backhaul specialist has been named in ‘The Department for Business Innovation and Skills’ 2009 R&D; Scoreboard as one of the top 50 technology hardware and equipment sector companies. The company was recognised for its USD$6.7m investment in research and ...

March 17, 2010

Polycom announces new video collaboration solution

by Janet Harris
Polycom, Inc. has announced the first standards-based collaboration solution which combines real-time visual communication, video streaming and video content distribution. The solution is designed to facilitate communication and collaboration between a geographically diverse, mobile workforce. The solution is based on a new, scalable video content platform which allows organisations to cost-effectively create and efficiently distribute live and on-demand video content and ...

March 10, 2010

aql announces new partnerships

by Janet Harris
aql has announced a partnership with Data Select, a leading UK distributor of mobile phones, accessories and airtime. The deal makes Data Select an integral part of the supply chain following a year in which aql has “unbundled” 3 UK’s network, selling wholesale minutes and data access into the network. As an MVNO-Enabler aql can build virtual networks and ...

March 9, 2010

Cisco changes the Internet?

by Janet Harris
Following a claim that it was going to “forever change the internet”, Cisco Systems has announced new-generation switching and router hardware that delivers an amazing 322 terabits per second. Cisco claims that the CRS 3 carrier router will allow the entire printed collection of the Library of Congress to be downloaded in just over a second. The technology promises to solve ...

Vodafone announces UK job cuts

by Janet Harris
Vodafone is planning to cut 375 jobs in the UK as part of efforts to save £1 billion. The cuts will affect back office roles while 170 new customer-facing roles will be created. The move, which is designed to improve and simplify services, has been criticised by unions as a ‘disgraceful’ way to treat employees. ...

March 4, 2010

Ofcom calls for transparency on Internet traffic management

by Janet Harris
Speaking at the Cable Congress 2010 in Brussels, Ofcom’s chief executive, Ed Richards announced that the regulator would look at the way ISP’s manage Internet traffic. In light of Europe’s decision to adopt region-wide telecoms legislation, Ofcom wants to ensure that net neutrality is protected in the UK and that competition is also safeguarded. Ofcom will investigate whether ISPs discriminate against ...

March 3, 2010

Which? Names Zen ‘Best Best Buy for Broadband’

by Janet Harris
UK ISP, Zen Internet, has been named ‘Best Buy for Broadband’ by Which? for the 5th consecutive year. It total Zen has won this accolade nine times and is currently the only ISP to gain this status. Which? said: “Zen Internet continues to impress and is the only service we recommend as a Best Buy”. Zen clocked up five stars ...

March 1, 2010

Telefónica O2 Ireland and Mimecast offer Cloud-based email

by Jan Harris
Mimecast®, the leading email management specialist, today announced that it has formed an alliance with Telefónica O2 Ireland, a leading provider of mobile services in the Irish marketplace. The partnership will allow Telefónica O2 Ireland to resell Mimecast’s Cloud-based email management services to business customers to complement their in-house email resources. For Mimecast, the Telefónica O2 Ireland partnership represents another significant milestone ...

February 25, 2010

Prysmian to expand in China and India

by Jan Harris
Global cables giant Prysmian has revealed that it has ambitious plans to grow its market presence in both China and India as part of a global expansion programme. Speaking at the FTTH Council conference in Lisbon today, the group’s telecoms business director Hakan Ozmen said that although Prysmian already had facilities in China and major customers including China Unicom, China Telecom ...

LINX connection helps Bhutan Telecom to grow

by Jan Harris
Bhutan Telecom, the first network to join the London Internet Exchange from the country of Bhutan, has had such success in peering at LINX since joining in 2008, it has had to significantly upgrade its capacity. As one of the 350 members connected at LINX from 50 countries, Bhutan Telecom is able to peer with the wide range of international networks ...

Vodafone UK appoints new Consumer Director

by Jan Harris
Srini Gopalan will join Vodafone UK as Consumer Director responsible for the UK’s Consumer Business Unit and its P&L.; Srini joins from T Mobile UK where he was Chief Marketing Officer for the last eight months. Prior to this, he was UK Managing Director of Capital One, part of Capital One Group, one of the ...

February 16, 2010

Polycom supports H.264 High Profile video compression technology

by Jan Harris
Polycom, Inc. today announced support for a breakthrough, standards-based video compression technology, H.264 High Profile, that will reduce the bandwidth requirements for high-definition (HD) telepresence and standard definition (SD) video conferencing by as much as 50 percent, representing substantial network bandwidth cost savings for customers. The reduced bandwidth requirements will also serve as a catalyst for broader video deployments, creating a ...

February 15, 2010

Openwave introduces Smart Policy network management system

by Jan Harris
Openwave Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: OPWV), a global software innovator delivering context-aware mediation and messaging solutions that enable communication service providers and the broader ecosystem to create and deliver smarter services, today announced Openwave® Smart Policy, a context-aware smart policy management solution that is designed to help operators better monitor and manage their network utilization at a user, device and application ...

February 12, 2010

Support Telecom helps hospice slash phone bill

by Jan Harris
St Luke’s Hospice in Basildon has seen an 80% saving in its phone bill by working with Support Telecom, a charity partner programme set up by local entrepreneur Mike Allison to reduce charities’ phone bills. Mike, who has been in the telecoms business for over 20 years, came up with the idea for Support Telecom while cycling across Iceland raising funds ...

February 11, 2010

Virgin Media launches BT rival

by Jan Harris
Virgin Media Business launched today, outlining plans to shake up the UK business telecoms market. The company has set out an ambitious strategy to capitalise on a track record of double digit growth over the last three years. By growing business data and bringing the Virgin philosophy of innovation and brilliant customer service to the business telecoms market, the company is positioned ...

February 9, 2010

Vaioni recruiting sales agents and resellers

by Jan Harris
Vaioni a leading Global Ethernet service provider is on a mission to recruit sales agents and resellers who are struggling to service customers with quality Ethernet services across the UK and the rest of the globe. The time has arrived for sales agents and resellers to take full advantage of Vaioni’s extraordinary Ethernet, voice and ISP portfolio. Sachin Vaish of Vaioni says: ...

Octasic Announces Second Generation DSP Core

by Jan Harris
Octasic Inc., a leading innovator of media processing and wireless solutions, today announced its second generation Opus2 DSP core, a high-performance, ultra-low power, asynchronous DSP architecture optimized for baseband processing and multimedia transcoding. To facilitate customer evaluation of the core, Octasic is making available an integrated development environment with support for multi-standard cellular infrastructure applications. The Opus2 core, based on Octasic's unique ...

Cisco and TANDBERG announce telepresence integration

by Jan Harris
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) and TANDBERG (OSLO: TAA) today provided details about the integrated product portfolio that will be unveiled after the close of Cisco's voluntary public cash offer to acquire all outstanding shares in TANDBERG. Cisco and TANDBERG remain competitors until close. The companies anticipate regulatory approval in the first half of calendar year 2010. Cisco and TANDBERG believe that competition and ...

February 8, 2010

Thales Upgrades Datacryptor Ethernet Layer 2 Network Encryptors

by Jan Harris
Thales, leader in information systems and communications security, announces that its Datacryptor 100 Mbps and 1 Gbps Ethernet Layer 2 network encryptors now have the capability to operate in multipoint, fully meshed environments, enabling organizations to reduce their information security cost. This newly added multipoint capability enables any one node in the network to securely connect simultaneously to any other node, ...

February 5, 2010

Eight of the top ten LTE equipment vendors use Capesso

by Jan Harris
Symena, the market leader in automatic cell planning (ACP) tools, announced today that it has delivered Capesso™ LTE to eight of the top ten LTE equipment vendors for use in designing the next generation of radio networks. Capesso™ LTE is being used to design networks in Europe, Asia and North America with the market leading tools ATOLL from Forsk and Mentum ...

Tektronix brings new products to NAB 2010

by Jan Harris
The new VQNet™ Video Service Assurance Manager and IPM400A network probe, are designed to empower cable, telco and broadcast operators to proactively detect and resolve customer impacting problems across their IP networks. Providing views across entire facilities and networks, VQNet™ can be incorporated into existing workflows. It presents key information in terms operation staff can easily understand and take action to resolve. This ...

February 3, 2010

Artic Connect and Paradial partner for Hosted Videoconferencing

by Jan Harris
Arctic Connect Ltd has strengthened it's service platform with Paradial’s RealTunnel Firewall/NAT traversal solution. The enhanced service enables users to communicate across organizations with high definition video and audio calls - even when located behind strict corporate firewalls. The service is interoperable with equipment from a range of videoconferencing vendors – including LifeSize, Polycom, and Tandberg and also includes a high definition ...

February 2, 2010

Edge Telecom Acquires Invomo With Support From Harelequin Finance

by Jan Harris
Edge Telecom (www.edgetelecom.co.uk), the UK national telecommunication service provider, has recently completed two successful acquisitions – that will see it improve its offering and increase its turnover – thanks to the acquisition support provided by Harlequin Corporate Finance (www.harlequincf.co.uk). Edge Telecom, which is the brand name for the GCI Telecom Group, has recently bought telecoms service provider Invomo for an undisclosed ...

February 1, 2010

Timico acquires NewNet Plc

by Jan Harris
Business Internet Service Provider, Timico, today announced a move that will further strengthen its position as a leading provider of next generation internet and communications services to the UK business community. "The acquisition of NewNet plc allows us to fulfill our objective of further increasing the size and value of our business by enhancing our range of connectivity and hosting services ...

January 29, 2010

NTT Europe Expands Global IP Transit Network in Europe

by Jan Harris
NTT Europe, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NTT Communications (NTT Com) overseeing operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa, today announced that it has extended its Global IP Transit Service into Spain, terminating its Global Tier 1 IP Backbone in Interxion’s Madrid data centre. Interxion is a leading European operator of carrier-neutral data centres. The new service went live on 1st December 2009. NTT ...

January 28, 2010

TeleWare deploys Private Mobile Network for innovITSADVANCE

by Jan Harris
TeleWare, the leading provider of intelligent communication solutions to businesses and service providers, today announced the new deployment of a Private Mobile Network for innovITSADVANCE. Private Mobile Networks Ltd (a wholly-owned subsidiary of the TeleWare Group), has designed, developed and will implement a cellular-based private communications network that meets the communication needs of the facility. The solution is due to go live ...

New EU telecoms body starts work

by Jan Harris
A new EU body tasked with boosting the EU single market for telecoms has met for the first time today. Malcolm Harbour, the chairman of the European Parliament's internal market committee for the European Conservatives and Reformists group was present at the launch. Mr Harbour told the regulators from all 27 member states that the new Body of European Regulators for Electronic ...