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Is BT going Mobile?

Telecommunications giant BT has been in the news a considerable amount recently, especially when it comes to their broadband services. Many are claiming that the company is unfairly monopolising the market while not providing customers promised service levels, which is why they may find it surprising that the company is planning on expanding into the mobile industry.

3 · DEC ·20140

Are mobile networks our next weather stations?

Within the telecommunication industry we are aware of some of the external problems that can affect our last mile access networks. During my 16 years working in these circles, I’ve witnessed everything from DSL slowing down due to frost, to a wireless networks poor performance being blamed on the heat. Interestingly, it looks like researchers in the Netherlands have figured out...

4 · MAR ·20130

BT entering a Niche to get a hearty slice of the 4G pie

At the end of a complex bidding process, the 4G auction has its victors and has raised £2.34bn for the public purse. About 90% less than the price paid at the 3G sale 13 years ago - at the height of the dot-com bubble. It's also more than £1bn short of what the chancellor...

27 · FEB ·20130

Is the Internet Code of Practice a good idea?

The topic of net neutrality has been hot in the press in recent years and more so in the past few; not only have there been legislations put in place to block illegal websites, such as pirate bay. But, last week saw the release of a new voluntary Open Internet Code of Practice (OICP); its presence is designed to tackle...

1 · AUG ·20120

Pirate Bay Blockade: The latest tussle between record labels and the internet

TalkTalk confirmed this week that they have officially joined the ‘Pirate Bay Blockade’, becoming the fifth ISP do to so (along with SKY, Virgin Media and O2) following an April High Court hearing which ordered ISP’s to block the infamous bit torrent website. BT are expected to follow suit imminently. The Pirate Bay Blockade represents the latest attempt by record labels...

14 · JUN ·20121

Mobile providers join forces to create joint platform for “Wave to Pay” technology

Over the next few years we may well be paying for our goods by using our mobile phone. This is a concept that has been around for a while, and now  looks as though it’s finally happening. Over the last fortnight Orange/ T-Mobile , Vodafone and O2 have agreed to create a single platform to support mobile transactions. This step...

4 · JUL ·20110

Telecoms market ripe for further M&A activity

The telecoms market has witnessed a sizable proliferation in mergers and acquisitions over the last couple of years. The acquisition of BE by O2, and Cable and Wirelesses’ buy out of Bulldog remain the most prominent in my mind. But among others we’ve also seen big players like Tiscali and Easynet be bought out by Carphone Warehouse and Sky respectively,...

31 · AUG ·20100

Annex-M opens a world of opportunities

With the wide availability of Annex-M technology on the O2 network, new opportunities should be opening up to wholesalers. With bandwidth hungry technologies such as remote backup, database replication and FTP, high upload is a key factor in delivering these services to business. However, reliability is also a key requirement, and for the first time businesses can feel confident...

11 · OCT ·20090