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Ofcom: Oi, BT! Don't be greedy – feed dark fibre to your rivals
Monday, 18 May 2015 17:30

Britain's communications watchdog wants BT to open up its fibre broadband network to rival telcos.

The one-time national telecoms giant responded negatively to Ofcom's proposals, which were floated on Friday.

BT claimed that "mandating dark fibre" could "disadvantage" ISPs that do not have the "capability to deploy" the technology.

But budget telco TalkTalk welcomed the plans, which could be applied across the country, except in central London and Hull where "sufficient competition" is already in place, according to Ofcom.

TalkTalk's chief Dido Harding said:

"For too long BT has been able to get away with delivering poor service to Britain's

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EEeeeeek, complaints! Ofcom roasts BT-wannabe-spouse
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 21:59

EE was the most moaned-about ISP for the final nine months of 2014, Blighty's communications watchdog Ofcom said this morning.

The operator, which awaits regulatory approval for its planned nuptials with telecoms giant BT later this year, was lobbed more customer complaints about its broadband and landline services than any of its rivals.

Ofcom said that it was now including data on its grizzly gripe graphs for carriers with a subscriber market share of at least 1.5 per cent, which explains why mobile operator EE had made it on to the broadband and landline lists.

BT-owned Plusnet has similarly been

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Verizon: fibre is MUCH cheaper than copper, we're going all-FTTP
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 10:58
Three Telstra vans restore one line

Verizon doesn't need this kind of truck roll on its FTTP network

Verizon has put the latest numbers on its fibre-versus-copper experience, and found that glass beats metal on all counts.

Without giving a timeframe, the company has told a conference in Orlando that its experience across seven central offices (CO, or for Australians, telephone exchanges) areas is so compelling it's going to roll fibre to the premises in the remainder of its 2,000 COs.

LightReading gives the numbers from

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Arianespace: NBN sats will orbit this year – PROMISE*
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 10:17

The delayed national broadband network (NBN) satellite launch will happen in 2015, Arianespace reckons.

The launch outfit has told multiple outlets there's little prospect of further delays to the launch, which will fill in the rural and remote black-spots on the NBN's coverage map, and will alleviate the capacity constraints that have plagued the interim service.

Originally slated for June this year, the launch was moved back when a co-passenger on that launch pulled out. Rather than buy a dedicated launch, nbn TM decided to wait for a new shared-launch date.

nbn TM had previously struck delays in negotiating its

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Choose Deutsche Telekom for all your bargain spying needs
Thursday, 21 May 2015 19:29

An Austrian newspaper has published what it claims is evidence that Deutsche Telekom spied on Vienna for German spooks for the miserly sum of just €6,500 a year.

On Tuesday, Peter Pilz publicly accused Deutsche Telekom of listening in on telephone and internet lines from Vienna, Luxembourg, Prague, Moscow and Ankara and passing the information on to the German national intelligence agency, the BND.

The document , secured by Pilz and published by Kronen Zeitung (known locally as “the Krone”), dates from March 2004. In it, Deutsche Telekom undertakes to pass on information “originating outside the Federal Republic of Germany”

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100s of Virgin Media customers hit by handset repair glitch, telco admits
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 22:02

Virgin Media has admitted to The Register that hundreds of its mobile customers were left without their handsets for weeks due to a "glitch" with its repair service.

The company has also confessed to us that it was yet to process roughly 100 outstanding repairs for its frustrated subscribers, some of whom have been complaining about the gaffe since late March.

One of our readers who flagged up the blunder to El Reg labelled Virgin Media's processing system failure "a major clusterfuck".

We've also heard that the mobile wing of Virgin Media, which is owned by US cable giant Liberty

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