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'Faceless' Liberty Global has 'sucked the very soul' out of Virgin Media
Friday, 23 September 2016 17:03

Exclusive Virgin Media staff have voiced widespread discontent over its gobble by Liberty Global, with one describing their new corporate daddy as "faceless change drivers with no concern for the Virgin values," according to a Q&A with senior management this week seen by The Register .

The questions, which were part of the company's quarterly feedback "grill," also reveal extensive staff anxiety over their future, with a major company-wide reorganisation under way and an outsourcing programme of long-serving employees to Ericsson.

Virgin Media was flogged to US cable giant Liberty Global for $23.3bn (£15bn) in 2013. However, given the size

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Watch out, Openreach: CityFibre swallows Redcentric's network for £5m
Monday, 26 September 2016 20:24

Plucky Openreach challenger CityFibre has gobbled £5m worth of service provider Redcentric’s network - adding 137km of fibre to the upstart’s network.

The deal will extend CityFibre’s growth by three more cities to 40, a move it reckons positions it as an "increasingly powerful national competitor to BT Openreach.” The biz intends to reach 50 UK cities by 2020.

CityFibre posted its interim first half 2016 results, with sales up 147 per cent to £6.6m. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization were £0.4m, compared with a £1.8m loss a year ago.

The revenue boost was due to the outfit’s

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Source: nbn™'s fibre-to-the-kerb will be VDSL at 100/40Mbps
Thursday, 29 September 2016 10:01

The Register has learned that the fibre-to-the-distribution-point (FTTdp) technology to be used in Australia's national broadband network (NBN) will use VDSL and be capable of 100/40Mbps speeds.

Sources familiar with nbn™ design decisions tell The Register that nbn™, the company building and operating Australian's NBN, decided on VDSL as a replacement for the Optus hybrid fibre-coax network after realising FTTdp would be cheaper and faster to deploy. But not so fast that we'll see FTTdp launched before 2018.

We further understand that each distribution point will serve one to four premises and that the distribution points will be upgradeable should

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After AT T's crushing blow, FTC tells Senate it wants its balls back
Thursday, 29 September 2016 09:26

US trade watchdog the FTC says it will appeal the August decision stripping its ability to fine AT&T.

In a hearing before the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation this week, FTC chairwoman Edith Ramirez confirmed her agency will challenge the Ninth Circuit Court's ruling that corporations that deliver a common carrier service – such as phone companies and ISPs – do not fall under the jurisdiction of the FTC in any areas.

The ruling overturned a $100m fine brought against AT&T by the FTC after the telco throttled subscribers' broadband without warning.

More importantly, Ramirez argues, it

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BT tops Ofcom's broadband whinge list
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 22:42

BT has topped a UK watchdog's quarterly whinge list for the most moaned about fixed line broadband provider in Blighty.

Communications regulator Ofcom said it received 300 complaints a day for mobile, broadband, phone and Pay TV. The report for the three months to June published today, deals with Blighty's biggest providers.

Virgin Media and Sky Broadband received the lowest number of complaints per 100,000 customers, with seven and five respectively.

Meanwhile BT scored 26 and Plusnet 23 - with the latter having been subject to a number of recent outage gaffes . Yet that is still an improvement on

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nbn™ dumps Optus HFC, will use fibre to the kerb for ≈700k sites
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 18:39

nbn™, the entity building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN) has announced it will overbuild part of the hybrid fibre-coax network it acquired from Optus.

When nbn™ bought the Optus network it proclaimed that doing so “will hasten the rollout of the National Broadband Network … and enable us to complete the rollout much earlier than originally anticipated with less disruption to residents and communities.”

But as nbn™ told The Register during a March charm offensive , the Optus network was not built to carry data and needed remediation to be suitable for broadband.

Documents leaked to Fairfax media

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