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Crap London broadband gets the sewer treatment
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 00:39

London's Victorian sewer network is to be made accessible to fibre cables under a deal between SSE Enterprise Telecoms and Thames Water.

The agreement means SSE has managed to circumnavigate any reliance on BT's Openreach network, having said it has been frustrated by the slow progress made on opening up the former state monopoly's "dark fibre" network.

Earlier this month the UK's Competition Appeals Tribunal (CAT) ruled that Ofcom had to redraft its entire approach to its proposals to force Openreach to open its unlit fibre network to ISPs. That followed a ruling by the CAT in July that Ofcom

AT T, Verizon agree to hop into bed and thrust new erections over US
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 08:52

US telco giants AT&T and Verizon are joining forces to install cellphone towers throughout America.

The nation's two top mobile carriers say they will be teaming up with phone mast builders Tillman Infrastructure to put up a network of hundreds of towers around the US with the aim of using them to hold both cellular voice and wireless broadband equipment.

Under the deal, Tillman will construct the towers to specs agreed on by AT&T and Verizon, then lease them to the telcos through a coanchoring deal. The two carriers say the new towers will be built in both existing markets

BT boss: Yeah, making a business case for 5G is hard
Thursday, 16 November 2017 23:00

Chief exec of BT, Gavin Patterson, has admitted the telco is struggling to make a business case for 5G investment, given the huge costs of getting the network off the ground.

Speaking at the Huawei Global Mobile Broadband Forum in London, Patterson said: “I talk to other CEOs around the world... and we’ve all been struggling a little bit to make the business case work.”

He said the shift to 5G will involve "significant investment" and capital expenditure. "We've got to finish the job on 4G, and we've got to make sure we get the return on investment [on that]."

Hardware headwinds hurt Cisco as revenue dips two per cent in Q1
Thursday, 16 November 2017 12:22

Cisco suffered a decline in revenue for Q1 2018, weighed down by ongoing weakness in its switch and router business.

The company reported first quarter 2018 revenue of US$12.1 billion, which was two per cent down on the first quarter 2017. Total product revenue of $9.05 was down three per cent year-on-year, while services grew one per cent to $3.08 billion.

A recent reorganisation of Cisco's reporting structure means switches and routers are now a single reporting line called "Infrastructure Platforms"; the others are "Applications", "Security", the snappily-named "Other Products", and "Services".

Here's how each fared:

Infrastructure platforms $6,970 (4%)
Ads watchdog tells Plusnet: There's no way unlimited business broadband costs £4.50
Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:04

Two Plusnet adverts selling business broadband have been ruled "misleading" by the UK Advertising Standards Agency.

The ads, which were seen on Facebook in March, had headlines claiming unlimited business broadband from £4.50 a month. But the small print said an extra £10.50 a month would be required in line rental.

Plusnet defended the ad, claiming that because the adverts were aimed at business users, who they described as having a "higher level of competence and knowledge than a typical consumer", the exclusion of line rental from the headline price was acceptable.

Domestic broadband prices in advertising have to include

TalkTalk sees red after chucking £75m on restructuring bonfire
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 21:33

Beleaguered Brit ISP TalkTalk's half-year results have plunged into the red, reporting pre-tax losses of £75m due to major restructuring costs.

Sales fell 5 per cent to £856m from £902m the year before.

The firm attributed a chunk of those losses to a £31m bill in associated costs for overhauling its mobile phone business following its announcement in May to "reassess" its mobile strategy .

Net exceptional costs were incurred in relation to decommissioning, asset write-offs, provision releases, onerous supplier commitments and redundancies, said the business.

TalkTalk also took a £59m exceptional charge for costs "associated with implementing changes to

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