A new fiber to the premises (FTTP) joint venture formed by BSkyB, TalkTalk and CityFibre will provide up to 1 Gbps speed broadband in York as a way battle incumbent telco BT with their own broadband network.
I read today that Wally Olins, described as the man who rebranded British Telecom as BT, has died at the age of 83. According to the report in the Guardian, Olins was also "an integral part" of the launch of the Orange brand, and was generally described as the "world's leading practitioner of branding and identity". Yet no brand is irreplaceable it seems, and indeed the European mobile brand landscape has been subtly changing in recent months.
UK operator EE turned up the heat on its rivals by detailing plans to launch the UK's first sub-£100 (€119/$165) LTE smartphone, and confirming it has taken Vodafone's place as the mobile virtual network operator for incumbent BT.
It's been some week in the European telecoms market as mobile operators scramble to consolidate and in the process buy up fixed assets to shore up their mobile businesses. First Vivendi opts for Altice's bid for SFR, and then Vodafone secures Ono. What could be next?
In the UK, a slow broadband connection could drive would-be buyers away from purchasing a new property, reports TechWeek Europe, citing a survey conducted by Rightmove, an online property portal.
Orange Business has regained its standing as the top global Ethernet provider from BT Global Services on Vertical Systems Group's 2013 Global Provider Ethernet Leaderboard.
Windstream has agreed to pay $600,000 to settle a suit with the Georgia Governor's Office of Consumer Protection over claims that the service provider did not deliver the advertised DSL speeds to its users, reports WGCL-TV, a CBS affiliate based in Atlanta.
Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao discussed a multitude of topics during his recent visit to New York, ranging from how much the operator could spend on future acquisitions (up to $40 billion) to whether US operators would be able to do a better job in Europe (unlikely, he said). According to reports, Colao also revealed that Vodafone had turned down a request from Facebook to "zero rate" its content by excluding it from counting towards a subscriber's mobile data plan in certain emerging markets.
Matt Bross has begun his latest adventure, taking on the chairman and CEO role at Compass-EOS, a next-gen router and icPhotonics vendor.
BT's fiber broadband customers reached the 1.9 million mark, up 14 percent, after adding 228,000 net retail customers in its third quarter. The telco now passes over 18 million U.K. premises with its fiber-based broadband network.