Category Broadband

NTT to demo new subsea cable fibre-optic system at 1.44 petabit

Blink and you’ll more than miss it System equates to the simultaneous transmission of 5,000 HDTV films in one second 12 cores in a square lattice optimises capacity of standard 125 micron fibre But…. commercial deployment is 10 years away Submarine cables may not be the sexiest of technologies but they are robust, dependable, they […]

SK Telecom’s new USD 4.2 billion push into AI and IoT tech

South Korea’s biggest mobile carrier pledges huge invstment over just three years Aims to grow IoT and machine learning ecosystem 5G will be an important component SK Telecom, the Republic of Korea’s biggest mobile carrier, is to spend 5 trillion won (US$4.2 billion) over the next three years on artificial intelligence, or machine learning, and IoT. […]

UK regulator Ofcom lays out plans for ‘full-fibre’ rollout

Consultation on physical infrastructure access (PIA) in the UK market Simpler and cheaper access to BT’s network for competitors to lay ultrafast broadband Full-fibre broadband coverage just 2 per cent in the UK It wants “full-fibre, ultrafast broadband to be widely available in the UK” UK regulator Ofcom has commenced its consultation phase as part […]

Why G.fast interoperability is key to reaping the benefits of the ‘Gigabit Era’

With Ovum analysts forecasting that ITU’s ultra-fast copper technology, G.fast, will support nearly 29 million subscribers by 2021, interoperability between chipsets (for Customer Premises Equipment and Distribution Point Units) is a complex but absolutely vital component for the industry when deploying the technology. This is the message that I will be delivering on behalf of the Broadband […]

First commercial G.fast launch in Europe

Swisscom announced that it has launched Europe’s first commercial G.fast service in Switzerland. Today, 1,000 customers are using a G.fast connection, which can reach speeds of 500Mbps. “According to our current planning there will be about 100,000 G.fast connections [by] end of 2017,” Armin Schädeli, a spokesman for Swisscom, told ITU News. RELATED: G.fast: providers […]

Zain, UNHCR and Facebook collaborate to support Connectivity for Refugees initiative in Jordan

More than 724,000 refugees to receive free high-speed internet access for five years Initiative addresses the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) At the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development meeting in New York held on 18 September 2016, Zain Group, a mobile operator across the Middle East and Africa, announced a collaboration with the United […]

The Highways of Tomorrow

In the first of three blogs this week that will feature some of the expert insights from the forthcoming 2016 State of Broadband Commission Report, Sunil Bharti Mittal, the founder and chairman of Bharti Enterprises, describes how his company, Bharti Airtel Limited, is building a network to bring broadband connectivity to a billion people in India […]