Category Broadband

China’s One Belt, One Road can improve lives at scale through ICT investment

As China embarks on its One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative to reinvigorate key international trade routes through massive infrastructure projects, one of the most important investment areas will be information and communication technologies (ICTs). ICTs form the backbone of today’s digital economy. They enable the work of industries and services, governments, businesses and citizens. […]

FCC’s Pai launches plans to revise net neutrality rules

The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai has launched a broad plan to revise the Obama administration’s net neutrality rules, which were enacted in 2015 to help ensure that all online content is treated the same by broadband service providers in the U.S. The FCC’s plan would “reverse utility-style regulation for broadband providers […]

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 […]