Category Archives: Telecommunications

QUAD-SQUAD: New Telco Credo Sparks Acquistitive Streak

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In the wake of BT’s recent moves to acquire EE, followed by Hutchison Whampoa’s Three UK now set to acquire Telefonica O2, the established telecoms apple-cart is well and truly being up-ended as a raft of consolidation, retrenchment and ‘must-have’ anti-dumb pipe ‘quad-play’ offerings appear set for the British telecoms market. But what is most likely to happen and what will the market look like by the end of the year? Continue reading

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Mobile Content Revenues To Hit USD65 billion by 2016 – report

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A variety of laptops, smartphones, tablets and ebook readers arranged. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Juniper Research says tablet purchases, direct carrier billing implementation to fuel growth

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Annual revenue generated from content delivered to mobile handsets and tablets is set to rise by nearly US$25bn over the next three years, reaching US$65bn by 2016, according to a new report from Juniper Research. Continue reading

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Domain name campaigners battle corporate monopoly of gTLDs

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ICANN  (Photot: Wikipedia)

‘Stop Corporate Takeover of Internet Names Petition” launched

ECM Plus +++ An internet activist has launched a petition to prevent large companies control over Chinese, Japanese, English and many other new top internet addresses.

“We believe this is an abuse of the New gTLD Program and it poses great risk of harm to consumers, business, and internet users globally” declares Tom Gilles, NewgTLDsite.com  TLD-vangelist and petition organizer. “These generic category top level domain names such as .app, .book, .music, and others should be open for the general public, not monopolized and closed off for use by one large corporation exclusively at their sole discretion.” Continue reading

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Nine found open wireless group for shared Wi-Fi resources

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New project promotes shared open Wi-Fi with tips and how-to’s

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus /San Francisco/ +++ A new open wireless group has been formed that will open up the airwaves to shared Wi-Fi resources.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and a coalition of nine groups has launched the ‘Open Wireless Movement’, a new project to promote a landscape of shared, wireless Internet. Continue reading

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Britain suffering from inflated data centre pricing – report

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Pricing remains one of highest in Europe, increase in new raised floor space outside the London area will constrain growth in future pricing

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus /London/ +++ A new report published by Tariff Consultancy Ltd (TCL) ‘Data Centre Pricing UK 2012’ reveals that the British data centre market is set to rise by 35 percent to 767,000 square metres of raised floor space by the end of 2017, whilst at the same time, seeing average rack space pricing remaining high at above £800 per month.

According to the report, the main reason for the increase in data centre development is the growth in new campus-based data centres outside London, which will also act as a brake on forecast future average rack space price increases. Continue reading

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ISP finds British ‘bulldog spirit’ alive and well

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Britons proud of being British – Plusnet ISP survey

Plusnet reveals eight out of ten people are proud to be British

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus /London/ +++ Internet Service Provider Plusnet has revealed that 81% of the nation feel proud to be British.

Plusnet commissioned a survey, with focus groups and insights from psychologist Dr. Cliff Arnall, which found that 80% of Brits say family gives them sense of pride.

Plusnet CEO Jamie Ford said: “This year Plusnet changed its strapline to ‘We’ll do you proud’ which, by coincidence, has been a rather fitting move given the events of 2012.”

Added Ford: “We’re certainly a proud nation when it comes to our culture, sense of humour and our heritage. However, it is matters closer to home and the everyday actions of family that generates the biggest sense of pride and here at Plusnet, we’re committed to making our customers proud of the products and services we provide every day.”

 


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Foundation sues over email and phone hacking allegations

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EFF says government ‘withholding information’ about ‘unconstitutional spying’

Washington, D.C. – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) sued the Department of Justice (DOJ) today, demanding answers about illegal email and telephone call surveillance at the National Security Agency (NSA). Continue reading

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British businesses hurt by poor Internet coverage – survey

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Government policy under fire as new survey reveals Internet strategy should focus on coverage not speed

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus /London/ +++ A new report of 1,500 British small businesses reveals that 57 percent stated that the ‘poor quality of their internet access’ is now adversely affecting their ability to do business.

According to the findings, by Freelancer.co.uk, small businesses in Britain are now at odds with Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who reiterated in a speech at the Google Campus building that broadband speed is more important than coverage. Continue reading

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Location data takes centre stage in legal case

U.S. Supreme Court building.

U.S. Supreme Court building.

Government faces new warrantless surveillance battle after losing landmark GPS tracking case as defendant pushes to exclude cell phone location data obtained without a warrant

A federal district court is poised to determine whether the government can use cell phone data obtained without a warrant to establish an individual’s location.

In an amicus brief filed last Monday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) argue that this form of surveillance is just as unconstitutional as the warrantless GPS tracking the U.S. Supreme Court already shot down in this case. Continue reading

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BT back to the bad old days

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The Good Old Days?

Inflation-busting price hikes, your time is up now caller

By GEORGE JEFFERSON

ECM Plus +++ On hearing the news that British Telecom is about to nail a 5 percent price hike on its customers for calls and line rental hearkens back to the dark days of its murky GPO monopoly past.

The old state monopoly is so set in its ways that the idea of innovation and true entrepreneurship are anathema to these people. Continue reading

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BRITISH RIOTS: Blackberry content co-ordinates blitzkrieg strikes

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RIM's Blackberry service under the microscope again

BREAKING NEWS: Encrypted Blackberry devices masterminding orchestrated strikes around the nation

BY ROBERT NEWKET

ECM Plus +++ The ongoing riots and civil unrest escalating across Britain is being orchestrated by a sophisticated, encrypted messaging system, according to reports.

Neither Twitter nor Facebook social media networks are understood to have been used to organise the civil unrest and rioting raging across the country.

And, unlike in the Arab Spring rallies and protests around the Middle East over recent months, where Twitter in particular was cited as being a main part of the organisation of the pro-democracy movements, the British riots are using content distributed via the Messenger service on Research in Motion’s Blackberry handheld mobile communicators. Continue reading

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Amazon and Microsoft outages clatter cloud integrity

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Cloud chaos in blitzkrieg strike

Catastrophic corporatist cloud outages destroying credibility of cloud as a serious business model?

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ In the wake of the dramatic outages at behemoths Amazon and Microsoft’s cloud services, industry heavyweights were quick to weigh in with their take on the ongoing data debacles.

Riccardo Degli Effetti, data centre manager at Rackspace said: “The recent lightning strike in Ireland that has taken down Amazon’s cloud hosting service in the region is a timely reminder that outages occur, no matter how well a technology or technology provider is prepared to prevent it.”  Continue reading

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Data centre conflab to buck Greek trend

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Greece plays host to datacentre investment shindig. Image: Aster-oid

Keynote at Data Centre Southern Europe’s inaugural fourm in Athens tackles key issues

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Christos Alexakis, CEO of Invest in Greece – and an economist with a specialization in financial markets will keynote at the forthcoming DataCentres Southern Europe and Eastern Mediterranean taking place in the Greek capital on 19 September 2011.

Alexakis is a member of the academic community as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics of the Greek University of Piraeus. Continue reading

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Vocal outburst as Tandem taps Sonus at Telehouse

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Vocal outburst at the Telehouse

Neutral Tandem deploys new SIP/IP voice soft-switch in Telehouse in the English capital

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Neutral Tandem has just rolled out a new PSX voice soft-switch from Sonus Networks in one of the world’s largest interconnection hubs, the Telehouse Docklands North location in London, England.

According to the company, th new site proffers Neutral Tandem’s international carrier customers the ability to interconnect via TDM or SIP/IP. Continue reading

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Netcetera nabs gong for best shared host at ISPA love-fest

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Shared hosting lauded in industry awards

British-based web hosting service provider fondles the mantleware in front of peers

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ At the ISPA Awards on Thursday 7th July in London town, organised by the Internet Service Providers’ Association for innovation and best practice, Netcetera’s head honcho Peter Skelton said: “Netcetera has always strived (sic) to lead the industry through innovation, service and excellent value for our customers.” Continue reading

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Three’s company for LSE in City link

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Level 3 connects up London Stock Exchange

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Behemoth telco provider Level 3 is pushing connectivity from a colocation facility at the London Stock Exchange Group’s Data Centre in the City of London.

According to L3, their point-of-presence – PoP – offers connectivity to the world’s leading financial institutions who are co-located within the Exchange Hosting facility, using Level 3’s global network. Continue reading

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Power downtime knocks out some London Internet connectivity

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Net affected as interruption drops customers in London 

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ ISPs were informed Wednesday 27th that Redbus, a main data centre in London, had lost power and was affecting several points of access and connectivity to the Internet, and may also affect people connecting to some ISP servers. Continue reading

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COMMENT: When will accountability be front and centre?

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Shameful News Corp. fiasco plumbs depths of disgusting depravity of institutions

BY PAUL QUIGLEY

ECM Plus +++ As the News Corp woes further unfold, it starts to call into question the whole systemic root of generic institutional accountability where conflict of interests issues are no longer allowed to be smokescreens to stop accountability and compliance being overhauled and independently monitored – true segregation of duties in governance terminology. Continue reading

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WEEKEND PLUS: News Corp woes shadow real issues

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Eavesdropping of voicemails should never have been technically possible in the first place. Image: Joe Howell

Infatuation with celebs and politicians clouds issue of weak data protection laws and further telecoms oversight by independent accountability councils of citizens

BY PAUL QUIGLEY

Truth is the first victim of war.

The disgusting charade that has been paraded this last week or so over the News Corporations’ alleged invasion of people privacy’s tends to mask the real problem. That is, how could this loophole of privacy invasion has been possible in the first place?

Insecure voicemail systems and processes.

And who is it who hosts these systems of privacy invasion? Continue reading

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Power to the people: Ofcom advocates independent voice

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Government backs initiatives for comms people power

Strong independent customer voice vital for the communications market

By ECM Plus staff


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+++ Publishing the 2010-2011 Communications Consumer Panel’s annual report ‘Putting the consumer first: the work of the Communications Consumer Panel’, former Panel Chairman Anna Bradley said she was intensely proud of what the Panel has achieved over the last three years. Continue reading

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WEEKEND PLUS: EFF lawsuit demands ‘secret memo’ be revealed

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EFF submits Freedom of Information Act request

Foundation demands answers about secret surveillance law memo; Justice Department withholding information on controversial legal theory

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) suit against the Department of Justice (DOJ), demanding the release of a secret legal memo used to justify FBI access to Americans’ telephone records without any legal process or oversight. Continue reading

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RFID hacked: TV station finds chips are toast

RFID chip pulled from new credit card

RFID chip pulled from a credit card

Television group reveals serious security flaws with RFID-equipped credit and debit cards

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ A consumer television report into the insecurity of radio frequency ID – or so-called ‘RFID’ -equipped credit and debit card chips has shocked the security industry.

One vendor, SecurEnvoy said the apparent ease with which RFID has been hacked to create a `magic wand’. With the ability for anyone to effectively read RFID cards at a distance clearly demonstrates that RFID is no longers fit for purpose, observers say. Continue reading

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Radio killed the video star? NAB moves to embed FM into mobiles

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FM-radio revival to move mobile content into radio age

Campaign promoting Frequency Modulation band radio-enabled wireless handsets demanding lawmakers halt supporting for Creativity and Innovation resolution

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ U.S. National Association of Broadcasters has just launched a bold new campaign targeted at embedding FM radio into mobile devices.

NAB said the rationale was to provide local news, entertainment as well as emergency information content to information. Continue reading

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OBITER DICTA: Cloud data center chaos set for earthquake catastrophes?

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With a cloud security standards void to bring enterprise disasters closer?

The ostensible absence of universally-agreed cloud security standards and SLAs for enterprises who venture forth into the sexy and hip cloud outsourcing trend, without implementing an adequate risk assesment profile, is a recipe for digital data centre disaster. Continue reading

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OBITER DICTA: Will search blow hards blow it in billion dollar buy-up?

News emanating from the FT that search engine software firm Google is in the throes of snapping up some US$900 million worth of paper, the value put on a pile of intellectual property and patents in the rusty filing cabinets of moribund mobile telecom vendor Nortel is a big surprise indeed.

Surprise? Indeed. Nortel was never renowned for its pioneering smartphones, more for its base stations and other infrastructure hardware. Continue reading

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