Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom fill 2,000 German 4G grey spots

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Back in 2019, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Deutschland, and Telefonica Deutschland signed a joint agreement to tackle areas of Germany with no 4G coverage at all, known as ‘white spots’. This encompassed the building and sharing of around 6,000 new mobile sites around the country, though only the sites&rsquo…

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Three ways for your ISP to tackle UK broadband compensation for cost-effective customer care

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Although coronavirus lightened some regulations, Ofcom is now getting back to business as usual and even more focused on ensuring Telco compensation. As the pandemic proved, broadband connection is a must-have in our lives. Over 90% of UK Telco customers are part of the scheme with major Telcos joining like BT, Virgin Media, Sky, EE, Hyperoptic, TalkTalk, Vodafone (Openreach customers only), Utility Warehouse, and Zen Internet. 
Together with the rising international cry for broadband consumer rights, compensation is fast becoming a necessity. Subscribers demand payment for loss of service, slow repairs, delayed installations and missed technician appointments. To meet regulations, ISPs must automatically pay broadband customers when things go wrong. It’s thus crucial to ensure your ISP is ready for the inevitable change. Let&rsquo…

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Senegal’s SHARE subsea cable is one step closer to completion

The 720km SHARE cable will connect Dakar in Senegal and Praia in Cape Verde. The system, which has a total design capacity of 16Tbps, is expected to be ready for service in Q1 2022…

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EE UK Bundles FTTP with up to 12 Months Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

New customers of UK ISP and mobile operator EE, specifically those taking out one of their top two Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based “Fibre Max” (500Mbps to 900Mbps) broadband plans, may be pleased to learn that they can now receive up to 12 months’ Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, as well as unlimited mobile gaming data. The Xbox […]

BAI Communications and Mavenir team up for Sunderland smart city project

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Mavenir, the Network Software Provider building the future of networks with cloud-native software that runs on any cloud and transforms the way the world connects, today announced that BAI Communications (BAI), a global communications infrastructure provider, will be launching a Smart City project for Sunderland City Council in the north of England (UK), powered by Mavenir’s MAVedge solution.
BAI Communications will build a new 5G centric network to accelerate adoption of transformative digital services for sectors including manufacturing and logistics, education and social care. The initial scope is for the deployment of a city-centre 5G private network which has the potential to evolve and become a neutral host network…

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FCS Comms Provider – Preparing for the All-IP Future – 25th November 2021

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When – 25th November
Time – 1.00 – 4.00pm
Where – Virtual Conference
Subject – “Preparing for the All-IP Future”

This year’s FCS Comms Provider is a ‘must attend’ event for our CP members who wish to understand more as they consider key aspects of the industry move towards an All-IP world and the impact on their own business model. The opportunity for members to hear from top-level speakers, providing real ‘big picture’ perspectives, is unique amongst trade bodies in the industry.

Our agenda is structured into the three sessions detailed below.

Regulatory Environment in the All IP World
The first section of our FCS Comms Provider event focuses on the Regulation and Legal environment in the new All-IP world.
There are many changes for Communication Providers such as the new EECC regulatory requirements, which include major changes to Fixed Voice and Broadband switching. There are still many unanswered questions, such as what will happen in the business market with regards to switching, now that Ofcom have announced the switching regulation change is for residential consumers only. This will still impact the business market, and resellers will need to understand those impacts. We will have speakers from Ofcom and the OTA discussing some of the key new regulations in this section of the event agenda.

We also have a new Telecoms Security Bill going through parliament,  which will impact our members and we have Will Jones from the DCMS discussing the bill and Danny Preiskel from Prieskels & Co to talk about the Legal impacts on our members.

Confirmed speakers:
• Brian Potterill and Elisa Pruvost, Ofcom  • William Jones, DCMS
• David Halliday, OTA2  • Danny Preiskel, Preiskel & Co

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All IP Building Blocks
The second section of our event agenda focusses on the infrastructure building blocks CPs will need to move to All-IP. We have presentations from Openreach, BT Enterprise, Gamma and DWS. This section will focus on what these operators are offering and what challenges they envisage in the move to all IP.

Confirmed speakers:
• James Lilley, Openreach  • Steve Blackshaw, BT Wholesale  • Lee Turner, Gamma
• Alex Mawson, DWS  • Matt Walker, City Fibre

For more information on our speakers, please click here.

The All IP Future
The final section of our event agenda explores a strategic view of the future of the All-IP world and key aspects that members need to consider.

We will examine our FCS All-IP ‘White Paper’ and discuss the different ideas around numbering/porting and switching, together with the key governance requirements. We have strategic presentations from OTA2, VX Fiber and Cartesian as well as FCS leads.

Confirmed speakers:
• Richard Watts, VX Fiber  • Dave Dadds and Martyn King, FCS  • Michael Dargue, Cartesian

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The event will run from 1pm – 4pm  |  This event is FREE to attend

UKFCF – Gigabit Event – 15th November 2021

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The UKFCF is excited for its first face-to-face event of 2021

When – Monday 15th November
Time – 1.30pm
Where – Grant Thornton, Finsbury Square
Subject – “Project Gigabit”

The UKFCF is back with its first face-to-face event of 2021, discussing the subject “Project Gigabit” at Grant Thornton on Monday 15th November, starting 1.30pm.

Join others in discussing the massive £5bn “Project Gigabit” government scheme that saw phase 1 start earlier this year. You can start the discussion now online via #UKFCF15

We have an exciting range of speakers from both the public and private sector together with an excellent opportunity for networking to round off the afternoon.

The event will be hosted by Grant Thornton and places are very limited, making early booking essential.

Once all of the details are finalised, places can be reserved through Eventbrite and price of admittance is £25 per person.

A representative from each individual public sector organisation will have free admission.

Speakers are tbc

ℹ If you have any questions we’d be happy to help answer them
.e info@ukfcf.org.uk

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Deutsche Telekom forms joint venture with IFM to accelerate FTTH roll-out

Deutsche Telekom has announced a 50-50 joint venture with IFM, an Australian investment firm, to create GlasfaserPlus GmbH.
IFM will invest through its IFM Global Infrastructure Fund and its 50% stake will be worth 0…

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Italian government launches €4 billion investment scheme for fibre and 5G

Italy’s Minister for Technological Innovation and Digital Transition, Vittorio Colao, has announced a €4 billion investment scheme to connect a further 6.2 million people with fibre and 5G…

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Ericsson’s Chinese woes laid bare in latest results

Ever since Sweden banned Huawei and ZTE from its upcoming 5G networks back in October 2020, Ericsson’s future in China has been put under the microscope. Since then, the vendor’s market share in China has collapsed, with sales for Q3 2021 today revealed to have fallen 74% year-on-year to just $150.3 million.
As a result of this continuous decline, Ericsson has now announced that it will be rethinking its approach to the Chinese market, likely including downsizing operations in the near future…

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