BT launches a Global IP Exchange hub in Singapore, a platform which it says will allow telcos to interconnect traditional voice calls and voice-over-IP, and offer new services such as HD voice and video calls.
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The regulator has been able to allocate numbers to BT and other telcos for free until now, but on Wednesday it announced a test of annual charges in a bid to relieve the shortage in some areas
BT is likely to enjoy lighter controls on the amount it can charge for its leased lines in London, under proposals revealed by Ofcom on Monday.Leased lines offer high-end fibre connectivity as a retail product for business customers, and also as a wholesale product for smaller telcos that resell fixed and mobile broadband services.
A scan of the RSS feeds I monitor (by no means the end-all, be-all sub list) reveals that hardly anyone may have noticed or cared that the UK telecom company BT took not just a natural step in what is now becoming a tradition of ISPs and telcos offering free applications to their customers.According to ZDNet UK's David Meyer:U.
Broadband content is the new ballgame for telcos, and BT hopes to use its DSL network to supply it on demand
Oftel's decision to force BT to cut its wholesale Internet prices may only benefit other telcos, not customers or ISPs
While the government has a social responsibility to get high-speed access to citizens, Microsoft will not blame BT for slow rollout in the UK Microsoft has called on the government to do more to push broadband services in the UK but refuses to blame individual telcos. Despite claiming to be hungry for bandwidth, Microsoft officials in the UK will not point the finger of blame at telcos, claiming that in current market conditions, broadband is a huge gamble for any company.
The few remaining telcos left in the local loop unbundling process may unite against BT in their effort to provided services
Oftel today ordered BT to come to an arrangement with 10 UK telcos over wholesale leased line charges after the UK carrier missed a deadline.
Local loop unbundling (LLU) isn't working. Less than three weeks ago, silicon.com praised the parties involved - BT, other telcos (would-be competitive local exchange carriers, or CLECs) and watchdog Oftel.
Details of today's closed meeting between Oftel, BT and most of the telcos supposedly itching to get access to local phone exchanges in the UK are out - and they're encouraging.
Telcos Energis and Thus have won a draft determination from Oftel that BT has to negotiate better terms for wholesale DSL network access.
UK telcos have welcomed Oftel's strongest intervention yet in ending BT's stronghold on the local loop, but accept the fight isn't won and say there is still a long way to go.
Independent telcos today kept up their fire on BT over network access, but spared Oftel after David Edmonds' roasting yesterday by the Commons select committee.
European Union telecoms ministers have sanctioned a law that will force local loop unbundling by the end of this year - a deadline many national telcos, including BT, may not meet.
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