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  • joly 12:39 am on 10/08/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: BT, Ofcom, ,   

    BT required by Ofcom to open fibre network #structsep 

    British telecomThe BBC reports that UK regulator Ofcom has ordered British telecom (BT) to give competitors access not only to its fiber network, but also its infrastructure such as poles and ducts.

    However, BT will be able to set its own prices for access.

    The story implies, but doesn’t specify, that the duct and pole access will only apply to areas where BT doesn’t already have fiber.

    BT is quoted as saying it was “pleased” with Ofcom’s “regulatory clarity and certainty”.

     
  • joly 12:58 pm on 05/31/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , DEA, Ofcom   

    Ofcom issues draft 3 strikes code for ISP’s 

    UK regulator Ofcom has issued a consultation paper on the draft Initial Obligations Code, under which the ‘3 strikes’ rules for copyright infringement will be implemented.

    This article by Andrew Cormack of UK educational ISP ja.net details some of the problems in the rules.

    • Institutions and businesses may be classified as subscribers and thus over-vulnerable, leading to restrictive practices.
    • Community services and libraries may be compelled to log proof of id of all users.

    Cormack notes that these provisions are in direct conflict with the UK Government’s digital inclusion policies.

     
  • joly 3:33 am on 04/20/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , GPON, Ofcom, PON, PTP,   

    Ofcom Report: Fiber capacity limitations in access networks 

    In Januray 2010 analysys mason delivered a report Fibre capacity limitations in access networks to UK Internet regulator Ofcom.

    The report, full of technical detail, and with very useful appendices of acronyms and a glossary, concludes that, in the short to medium term, fiber could handle double the predicted traffic. What’s more economies of scale and the implementation of photonic integrated circuit (PIC) technology. As new services become available and providers are forced to upgrade point-to point (PTP) networks would be easier to upgrade than passive optical networks (PON), because in a PTP network there is no passive (or active) equipment in the field and users can be upgraded individually. PON networks (such as FIOS) are cheaper to build than PTP, however operational issues regarding upgrades could prove to be a significant bottleneck, which could, in the worst case, prevent them from being upgraded at all.

    Technology evolution requirements

     
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