British telecom operators Vodafone, Everything Everywhere, O2 and 3 have joined forces with their French counterparts, viz. Orange, SFR and Bouygues, to bring mobile coverage to the 31.4-mile long Channel Tunnel by the 2012 London Olympics.
According to a report published in the Telegraph, Vodafone, Everything Everywhere, O2 and 3 will collectively foot the bill for laying down the necessary technology in the tunnel from Dover to Calais, while the French operators will be responsible for risks from the Calais to Dover tunnel.
U. S. communications regulator, the Federal Communications Commission has said that several types of paid prioritization agreements could be in violation of its new net neutrality regulations.
The new regulations allow Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) to offer faster access to their networks by some services over others. Michael Copps and Mignon Clyburn, members of FCC had backed the proposals presented by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski earlier this month.
British Government is mulling over plans to force Internet service providers to block pornography from entering private homes to protect children.
The Government could ask ISPs, such as BT and Virgin Media, to implement a universal content filter that will block sex-related websites from entering homes.
The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills confirmed that communications minister Ed Vaizey was to meet ISPs in the near future to discuss how to change the way porn enters homes.
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), which represents the Hollywood film studios, has requested a UK court to direct British Telecom (BT) to block access to Newzbin2, which allegedly provides access to pirated content.
The MPAA is using Section 97A of the UK Copyright, Designs & Patents Act to compel BT to block access to Newzbin2. The tactic is mostly used by copyright owners to shield their property rights.
Telecoms regulator Ofcom has launched a consultation into making calls to 0800 numbers free in order to simplify users' lives.
The regulator said it launched the consultation to get rid of confusion over the cost of calls to non-geographic numbers that start with 03, 08, 09 and 118. These numbers are largely used by charities, Government agencies and businesses. These numbers are also widely used for public voting for popular TV shows such as X Factor.
The UK telecoms watchdog Ofcom has launched a consultation that could see mobile phone operators to make calls to 0800 numbers free, as they are on landlines.
Ofcom wants to simplify prices to hack on confusion regarding the cost of calls to non-geographic numbers beginning with 03, 08, 09 and 118. These numbers are widely used by Government agencies, charities and businesses, like that of TV shows which feature a public vote.
Mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has made 13 new patent-infringement claims against Apple in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK, bringing the total to 37 total claims against the iPhone maker.
Nokia claims that Apple improperly used Nokia technologies in its iPhone, iPod and iPad devices. According to Nokia's filing, Apple breached four patents relating to the use of on-device Apps Store and touch users interface, along with others.
3UK, the smallest mobile network provider in the country, has announced all-you-can-eat smartphone data plans.
3UK announced on Wednesday that customers of company's "One Plan" tariff can receive 2,000 any-network voice minutes, 5,000 3-to-3 minutes, 5,000 texts plus any amount of data for £25 per month.
For an iPhone 4, the lowest monthly fee is £35 on a two-year contract, and customers must pay £69 for the smartphone.
Most of the network operators offer restricted data for basic phone tariffs. 3UK had the highest data cap at 1GB per month.
The European Network & Information Security Agency (ENISA) has warned about the growing security risks associated with smartphones, such as the iPhone and BlackBerry.
The Information Security Risks report prepared by ENISA, the IT security agency for the EU, mentions ten main security risks, including fake phishing apps, spyware, surveillance and diallerware (a kind of malware that dials a premium number.
Rumors are swirling that network provider Verizon is ready to pay Apple for making the iPhone available on its airwaves.
A report published in the Wall Street journal claims that Verizon has suggested Apple to make its iPhone partially exclusive for the carrier along with AT&T.
AT&T has exclusive rights to sell Apple’s flagship iPhone since it was launched in 2007. The exclusivity deal is applicable five years, but Apple is reportedly mulling over plans to make the iPhone available on other carriers also as a number of customers are dissatisfied with AT&T service.
AT&T takes negative reviews very seriously, wireless carrier’s President of Emerging Devices Glenn Lurie said at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference that took place in san Francisco.
Lurie’s was commenting in response of the recent ‘Consumer Reports’ which calls AT&T the worst wireless carrier in the US. The report hit people’s trust in voice, data and text-messaging services being offered by AT&T.
British government's plan for creating the best broadband network in Europe by 2015 received a big boost as telecommunications giant BT announced a super-fast 1GB broadband service.
BT will start trials of the super-fast service at Kesgrave in Suffolk in early 2011. Trials will take place at as many as forty locations across Britain. However, the complete list of towns to be involved in the BT trials are yet to be announced.
Virgin Media has partnered with Persimmon Homes to equip selected houses in cabled areas with built-in fibre optic infrastructure.
The entertainment and media giant is extending its fibre cable network with an intention to offer super-fast broadband service to residents of newly built houses.
The potential owners of the new houses will be able to enjoy Virgin Media's super-fast fibre broadband, television as well as telephony services.
Persimmon Homes will publicize Virgin's products, such as its ultrafast 50Mbps broadband service, as a part of the deal.
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is looking into a dispute between Comcast and Internet network operator Level 3 Communications Inc.
Level 3 recently bagged a contract to provide streaming video services for Netflix customers. Comcast asked Level 3 to compensate it for carrying the higher volume of Level 3 traffic over its network.
But, Level 3 triggered alarm for net neutrality by claiming that Comcast had demanded it to pay a recurring fee for delivering video traffic to Comcast customers.
Mobile phone career Vodafone has slashed the cost of web browsing on smartphones in Europe, a move that is expected to trigger a price war.
Now Vodafone customers on holiday or business trips in Europe can receive up to 25MBs of internet data for a flat rate of 2 pounds. The new rate represents a saving of 60 per cent on current price.
What is more is that customers who will sign up to contracts of more than 40 pounds per month will be able to enjoy web browsing abroad for no additional cost. The plan will be available to all of Vodafone’s customers in Europe.
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