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CityFibre set for £538m takeover

CityFibre has agreed a £538 million takeover deal with two infrastructure investment firms, claiming the acquisition will allow it to establish itself as a genuine rival to BT Openreach. The buyers are Private equity firm Antin Infrastructure Partners and Goldman-Sachs managed fund West Street Global Infrastructure Partners (WSIP) and CityFibre has recommended shareholders accept the offer as it will give ... Read More »

Comcast’s Q1 strong as business and high-speed Internet services offset cord cutting

Comcast continued to shed video customers in the first quarter, but is more than offsetting the slide with high-speed Internet and business services. In the first quarter, Comcast reported net income of $3.12 billion, or 66 cents a share, on revenue of $22.79 billion, up 10.7 percent from a year ago. Excluding items, Comcast reported earnings of 62 cents a ... Read More »

Europe’s fastest 4G cities revealed

If you’re looking for a place to grow your business alongside speedy 4G connections, then London may not be your best bet, new research has claimed. A report from OpenSignal has revealed that London is falling behind many other European technology hubs when it comes to being able to provide fast and reliable 4G connectivity. Amsterdam was ranked number one ... Read More »

BT’s plans to switch off analogue phone network gather momentum

Openreach has written to communications partners about the withdrawal of Wholesale Line Rental (WLR) products as BT pushes ahead with plans to migrate users from analogue phone networks to Voice over IP (VoIP). BT has wanted to kickstart this shift for some time and wants to complete the migration by 2025 so its voice services can better compete with over ... Read More »

ZTE lashes out at US ban, vows to protect company

ZTE has described a US sales ban on its products as “unacceptable” and pledges to take legal steps, if necessary, to protect the company’s interests as well as that of its stakeholders and customers. The Chinese vendor said in a statement Friday that it had invested significant efforts since April 2016 to ensure its practices and processes were in compliance ... Read More »

Honeypots and the evolution of botnets | Salted Hash Ep 23

CSO Online | Apr 20, 2018 Host Steve Ragan reports from the show floor at RSA 2018, talking with guest Israel Barak, CISO at Cybereason, about his firm’s recent honeypot research, which gathered information showing how the bot landscape is evolving. Read More »

BT Enterprise combines Business and Wholesale divisions

BT is combining its Business and Public Sector and its Wholesale and Ventures divisions in the latest restructure of the company. BT Enterprise will offer products and services to public sector organisations, SMBs and corporate customers as well as wholesale services, such as access to the EE mobile network to mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), to more than 1,400 communications ... Read More »

Chinese media giants hit snag with piracy block

The world’s largest producers of Chinese media content, TVBO Productions and Television Broadcasts (TVB), have hit a roadblock in their attempt to get the Federal Court to order Australia’s internet service providers to block access to a series of domain names they say facilitate infringement of their copyright. During a hearing on Friday, Justice Nicholas remained unconvinced that watching a ... Read More »

Ofcom abandons dark fibre access plans

Ofcom has abandon plans to require BT Openreach to offer a 1Gbps leased line product to third party communications providers (CPs). At present, leased lines are sold on a wholesale basis, meaning the line and the equipment used to power the connection are bundled. Ofcom’s proposal would have seen the likes of TalkTalk, Three, Vodafone and others able to ‘light ... Read More »

AT&T clocks gigabit 5G connections in first three cities

ATT has provided an update of its live 5G trials, with the carrier saying it is planning to offer 5G devices to its customers by the end of 2018. According to a blog post by president of Technology and Operations Melissa Arnoldi, ATT is using its current 5G trials to gather “mountains of data and insights” on what is working, ... Read More »

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