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February 19, 2013  11:34 PM

What is the traditional telco model that is in “end game”?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Arqiva, AT&T, Broadband, bskyb, btgroup, Communications, DCMS, MacQuarrie, Marxism, Ofcom, Sky, Virgin, Vodafone

I was intrigued by a recent entry in BrokenTelephon3 which talked of "the end game for the traditional telco model". It was followed by comments attacking Ian Grant for confusingly juxtaposing...

November 13, 2012  7:27 AM

Broadband: from speed through bandwidth rationing to active traffic management to quality of service

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, DCMS, IGF, Internet protocol, Net Neutrality, service provider, Traffic management, Wapping, WCIT

Those of you who have moved from 5 to 15 to 50 mbs broadband will have discovered that it does not always lead to significant improvement in delivered service. The causes are many and varied: from line quality, through PC security to "traffic management" at various levels.

At...


October 2, 2012  8:42 AM

ED Balls and Open Government give the opportunity for a Broadband Breakthrough

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cabinet office, DCMS, Janet, local government, Olympics, PSN, treasury

The announcement by the Shadow Chancellor that Labour would put the receipts from the 4G auction towards subsided new build housing...


September 30, 2012  6:16 PM

New Minister brings outbreak of common sense to UK Communications policy

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
4G, BDUK, Broadband, DCMS

The news that Maria Miller has called in the Mobile Operators for a round table at which she will offer to bring forward the 4G auction, provided they stop playing legal games, indicates why we...


September 8, 2012  12:44 PM

New DCMS minister releases evidence of BDUK failure

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, DCMS, Gigaclear, LINX, PSN

Maria Miller has acted fast to announce long overdue measures to remove some of the planning obstacles to the installation of new, lower cost, fibre networks. This is linked to the release of a


July 31, 2012  9:30 AM

Lords support Commission Against BDUK Framework

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, BDUK, DCMS, DECC, European Commission

Chapter 3 Paragraph 59 of the House of Lords Communications Committee report looks like the coup de grace for the BDUK framework. "We endorse the Commission's suggestion that open access to dark fibre at...


July 20, 2012  11:18 AM

Is Treasury getting its act together on Infrastructure Investment?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, DCMS, DECC, Ofcom, Ofgem, Smart Metering, Utility

The departure of the DECC permanent secretary (days after the announcement of the


July 16, 2012  1:16 PM

Is BDUK a triumph or a disaster – and for whom?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Birmingham, Broadband, btgroup, cumbria, DCMS, Eurim, European Commission, Fujitsu, government, KPMG, Objections


June 15, 2012  6:26 AM

Can the BDUK framework survive Birmingham and Cumbria on top of Westminster?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Birmingham, Broadband, BT, btgroup, cumbria, DCMS, Labour, Leveson, Olympic, Olympics, Sky, Vodafone, Westminster, Whitehall

Ian Grant's latest Broken Telegraph post indicates that the BDUK framework has finally run its course, having delayed the roll out of rural broadband until after Olympics. Whether or not...


June 8, 2012  8:18 AM

DCMS kicks the future into touch while focussing on the past

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, BDUK, DCMS, ICANN, IPv4, IPv6, Leveson, Mongols, Vodafone, YAM

The scrapping of the Communications Green Paper in favour of a seminar programme into the...


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