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October 22, 2013  1:43 PM

The EU Monopoly Telcos are getting back together: how will the EU respond?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Arqiva, BDUK, btgroup, EE, liberty, PSN, Telefónica, Virgin Media, Vodafone

The recently announced tie up between EE (owned jointly by France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom) and BT to enable the latter (with the 4G spectrum it has acquired) to re-enter the mobile market and the former to piggy back its £1.5 bn...

October 21, 2013  10:08 AM

Does rapid take-up of SME broadband vouchers indicate a better way for final 2%

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Broadband, BT, btgroup, Defra, EE, European Union, fttc, HMRC, MWhitehall, PSN, rural, Sky, SME, Telefónica, Virgin, Vodafone, Vouchers

The broadband talkfest on 7th October appears to have been a profound disappointment  although there is still...


July 29, 2013  1:42 PM

Minister issues guidance to local authorities to release broadband maps

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Arqiva, BDUK, btgroup, Business, Comptroller, EE, Inca, OFT, publicsector, Sky, Vodafone

I was delighted to read that Maria Miller has written to local authorities telling them they should reveal which areas are in line for upgrade and disregard advice that...

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July 15, 2013  12:42 PM

BT to give FTTP in Dolphinholme but not FTTC to Smithfield

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, btgroup, cumbria, Dolphinholme, FTTP, Google, Lancashire, liberty, London, O2, Ofcom, Sky, Smithfield, Stockholme, Stokab, Virgin, Vodafone

In whose interest is it for BT to offer a short order, fibre solution to the premises solution to a community in rural Lancashire (I have had a geography lesson since I first posted this entry) that is too remote for fibre to the cabinet, in order to match the timescale offered by a local...


July 5, 2013  7:24 AM

The time has come to move from confrontation to co-operation in the roll out of rural broadband

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
AT&T, BDUK, BT, btgroup, G-Cloud, government, liberty, NAO, OFT, publicsector, Sky, Vodafone

BT is under attack from all directions at a time when it will be seeking to maximise cash flow to fund its entry into the quadruple play market. With hindsight,


March 18, 2013  12:06 PM

Mobile (alias Ubiquitous Broadband) Quality of Service: make your views known

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, britain, Broadband, Internet access, MacQuarrie, Maquarrie, Mobile, Ofcom, Quality of Service, Vodafone

The recent joint Digital Policy Alliance and European Internet Foundation meeting with


March 4, 2013  1:48 PM

UK has the potential to lead in a competitive online world. But has it the will?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
btgroup, IPTV, Telefónica, Virgin Media, Vodafone

The Sky take-over of O2 Broadband helps put recent manouverings, such as the BT invasion of the sports content market to try to get traffic for its Internet TV...


February 20, 2013  2:10 PM

4G operators free to spend more on services and less on spectrum

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
4G, Ofcom, Telefónica, Vodafone

I am delighted with the news that the mobile operators will be able to spend more service and less on buying the privilege of investing £billions to help economic recovery by building a 21st Century infrastructure. BT's attempt to buy...


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...


February 7, 2013  11:15 AM

Is BT now a takeover target? If not, why not?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
AT&T, Broadband, BT, btgroup, liberty, Ofcom, take-over, Telecommunication, Verizon, Virgin, Vodafone

In the course of one of my recent blog entries I contrasted the BT claim (at a PICTFOR meeting) that it was not a utility but a new and innovative business with an investment...


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