• Virgin Media CEO to head up joint venture with O2

    Virgin Media CEO to head up joint venture with O2
    Lutz Schüler has been announced as the head of the combined VM and O2 UK, when it completes, with O2 boss apparently stepping aside.
    The news had been leaked to Sky News just ahead of publication. What it says about the balance of power between the two partners in the joint venture is unclear, but companies generally have only one CEO, so something had to give. O2’s CFO Patricia Cobian will continue that role in the combined operation.
    As if to emphasise how much of a 50-50 thing this
  • Kidbrooke station’s new ticket office opens

    Kidbrooke station’s new ticket office opens
    A new ticket office building has opened at Kidbrooke station in southeast London, replacing a small brick building that used to be on the site.
    Planning application concept image
    The station has seen quite a lot of change in recent years. The original station buildings were replaced with more modern structures in the 1970s. In 2014 an interim station building was opened as part of the regeneration of the Ferrier Estate, before being replaced by the new station building.
    As part of the Kidbrooke
  • Spain approves entry for all MWC registrants

    Spain approves entry for all MWC registrants
    The organizers of Mobile World Congress 2021, due to take place in Barcelona this Summer, have received some much-needed good news from the Spanish government.
    Right now Spain prohibits ‘non-essential’ travel to and from countries outside the EU/Schengen area. The GSMA, which runs MWC, has announced that anyone registered to attend the event will be classified as a ‘highly qualified worker’ and thus exempt from this restriction.
    “The health and safety of everyone in
  • KKR boosts European fibre footprint with T-Mobile deal

    KKR boosts European fibre footprint with T-Mobile deal
    Investment group KKR has agreed to plough cash into another European fibre initiative, this time partnering up with T-Mobile in the Netherlands, in a roundabout sort of a way.
    KKR and Deutsche Telekom-backed investment management platform DTCP announced the launch of Open Dutch Fiber an independent wholesale fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network operator…or at least it will be when it has rolled out its infrastructure. T-Mobile Netherlands has agreed to become Open Dutch Fiber’s anchor t
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  • UK reveals its strategy for taking on the US tech giants

    UK reveals its strategy for taking on the US tech giants
    The UK government has created the Digital Markets Unit to tackle the growing problem of US tech giants using their size to stifle competition.
    Modeled on the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the DMU will focus solely on digital giants, who dominate the internet space and thus, by definition, restrict competition. While it will look at general competition and data privacy, initially at least it seems to have been instructed to look at the dynamic in which traditional media has seen its re
  • A call for improved cycling provison at railway stations

    A call for improved cycling provison at railway stations
    Provision for electric scooters, bikes and other personal transport vehicles should be incorporated into railway stations and transport interchanges, according to a joint research project by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and integrated transport consultancy Momentum.
    The research says — not entirely unsurprisingly — more bike racks and similar facilities at stations could give passengers more options to complete their journeys without necessarily using bu
  • If you’re not living on the edge you’re probably not a major international telco

    If you’re not living on the edge you’re probably not a major international telco
    Nascent Multi-access Edge Computing industry body the 5G Future Forum is recruiting at a time when most telcos are already affiliated to a MEC grouping of some sort.
    Interested parties have the best part of three weeks to apply for membership of the 5G Future Forum, or 5GFF, according to an announcement from the half dozen founder members. The implication is that anyone can apply, but the group said it is specifically targeting mobile network operators.
    With MEC emerging as such a crucial aspect
  • Have a picnic in Buckingham Palace’s garden this summer

    Have a picnic in Buckingham Palace’s garden this summer
    Normally not part of the tourist visits, this summer the garden at Buckingham Palace will be opened to the public for the first time, and they’re allowing picnics on the lawn.
    Royal Collection Trust (c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2021. Photographer: John Campbell
    The garden is the largest private garden in London, and although tourists can walk around the edge when leaving the Palace going into the garden has not been allowed.
    Until now.
    Visitors will be able to explore a route through
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  • London’s Pocket Parks: Graham Street Park, N1

    London’s Pocket Parks: Graham Street Park, N1
    This is today a modest park with a playground that conveniently faces onto a canal dock, but was once mainly industrial.When the Regents Canal was completed in 1820, the dock was added as the Regents Canal Basin, and lined with warehouses for the cargo boats plying the canal.
    In the 19th century the site was occupied by a Paper Staining Works, then later Chemical Works and Drugs Manufactory – the British Drug Houses, who over time expanded to take over most of the land around the dock.
    The
  • UK launches Digital Markets Unit to crackdown on tech giants dominance

    Initially announced last November, today sees the UK government announce the creation of a new regulatory body, the DMU, that will be tasked with reining in the major US tech giants that currently stifle competition online, ultimately seeking to give consumers more choice and control over their data.The DMU was created following various market reviews and studies which showed Big Tech…read more on TotalTele.com »
  • KKR launches FTTH venture Open Dutch Fiber in the Netherlands

    Today sees investment firm KKR announce the creation of a new wholesale fibre company, Open Dutch Fiber, aiming to deliver a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network covering at least one million Dutch homes by 2025. T-Mobile Netherlands will be the company’s anchor tenant, having signed a strategic agreement for the next 20 years…read more on TotalTele.com »
  • Key questions about entering the World Communication Awards

    With the World Communication Awards entry deadline (4 June 2021) now less than two months away many questions have been directed to the Total Telecom team regarding who can enter and how to do it. Here are some of the most common questions and the answers you need.Most information regarding the categories and how to enter is contained in the categories brochure that you can download hereWho are the awards open to?The WCA are open to both operators / CSP’s and suppliers / vendors. Some cat
  • Citymesh private 5G network brings drones to Brussels Airport

    Back in December last year, IT company Cegeka acquired a majority stake in the operator Citymesh, aiming to create what they called the “fourth national operator” in Belgium, with a specific focus on the B2B market. Now, Citymesh has announced the successful trials of drones at Brussels Airport for inspection and surveillance, connected to the Airport’s private 5G network. Dubbed the ‘safety drone’, the remotely operated device has taken part in numerous
  • Building Gigabit-Capable Broadband for Britain

    In 2019, JT Group was recognised as the first jurisdiction in the world to make full-fibre available to every broadband user in Jersey. How did you achieve this?We realised from the outset that directly connecting all broadband customers in Jersey to a full-fibre connection was actually a ‘Jersey’ project rather than simply a ‘JT’ project – so we needed to make sure we had the full support of the Government of Jersey, and islanders, whether they were our customers
  • Bharti Airtel targets Industry 4.0 with IoT platform

    In India, the nation’s telcos are waiting somewhat impatiently for the release of 5G spectrum by the government at a currently undisclosed date later this year. Reliance Jio, for example, said back in December that it was ready to launch commercial 5G services as soon as it could be allocated spectrum. However, numerous roadblocks still stand in the way of India&rsquo…read more on TotalTele.com »

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