Iliad-Free FTTH service in Valenciennes: 100 Mbps for 30 EUR

Iliad, a French telecommunications operator, has launched its “Free” fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service in the city of Valenciennes with a 30 EUR per month triple play (Internet-TV-Telephony) offer that promises 100 Mbps downstream and 50 Mbps upstream. Valenciennes belongs to the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region and lies very close to the border with Belgium. It has a population of […]

Viviane Reding no longer EU telecoms commissioner

I’m afraid the news is good and bad. Viviane Reding, proponent of structural separation, enemy of the incumbent telco and EU telecoms commissioner for many years, has been promoted to vice-president of the European Commission and the head of justice and internal security. Neelie Kroes, who has been the EU’s feared competition czar, will take […]

The Economist on Swindon’s muni Wi-Fi plans

Swindon (UK) is getting a municipal Wi-Fi network, thanks to a joint venture with a local firm. News reports say that the network will cost £1 million and require 1400 access points, but details are sketchy and there is skepticism about the ability of Swindon and the service provider to pull this off. Despite that, The […]

Spain guarantees right to 1 megabyte broadband connection

Following the example of Finland, the Spanish government says that beginning 2011, everyone in Spain will have the right to buy broadband at speeds of at least 1 megabyte per second. The government recognizes that, like telephone service, broadband is now an essential part of daily life. Any telecom operator that has a universal service […]

European Commission endorses French access rules on fiber in-building wiring

The European Commission has endorsed the rules to be imposed by French regulator, ARCEP, on operators rolling out fiber lines into homes, regardless of whether the operator has significant market power. ARCEP wants to force all in-building operators to provide access to their fiber networks to alternative operators in order to give people a choice […]