In the ongoing debate over Big Tech’s ‘fair share’ contribution to telecom infrastructures, new findings from the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications call into question the validity of the argument. BIPT concludes attributing Big Tech solely for data streams might be over simplistic, citing investments made by Content Application Providers in broader infrastructures. The study raises important concerns about the potential negative impact for end-users, small local CAPs, and the principle of net neutrality.
A recent survey found that 85% of broadband and mobile consumers find annual price hikes unjust, adding the frustration that 87% believe they should be able to switch providers without penalty if such increases occur mid-contract. However, the reality presented by providers paints a different picture. These unexpected cost changes and fear of penalties for ending contracts prematurely have driven 62% of surveyed participants to consider switching providers immediately after unexpected price increases. This trend prompted a response from Ofcom for clearer pricing transparency, a call further championed by Uswitch and Which?. This has led to new guidelines by the UK’s Committees of Advertising Practice, aiming to ensure providers fully disclose potential cost changes to customers.
UK’s communication authority, Ofcom, makes strategic updates to its net neutrality rules ensuring egalitarian treatment of internet traffic. Embracing increased clarity and efficient network design, these changes invite innovation. Yet, it also initiates debates on fair pricing, innovation, and ISP autonomy versus user control.
CityFibre’s new, True Gig provides a 1.2 Gbps wholesale service, aiming to clear the haze in UK telecommunications advertising and help ISPs deliver gigabit broadband services to their customers. This offering not only circumvents stringent advertising regulations but also supports CityFibre’s vision of an honest high-speed fibre network. The question posed is, will this clear the muddy waters of broadband advertising while promoting a fibre revolution in the UK?
TalkTalk, a renowned Broadband ISP, recently unveiled plans for a radical transformation. The organization aims to split into three distinct operations: business, consumer, and wholesale. As this change signals a departure for current CEO, Tristia Harrison, successors are already being primed. This strategic move aims to enhance customer service, streamline operations, and diversify investment routes, despite looming debts and past acquisition attempts. The complete ramifications of this crucial split unfold at Connected North 2024.
As internet giant Hurricane Electric curbs access to the notorious web forum Kiwi Farms, it raises pivotal discussions around online free speech. However, the Electronic Frontier Foundation forewarns of a hazardous trajectory, as hysteria around controversial platforms could pave the way to excessive intervention from mighty internet infrastructure providers. Meanwhile, the role of such companies in managing online content remains a hot topic.
Struggling to manage its colossal debt, UK ISP TalkTalk is meticulously strategizing its exit route. Insights suggest that breaking down business units and restructuring management is a bid to steady the wavering financial ship.
UK subscribers face controversy over recent price hikes, leading to the Committee of Advertising Practice issuing new guidance for telecom companies to prevent misleading consumers. The changes aim for transparency and fair advertising, but won’t take effect for six months.
ESET, a multinational cybersecurity company, has introduced a new suite of solutions for the telecom and ISP industries, with the goal of providing consumers with comprehensive protection. The newly released ESET NetProtect suite provides network operators and end users with the tools they need to battle complex and evolving mobile threats. The new ESET NetProtect can safeguard consumer devices linked to telecom and ISP networks from harmful web domains or domain risks such as malware, phishing and possibly undesirable material via mobile or fixed network connections. End users may utilize the ESET NetProtect administration interface to modify their connected devices’ ESET NetProtect settings, manage their domain whitelists and blacklists, and receive security reports. These network-level solutions do not require any software installation on end-user devices because they’re compatible with every Internet-connected device, including iOS and Android, thanks to their integration into telco and ISP network services and proven…
The World Economic Forum Centre for Cybersecurity, in cooperation with leading Internet service providers (ISPs) and multilateral organizations around the world, have developed new Internet security principles to help protect up to one billion consumers in 180 countries. According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2019, the impact of indiscriminate malicious activity on the Internet can be significant and will carry an estimated global price tag of USD 6 trillion in 2021. The new cybersecurity principles have been endorsed by BT, Deutsche Telekom, Du Telecom, Global Cyber Alliance, Korea Telecom, Proximus, Saudi Telecom, Europol, Singtel, Telstra, Internet Society, and the ITU. It is stated that ISPs are a critical community that have the ability to protect consumers against cybersecurity threats and therefore have a significantly positive impact on their safety. Amy Jordan, Delivery Lead, Platform for Shaping the Future of Cybersecurity and Digital Trust, World Economic Forum, said, “Cybersecurity…