28/03/2006

Ofcom Website | Ofcom proposal to deregulate BT retail phone cost controls

Ofcom Website | Ofcom proposal to deregulate BT retail phone cost controls

Ofcom are proposing degregulating retail price controls on BT line rentals and calls.

This is a blessing for consumers as BT can now bundle all sorts of services together (i.e. free calls with line rental, or no line rental and higher call charges), however competitors are going to struggle. It also may provd the death knell for wireless broadband operators.

Ofcom's reasoning is that there are significant VoIP users utilising broadband (circa 500,000), there are now competing providers and other local loop operators.

Changes will takes place from August 1, 2006 which doesn't give competitors long to get their grip on the market.

Ofcom Website | Assessing the impact of NGNs on interconnection tariffs’ distance gradients

Ofcom Website | Assessing the impact of NGNs on interconnection tariffs’ distance gradients

DotEcon have produced a report about distance gradient pricing for NGNs (Next Generation Networks i.e. networks that have migrated to IP like BT's 21CN).

NGNs are likely to change the face of telecoms in the UK and though the report does not necessarily reflect the views of Ofcom it may give an indicative view of how gradients will function.

Ofcom Website | Disaggregated Markets - Leased Lines

Ofcom Website | Disaggregated Markets - Leased Lines

Ofcom is conducting a consultation on the geographic variance of leased lines.

It's quite technical, but will probably show that London has a healthy market and elsewhere more and more people are migrating to DSL as the economics are much worse for direct circuits.

GSM Guard Band licenses

Rumours are that Ofcom have announced who is in the bidding for the GSM Guard Band licenses. Information on who's in there isn't public.

It'll be interesting to see if the mobile operators have jumped in, or a load of new entrants.

There are going to be between 7 and 12 low power national licenses awarded.

Digit news - Samsung offers 32GB SSD drive

Digit news - Samsung offers 32GB SSD drive

At CeBIT Samsung demonstrated a 32GB solid state disk, that booted an XP machine is about half the time compared to that of a disk based workstation. They've also packaged the memory into a 1.8" form factor so making it a direct swap for conventional drives.

Though there will be speed/weight and possible power improvements, solid state disks are very expensive compared to the conventional magnetic platter type. If demand is high enough the price could drop.

CeBit also saw the launch of a 200GB conventional notebook disk.

Digit news - Apple lashes out at proposed French law

Digit news - Apple lashes out at proposed French law

Apple aren't happy that the French Government are proposing to allow users to put Apple content on to any type of media player. iTunes sells iPods (and the other way around), and Apple like that monopoly.

Real Networks worked out how to break Apple's DRM, but Apple stopped Real doing anything with the technology.

It doesn't just affect Apple, the law would affect any DRM'ed content, it's just Apple has the most to lose.

Digit news - Dell snaps up Alienware

Digit news - Dell snaps up Alienware

Alienware have a reputation for making high power games machines. Dell have tried to enter that market with their own XPS range, so there's a good possibility Dell will move out of specific games market and leave that to their acquisition.

Alienware meanwhile gets Dell's supply chain.

Dell has been a staunch supporter of Intel, while Alienware have supported both Intel and AMD. Dell says they have no plans to stop Alienware running with their own product lines. Maybe this is a way to sneak AMD processors into Dell.