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#Telecommunications

# telecommunications - Friday 7 February, 2014

From Business ETC Eircom has more mobile customers than landline, but they still don’t bring in as much cash Switchover

Eircom has more mobile customers than landline, but they still don’t bring in as much cash

Meteor and eMobile earned revenue of €180 million in the six months to the end of December compared to €499 million for fixed line services.

# telecommunications - Tuesday 28 January, 2014

Head of Britain’s ‘eavesdropping agency’ to step down

Iain Lobban is to leave GCHQ later this year after nearly six years as its director.

# telecommunications - Tuesday 21 January, 2014

From Business ETC Digicel plans €500m investment as Denis O’Brien targets ‘massive push’ in 2014 Expansion

Digicel plans €500m investment as Denis O’Brien targets ‘massive push’ in 2014

In an interview with the Financial Times, O’Brien said that an expected $650m dividend from the company to him “hasn’t been paid yet”.

# telecommunications - Tuesday 22 October, 2013

From The Daily Edge 8 things you always wish would hurry up Sponsored By Meteor

8 things you always wish would hurry up

Come on, come ON.

# telecommunications - Tuesday 24 September, 2013

From The Daily Edge 7 shopping experiences you’ll only have in Ireland

7 shopping experiences you’ll only have in Ireland

Ireland is a pretty unique place for small businesses, all things considered.

# telecommunications - Monday 2 September, 2013

From Business ETC Vodafone sells stake in Verizon wireless for $130 billion Mega Bucks

Vodafone sells stake in Verizon wireless for $130 billion

In what is the second-largest acquisition deal on record, Verizon will now wholly own the biggest mobile operator in the US.

# telecommunications - Monday 19 August, 2013

From Business ETC Vodafone paid British Government over €1 billion Irish subsidiary Tax Compliance

Vodafone paid British Government over €1 billion Irish subsidiary

A Leopardstown-registered subsidiary of the British telecoms giant had a turnover of €380 million a year, but did not employ a single person between 2002 and 2007.

# telecommunications - Wednesday 27 March, 2013

From Business ETC Business had €30,000 of calls made without its knowledge after hacking Communications

Business had €30,000 of calls made without its knowledge after hacking

The communications regulator, ComReg, has said that there have been 16 reported cases by operators of businesses’ phone systems being hacked in recent weeks

# telecommunications - Monday 28 January, 2013

Regulator says mobile users shouldn’t pay price for Slovenian scam

ComReg says it has worked with mobile networks so that users are now unable to return calls to a Slovenian premium line.

# telecommunications - Monday 3 December, 2012

Internet freedom not to be curbed: UN telecoms head

A review the 24-year-old UN telecom regulations kicked off today amid insistence that plans to control internet freedoms are “unfounded”.

# telecommunications - Monday 26 November, 2012

From Business ETC Internet TV service YouView being sued over name Youview

Internet TV service YouView being sued over name

The venture has suffered yet another set back and is now being sued or trademark infringement over its name.

# telecommunications - Friday 9 November, 2012

From Business ETC 100 job losses at Ericsson Athlone after Ericsson Sweden makes 1,550 job cuts Jobswatch

100 job losses at Ericsson Athlone after Ericsson Sweden makes 1,550 job cuts

The telecommunications company hopes to reduce the workforce by February 2013.

# telecommunications - Tuesday 1 May, 2012

From Business ETC Union welcomes intervention of Oireachtas Committee in Vodafone dispute Vodafone

Union welcomes intervention of Oireachtas Committee in Vodafone dispute

The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture has invited Vodafone to appear before them.

# telecommunications - Thursday 26 April, 2012

From Business ETC Vodafone ‘will continue to engage’ with union over customer care jobs Vodafone

Vodafone ‘will continue to engage’ with union over customer care jobs

CWU members yesterday voted in favour of industrial action over Vodafone’s plans to move certain functions to Newry.

# telecommunications - Wednesday 4 April, 2012

From Business ETC O2 to cut 120 jobs in Ireland Jobs

O2 to cut 120 jobs in Ireland

The company is looking for voluntary redundancies from its workforce of 1,100 people.

# telecommunications - Friday 30 March, 2012

From Business ETC Business as usual at Eircom as interim examiner appointed Examinership

Business as usual at Eircom as interim examiner appointed

Services nor staff will be impacted by the “necessary” move, according to the communications company.

# telecommunications - Wednesday 14 March, 2012

From Business ETC Pay-as-you-go mobile charges are 20 per cent above OECD average Mobiles

Pay-as-you-go mobile charges are 20 per cent above OECD average

But contract plans in Ireland are cheaper than in many other countries.

# telecommunications - Tuesday 14 February, 2012

From Business ETC US, EU clear Google’s $12.5B Motorola Mobility bid Takeover

US, EU clear Google’s $12.5B Motorola Mobility bid

The approval of antitrust regulators has brought Google a step closer to completing the biggest deal of its 13-year history.

# telecommunications - Monday 28 November, 2011

Dozens of jobs announced by Ammeon, Version One

Two companies, specialising in IT consulting and cloud computing software, have announced the creation of dozens of new jobs today.

# telecommunications - Friday 18 November, 2011

From The Daily Edge Watch your language – Pakistan blacklists ‘rude’ words in texts Curses

Watch your language – Pakistan blacklists ‘rude’ words in texts

Pakistanis will have to think twice before texting about “love pistols” or, em, “headlights” under new regulations.

# telecommunications - Tuesday 15 November, 2011

Denis O’Brien announces end of Digicel interest in Eircom

With Digicel no longer engaged in takeover talks, Eircom will have to come up with an alternative restructuring plan by 18 November.

# telecommunications - Thursday 28 July, 2011

From Business ETC UPC to create 50 jobs Jobs

UPC to create 50 jobs

The company has also announced that it is to invest €80million into developing its broadband network.

From Business ETC Eircom to invest €100m into broadband network Broadband

Eircom to invest €100m into broadband network

The company also plans to launch a television service that customers can access through their broadband connection.

# telecommunications - Monday 14 March, 2011

From Business ETC O’Brien to sell Digicel firms to world’s richest man Digicel

O’Brien to sell Digicel firms to world’s richest man

Denis O’Brien’s Honduras and El Salvador telecommunications businesses are to be acquired by Mexican businessman Carlos Slim – recently named as the world’s richest man by Forbes.

# telecommunications - Tuesday 1 March, 2011

From Business ETC Eircom in danger of breaching lending agreements Eircom

Eircom in danger of breaching lending agreements

Company says that 6 per cent fall in revenue coupled with “continued pressures” could see it break its agreements with banks.

# telecommunications - Wednesday 1 December, 2010

US firm to create 100 jobs in Galway

Telecommunications company Genband will start opening positions before Christmas.

# telecommunications - Friday 26 November, 2010

From Business ETC Eircom revenues drop by 5.6% in third quarter Telecoms

Eircom revenues drop by 5.6% in third quarter

Ireland’s biggest phone operator sees adjusted earnings stay flat, and may have to breach agreements in the next year.

# telecommunications - Tuesday 10 August, 2010

IN A MOVE that has caused panic to ripple through websites, newspapers and broadcast bulletins across the world, Google and leading US Internet Service Provider (ISP) Verizon have made a deal about what they call the “thorny issue of network neutrality”.

The proposed deal has alarmed many who believe that is will be the precursor to the end of the internet as we know it. The “thorny issue” of net neutrality that Google refers to on its blog could be described, in other words, as the current system of non-discrimination in relation to the kinds of online content accessible for users.

“Net neutrality” is what many see as the gem of the internet; it is the great equaliser that puts your uncle’s blog about gardening shoulder to shoulder with giants like Amazon or Facebook.

The controversy surrounding the proposals by Google and Veziron centre on the fear that the companies would introduce a tiered system of website access – ultimately meaning that users would pay for the privilege of accessing their favourite sites quickly. By favouring some sites over others, online innovation and natural growth would be impeded – and that’s before accusations of censorship begin to crop up.

Both Google and Verizon deny that the proposal is meant to endanger net neutrality.

Read the Google-Verizon proposal here.

Regardless of the intentions of the two companies, the proposal is  subject to approval by the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – the States’ communications watchdog – and also the US Congress.

The FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, who it would seem is not enamoured by the companies’ proposal, has issued the following statement concerning the matter:

Some will claim this announcement moves the discussion forward. That’s one of its many problems. It is time to move a decision forward—a decision to reassert FCC authority over broadband telecommunications, to guarantee an open Internet now and forever, and to put the interests of consumers in front of the interests of giant corporations.

# telecommunications - Friday 6 August, 2010

A RECENT survey has revealed that 29% of Irish people do not own a landline telephone, in contrast to just 4% of people who said they did not own a mobile phone.

The survey, was carried out by the Communications Regulation (ComReg).

Even though 60% of respondents had contacted the customer service department of their landline company with a problem, 90% still claim to be satisfied with the service received. The figure was similar for mobile phone users.

The survey also looked into computer use. It found that 80% of respondents now had a laptop or personal computer in their homes.

70% of computer users subscribed to an internet connection – 46% of these said they used a DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) to connect.

Notable, the survey highlighted that 46% of internet users did not know what their download speed was.

Another area that respondents seemed to have little knowledge about related to television; even though 98% of people had a television, only a third knew about the proposed analogue TV switch-off due for 2012.

A REPORTED DEAL between Google and US telecommunications company Verizon has led to fears that the internet, as we know it, may soon become a thing of the past.

The partnership have been accused of being involved in talks about a new system for how internet traffic is carried over networks.

Fears have been raised that the plans, if true, could introduce a tiered system of bandwith access -  meaning the end of a level playing field for internet users.

On Thursday, the New York Times said that the two companies “are nearing an agreement that could allow Verizon to speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the content’s creators are willing to pay for the privilege”.

It added that this could  “overthrow a once-sacred tenet of Internet policy known as net neutrality, in which no form of content is favoured over another”.

The news of such a deal has sparked worry across the web, prompting SaveTheInternet.com to launch a petition beseeching “Google: Don’t be Evil“.

Blog Skeptisys has this disquieting vision of a post-neutral internet age.

Google denied the accusations outright on Friday, saying to The Guardian: “The New York Times is quite simply wrong. We have not had any conversations with Verizon about paying for carriage of Google traffic. We remain as committed as we always have been to an open internet.”

Verizon said: “Our goal is an internet policy framework that ensures openness and accountability, and incorporates specific FCC (the US Federal Communications Commission) authority, while maintaining investment and innovation. To suggest this is a business arrangement between our companies is entirely incorrect.”