Very High Bit Rate DSL 2 (VDSL2), a new standard is likely to be
ratified by next week, making it possible for carriers to provide upto
100 megabits per second connections (both up and down) over copper

Well it hasn’t taken that long to jump from 2+ to VDSL2 has it.

Mesh networking

Mobile adhoc networking allows users to exchange information in a wireless
environment without the need for a fixed infrastructure. Each user (or
node), equipped with one or more radios, is free to roam about while communicating
with others. The path between any pair of users can traverse multiple wireless
links and the radios themselves can be heterogeneous, thus enabling an
assortment of different types of links to be part of the same adhoc network.

Interesting stuff and a good read.

C&W warns of continuing ’severe’ competition in UK telecoms

C&W is heavily involved in the corporate
telecoms market in the UK, where a range of rivals operators like BT
Group PLC and Colt Telecom Group PLC are all clamouring for a fairly
static number of accounts.
To offset its waning profits in its core
business, C&W has invested heavily in the booming market for
consumer broadband internet access through its acquisition of Bulldog
last year and its investment in local loop unbundling (LLU)

UK Market still severe says C&W, I can’t recall BT or Colt saying it’s severe, so maybe it’s just C&W not doing so well right now.

Norwegian Telenor buys $1 billion worth of broadband

Norwegian giant has spent $1 billion to buy two broadband operators –
Sweden’s Bredbandsbolaget for $823 million (335,000 subscribers) and
another $237 million on Danish broadband outfit Cybercity, which has
about 90,000 customers. Looks like it is trying to become a major
player in that region
[via gigaom]

$237 million dollars for 90,000 ADSL users..cripes..working on that basis somebody like AOL in the UK would be worth nealry $4 billion. That’s a lot of money for each DSL user, about $2600.

Home networking market poised for take-off

Efforts by broadband providers to push combined
modem/networking solutions to the consumer market are succeeding and
are fuelling a boom in home network adoption throughout Asia, Europe
and North America that will last for at least the next five years.
[via TelecomTV]

This is interesting news. Is it just all the techies buying up this kit, or people that know techies that can help them set it up. I know a few people who have broadband but have no plans to go anywhere near wireless at home. They see it as far too complex to set up and mind boggling to fix if theirs a problem. Nonetheless, it’s good news, whether people have thought about a long term plan, to fit in with music streaming, HD TV etc,  for their home network is another matter altogether.