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Viviane Reding interviewed by TelecomTV
Wednesday 21 November 2007 11:20:09 by Andrew Ferguson

News can take on a different slant based on the outlet it is appearing, so why not head on over to TelecomTV, where they have interviewed Viviane Reding the EU Commissioner for Information, Society & Media.

The video interview gives some background to the recent news about EU regulation of the telecommuncations markets across the EU. The UK is already fairly competitive but if a provider like Iliad who have pushed fibre broadband in France could be encouraged to the UK, there is the potential to upset the apple cart.

With the current state of the UK broadband and digital TV market there is scope for a company with enough capital behind it to target the areas where Virgin Media and existing unbundled providers are not, and with the right package/price combination possibly get a large chunk of the pie. Even in areas where Virgin Media provides a cable TV service, a new entrant, if they could undercut the existing pricing, would probably catch Virgin Media out. The real problem is does any provider across Europe have the funds available to extend its FTTH footprint to the UK?

Comments

Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
... Counts down the days until the EU start showing ofcom how to regulate and truely cheap and fast internet hits these shores.
Posted by herdwick over 9 years ago
"truely cheap and fast internet hits these shores." - what is preventing that happening now ? no regulations that I can see preventing someone building a FTTH network.

Interesting that OFCOM found "As illustrated by Figure 83, the UK offers around 30-40% lower prices for broadband than France, Germany, Italy and the USA." - and that was after excluding "free" and bundled offers. Hmm, who to believe ?
Posted by chrysalis over 9 years ago
Not sure I understand why this site is pushing for a new player to rollout something which really the dominant player is in the best position to do so. New player has worse economy of scale, no existing customer base, and has to build an entire infrastructure from scratch.
Posted by herdwick over 9 years ago
If I were to build a FTTH network I would have no SMP obligations to let anyone else near it.

I would also have the chance to provide VoIP over it and thereby capture the line rental from BT. So I get more additional revenue than BT, and I get to build a vertically integrated service with no wholesaling or unbundling.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
quote"interesting that OFCOM found "As illustrated by Figure 83, the UK offers around 30-40% lower prices for broadband than France, Germany, Italy and the USA."

LMAO for like for like services... I dont think so
Posted by herdwick over 9 years ago
"for like for like services" that is exactly what they reported, and they defined the service.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
Rubbish i could go find numerous internet deals from the USA that are cheaper than deals here. When it comes to cable also there is no comparrison at all, if you take virgins top end tortoise like service that works out to around $80 dollars US, errr i dont think yanks pay $80 just for cable broadband and cable broadband with uprates slower than 1Mb LOL. Good old deluded ofcom.
Posted by herdwick over 9 years ago
Well go and do the proper research and publish it. Otherwise people will choose credible research over a ranter on a website. For a start you are not correcting for purchasing power like OFCOM are, American cable at $40 is the same effective retail price as £40 here.

$1 = £1 pricing has been the reality for a long time, even their minimum wage is $5.50 and ours £5.50. McDonald special offers 99c and 99p etc etc.
Posted by herdwick over 9 years ago
USA - RoadRunner 8M cable

http://www.rr.com/rdrun/
" On average, a monthly subscription is $44.95 per month and includes a cable modem. This fee is *in addition to* the regular monthly cable subscription."
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
check out cox internet...
http://www.cox.com/facts/internetmyth1.asp
their service with 15Mb down and 2Mb upload depending on the US state can work out upto 10 quid less than virgins 20Mb service.
I was gonna mention comcast also and a couple of deals they used to have but due to the previous news item about them on here i thought id leave them out ;)
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago

Oh and yes i accept what you are saying about how $1 often equals £1 but for us at brits no matter how you look at it US services are often cheaper... you would get more for your £20 note there then you will here. Ive not even bothered to look at the smaller cable providers of which the USA has many, i imagine they are a further $5-10 cheaper than the big boys.
Stop defending pricing in this country and services, deep down you like the rest of us know they are poop.
Posted by arundel over 9 years ago
This would be the same Cox that has a news article about their traffic shaping now, right? Well done there.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
quote"This would be the same Cox that has a news article about their traffic shaping now, right? Well done there."
If thats you trying to be clever you have failed... 1) when i posted my previously that story was not on the site and 2) If you read the story its still unclear about what if anything is being throttled for sure.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
Not to mention even if it is throttled like services here are it is still cheaper and still provides faster speed.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 9 years ago
Are people adding things like Sales Tax and other state and federal taxes that must be added?

e.g. mobile phone rental carries a USO charge.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
Looking at most USA ISPs it appears the price you see is the price you pay. To get a rough idea of prices on the sites that require you enter a location you can just whack in a zip code of a famous Las Vegas casino or the worldwide known 90210 zip code. Have no idea if tax is integrated in the price or whether it needs paying on CABLE broadband but from cox and a few others i couldnt see anything about other charges mentioned, even in the small print.
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