EU asks Netflix to lower its quality as people isolate from coronavirus

The EU has asked Netflix to lower its video quality as more people use the service to bring some joy during their coronavirus lockdowns.

Netflix typically accounts for around 13 percent of global internet traffic and has required an increasing amount of bandwidth as the streaming giant releases an increasing library of 4K and HDR content.

Over concerns that an expected surge in Netflix traffic may cause networks to grind to a halt during a time they’re needed most, the EU...

Virgin Media blocks popular image-sharing website Imgur

UK ISP has blocked popular image-sharing website Imgur over allegations it’s a popular host of child pornography.

Virgin Media customers attempting to visit Imgur are being met with this message:

“Access has been denied by your internet access provider because this page may contain indecent images of children as identified by the Internet Watch Foundation.”

Imgur is known for hosting memes and GIFs, but it seems the Internet...

Verizon secures partnership with Google to bring YouTube TV to customers

Verizon is partnering with Google to bring YouTube TV to its global customers.

Customers will now be able to subscribe to YouTube TV through Verizon and get access to their favourite contents. The partnership will now also allow Verizon wireless mobility customers to stream the contents, which they like more through YouTube TV. For customers across platforms, Verizon will also be offering unique and...

SK Broadband is having to double its capacity for Netflix

South Korean fixed broadband operator SK Broadband has said it’s having to double its network capacity to cope with Netflix demand.

In order to cope, the operator will boost its data transfer speed for high-speed networks to 100 Gbps from 50 Gbps. The operator plans to address complaints about Netflix streaming quality by doubling the size of its overseas network.

South Korea is renowned for its fast broadband speeds. Last year, SK Broadband rolled out 2.3 Gbps internet...

EU launches research group to stop ‘problematic’ internet use

The EU has established the ‘European Problematic Use of the Internet’ (EU-PUI) research network which aims to stop harmful web use.

Gambling, pornography, and excessive use of social media may sound like a good time for some folks. For others, each can pose a serious problem.

How problematic use impacts health, especially mental wellbeing, hasn’t been thoroughly researched. Support groups for such things have been available for decades, but prevention is...

Enabling the benefits of network virtualisation through smart data

During the past decade, the telecoms landscape has changed dramatically. The emergence of OTT players has eroded service providers’ voice and messaging revenues, with reports suggesting that the widespread adoption of OTT messaging and VoIP services will drive losses of $386 billion for the telecoms industry between 2012-2018.

At the same time competitive mobile operators have moved to unlimited data plans, leaving larger operators with no alternative but to change and also...

Amazon muscles in on BT and Sky for Premier League rights: What’s next for each company?

Let’s get one thing straight with regards to Amazon buying a package of Premier League rights: it is, for now, simply a foot in the door. Testing the waters, if you will.

When the major rights were announced in February – Sky and BT Sport securing the primary packages for £4.464 billion – there were two smaller rights packages yet to be resolved. Some believed the packages would be filled by Amazon as part of a testing process. Others were less sure. Whichever,...

Fox–Sky Takeover: Government clears bid, if Sky News is sold

The saga of 21st Century Fox’s bid to take over Sky may be coming to a close as Culture Secretary Matt Hancock clears the path for a deal on the basis that Sky News is sold to a suitable buyer.

Fox’s £11.7 billion ($14.6 billion) bid was first launched in 2016. The deal was referred to a ‘phase two’ investigation last June by former Culture Secretary Karen Bradley after it was cleared by the European Commission.

A report from Ofcom concluded a deal...

Assessing BT’s content strategy with OTT behemoths on the horizon

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MWC The recent tussle for the English Premier League football rights was shrouded in mystery and intrigue. Will this be the season where the purely-digital disrupters, the Amazons, the Facebooks et al, finally get a piece of the pie?

In a couple of words – not really. Sky and BT Sport again secured the main packages for £4.464 billion for matches from 2019 to 2022 – two smaller rights packages remain unresolved – with BT...

The systemic telecoms crisis and the importance of fresh new services

Profitable telecoms businesses are starting to cringe, as traditional services are being replaced by other online – conditionally free – communication services. Now, network operators are forced to look for answers to difficult questions. How do we create new revenue streams? How do we work with clients, interact with partners, and develop business?

In the communications industry, things are changing rapidly. Telecommunications are being transformed into...