Also, Sky builds up new-home biz, CityFibre names new (non-exec) chairman, NBN says no to Netflix tax, dark fiber chugs along UK rail track, NBCU takes pride in SVoD service name, Latvian gov rips up MoU and DT adds regional reps to boost broadband.
In other happy news for Comcast, the cable giant won another round in its three-year-old patent dispute against TiVo. The Federal Circuit Court upheld the Patent Trial and Appeals Board's earlier ruling to invalidate TiVo's '696 patent. This relates to "processing a search query entered by a user of a device having a text input interface with overloaded keys." Want more on this convoluted, long, ongoing saga? Really? (See ITC to Investigate Rovi/TiVo Complaint Against Comcast .)
UK-based broadband and pay-TV provider Sky and BUUK Infrastructure have struck a partnership that gives Sky wholesale access to the last-mile utility network specialist's full-fiber networks in the new-home construction market. It's similar to an arrangement the two companies already have in the commercial space. BUUK plans to connect 200,000-plus new properties in the next 12 months, it said.
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Sky hopes its partnership with BUUK Infrastructure will build new business in new homes.
CityFibre appointed Steve Holliday, former CEO of energy infrastructure group National Grid, its new non-executive chairman. Holliday also held high-level positions at top UK retailer Marks & Spencer, and his expertise will help CityFibre address the "challenges of delivering national infrastructure programmes and bringing his extensive experience of operating a national utility to bear," CEO Greg Mesch said, in a statement.
Australia's NBN Co. will slash wholesale prices and offer three speed plans rather than add a so-called "Netflix tax" to compete against Telstra's price pressures, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. Speeds of 1 Gbit/s and 250 Mbit/s will be available to customers via fixed-access technologies including HFC, FTTP, fiber-to-the-curb or Gfast.
The UK's Network Rail Trans-Pennine Initiative (TPI) now offers operators access to gigabit-capable dark-fiber infrastructure along the railway route between Manchester and York. The initiative, announced today, will test the feasibility of using rail corridors to deploy high-speed broadband along the tracks and data centers in Manchester, Leeds or points of presence along the routes.
Telia said the Latvian government has informed the carrier that it longer intends to implement a Memorandum of Understanding signed last year focused on improving cooperation as shareholders in operators Tet and LMT, including steps toward developing a joint, long-term strategy. Telia is now reconsidering its approach to investments in the European country, it said in a statement.
Deutsche Telekom hopes six regional representatives will accelerate broadband and mobile deployment in Germany, wrote Light Reading's Paul Rainford. Diversity, however, was apparently not a consideration.
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