Hungary's operators say taxes threaten broadband development

Hungary’s operators have lashed out at moves by the country’s government to impose yet another tax on the telecoms industry, according to a report from Dow Jones Newswires.

Earlier this week, authorities served notice of plans to introduce a new telecoms-specific tax they say cannot be passed on to consumers.

Set to come into force on August 1, the new rules would require operators to pay a tax on phone calls by business customers of HUF3 ($0.014) per minute, up from a current per-minute rate of HUF2 per minute.

Cyber Security Summit 2013

Start Date: 
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
End Date: 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Minneapolis, MN:
The Cyber Security Summit is focused on changing the paradigm of how we look at digital space and security, concentrating on clarifying the impact that cyber security has on our nation's government and business operations. The Summit mission is to establish a multi-stakeholder consortium that brings together industry, government, and academic interests in an effort to improve the state of cyber security on both a domestic and international level. Through prominent keynote speakers and engaging panel discussions, Summit participants will collaborate on cyber security initiatives, brainstorm innovative countermeasures, network with industry experts, and walk away with actionable solutions. 

Cisco sees new product raising core router revenue to $10 billion


Cisco Systems Inc predicts that a new product it unveiled on Wednesday will increase its cumulative revenue from core routers, which direct Internet data traffic, by 25 percent - to $10 billion - within the next two years.

The leading network equipment maker expects to cash in on ever increasing demand for Internet services with its new CRS-X router, its third in the CRS product series.

Iran ups cyber attacks on Israeli computers: Netanyahu


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran and its Palestinian and Lebanese allies on Sunday of carrying out "non-stop" cyber attacks on major computer systems in his country.

He gave no details on the number of attacks but said "vital national systems" had been targeted. Water, power and banking sites were also under threat, he added.

India's Ambani brothers team up on 4G network sharing

India’s Ambani brothers have signed a $2 billion deal to share network infrastructure, aimed at speeding up the rollout of 4G services.

Under the arrangement, Reliance Jio Infocomm (Mumbai, India) – owned by Mukesh Ambani – will lease up to 45,000 sites owned by Reliance Communications (Mumbai, India), the mobile operator controlled by Anil Ambani.

In a joint statement on the tie-up, the two operators said it would allow them to derive major benefits from the sharing of capital and operating costs.

UK lawmakers say Huawei-BT deal exposes flawed security controls


China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd should not have been allowed to become embedded in Britain's critical communications network infrastructure without the knowledge and scrutiny of ministers, lawmakers said on Thursday.

Ciena expects strong demand from cloud, mobile computing


Network equipment maker Ciena Corp said it expects strong growth in cloud computing and higher use of smartphones, and forecast stronger-than-expected revenue for the current quarter.

Ciena (Hanover, MD, USA) shares jumped as much as 15.5 percent on the Nasdaq on Thursday morning. Shares of rival Finisar Corp (Sunnyvale, CA, USA) were up 5 percent while those of Juniper Networks Inc (Sunnyvale, CA, USA) were up about 1 percent.

EU to clamp down on net neutrality abuses

EU commissioner Neelie Kroes has said forthcoming net neutrality legislation will ensure telecoms operator cannot block or throttle competing services while offering a predictable regulatory framework that encourages network investments.

In a speech delivered to the European Parliament in Brussels, Kroes said “failure to take coordinated action on net neutrality would shatter the fragile construction” of a single European telecoms market – something the commissioner believes is necessary if the European industry is to thrive years ahead.

Credit impact of Telecom Italia spinoff depends on regulation: Fitch

The credit impact on Telecom Italia of spinning off its fixed-line network depends on the details of the agreement the Italian incumbent strikes with the country’s regulatory authorities, according to Fitch Ratings.

In a statement published this week, the ratings agency says there would be a strategic advantage in maintaining control of the network, especially as there is no infrastructure-based competition from cable companies in Italy.

Rogers, Videotron extend reach with network-sharing deal


Rogers Communications Inc and Quebecor Inc's Videotron wireless arm plan to build and operate a shared high-speed wireless network in and around Québec, a cost-saving arrangement that is expected to stoke competition in the French-speaking Canadian province.

Rogers (Toronto, Canada), the nation's largest wireless provider, now spends far more on its network than its main rivals, Telus Corp (Burnaby, Canada) and BCE Inc's Bell (Montreal, Canada) unit, do on their shared network.

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