Monthly Archives: May 2010

Swedish operators allowed access to Telia’s fibre networks

The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) has adopted new regulation under which local operators are able to offer broadband services to consumers by purchasing access to Telia’s access network, comprising both copper and fibre.

The inclusion of physical access to fibre networks represents an important difference in relation to previous obligations which only encompassed copper networks. TeliaSonera will also continue to receive compensation, including a reasonable return, for the products that the company is obliged to sell to other operators.

PTS’ decision covers two sub-markets in the broadband sector and applies to the access network (i.e. the part of the network that connects the household or company to a telecommunications exchange or other connection point (the ‘local loop’)).

The market for network infrastructure access means that operators should be able to purchase access to TeliaSonera’s network by establishing their own equipment at telecommunications exchanges.
The market encompasses access to both the copper-based and fibre networks. The market for bitstream access gives operators the opportunity to purchase a more pre-packaged wholesale product from TeliaSonera in order to be able to offer broadband services to consumers. In this case, the operators do not have to invest in their own equipment.

Broadband, bredband, laajakaista

I will move closer to most of my kids and all my grandkids in July. The place I live in now is a rural part of the Southwestern archipelago in Finland. I’ve had ADSL for around seven years now, and we can get up to 8 Mbit/s here. The system has worked like a dream. But the place I will move to has no ADSL available for newcomers, since the local monopoly, Telia-Sonera, wants to remove the telephone lines and their existing connections break around 12 times a day and cost a fortune.

They offer Digita’s 450 MHz radio system with very scarce base stations, 5 Gbit monthly traffic, max. 1 M / 56 kb connection. Besides, the antenna system is very expensive. With my blogging and web shop plus online backup the monthly traffic gets up to the cutoff point in one day!

My daughter uses her mobile phone as the modem for her laptop and gets a whopping 50 kbit/s connection. No pics, no YouTube, no webradio, no nothing. There’s a law that from the 1st of July everyone in Finland is entitled to a data transfer of 1 Mbit/s.

I’ve asked the municipality where I’m moving, what they have done to ensure their newcomers a reasonable broadband connection. Of course, no answer. The municipalities were supposed to ask the government for financial help for building broadband networks in areas not covered. This municipality didn’t want any.

TeliaSonera Fighting IPRED Up To The Swedish Supreme Court

Last year, of course, Sweden passed a strict “anti-piracy” law called IPRED, following a ton of pressure from the US entertainment industry (and US diplomats repeating debunked industry talking points). While some have declared the law a “success,” because music sales went up last year, there’s little evidence to suggest the law has been useful at all. The amount of unauthorized file sharing did drop initially, but quickly went back up and now is higher than it was before IPRED became law. If the goal was to stop unauthorized file sharing, it failed miserably. As for the increased money in the music industry? A lot of that is actually due to new offerings, such as Spotify.

Of course, many people pointed out that IPRED, beyond being unlikely to work, also created a whole bunch of unintended consequences and problems — including a dangerous attack on the privacy rights of those in Sweden. And, remember, this is Europe, where privacy rights are an even bigger deal than in the US.

When the first attempts to use IPRED to get user info from ISPs were made, some ISPs refused to hand over the data, saying that IPRED violated the EU’s privacy rules. So far, the courts have no agreed, but Swedisn ISP TeliaSonera is now taking the issue to the country’s Supreme Court:

“The rules governing privacy and confidentiality have long existed in the rules that govern our industry and the IPRED law is brand new,” says Patrik Hiselius, a lawyer at TeliaSonera. “It is important that there is a principled review of the Code and the Anti-Piracy Agency’s interests.”

Telia’s LTE subscriptions off to slow start

Mobile operators can have hugely selective memories. Many have very ambitious targets for customer uptake in the early days of their 4G build-outs, yet the history of 3G in Europe and now China tells us that, until there is a good choice of devices, new users will remain limited in number. So it is hardly surprising that the only commercial LTE operator so far, TeliaSonera in Norway and Sweden, has only 1,000 customers to date.

Its networks cover about 400,000 people in the two countries’ capitals, Oslo and Stockholm, and went live at the end of last year. The estimates of uptake came from analysts but were not denied by the carrier, which said the lack of handsets was the main factor.

Lars Klasson, VP of mobility services, pointed out that the service is currently based only on dongles, which limits it to heavy laptop data users. But he accepts Telia will have to rely on that base for some time to come. “As for the LTE phones, we say ‘forget it for now’,” he said in an interview. The problem with being the frontrunner in a relatively small country is that there is not sufficient scale to attract major handset vendors into the market. Klasson knows the big name phonemakers will wait for the large markets like the US to go live.

This puts pressure on Telia, and other early operators, in terms of their breakeven plans. Growth will remain slow for the first couple of years, but in the meantime, the carrier has an ambitious build-out plan to expand the network. Analysts in Sweden estimate an LTE network costs about €2bn per 50m inhabitants to build, plus license fees (€50m in Telia’s case).

Early WiMAX operators have faced the same dilemmas, though their route to handsets is a couple of years ahead of LTE’s. In LTE, merchant chipsets should arrive next year, and there are still technical issues in areas such as battery life, plus patent licensing talks, to be finalized before phones can appear commercially. In WiMAX, Sprint and its partner Clearwire are just launching the US’ first smartphones supporting 3G and WiMAX, with Sprint shipping the HTC EVO. Like Telia, the US firm believes an attractive handset will provide a fillip to customer uptake because the ‘Sprint 4G’ service will be able to appeal to a wider range of customers and usage patterns.

TEO – ZEBRA belaidis

Situacija – pradingo šviesolaidis (dėl mechaninio pažeidimo).
Sekmadienį meistrai negali atvažiuoti – galvojau, pasinaudosiu Zebra belaidžiu. Signalas puikus, greitis iki 10mb/s, galima nemokamai peržiūrėti – krauna puslapius žaibiškai, tiesiog sumokėk 5lt ir džiaukis.

Sumokėjus tuos 5lt už parą visas smagumas pradingo – greitis krito iki 128b/s, o po valandos signalas ėmė trūkinėti ir jokių puslapių išvis nebekrovė.

Galvojau – piko metas, gal naktį bus geriau.

Pastačiau Zebrai bokalą alaus. Tie 5lt nėra kažkaip daug, bet siūlau kitiems pasimokyti ir nesinaudoti tokia abejotina paslauga.

Swedish court requires TeliaSonera to give out user names, addresses

Sweden’s Court of Appeal on Tuesday decided to uphold a decision of Sodertorn district court to ask Swedish-Finnish telecom giant TeliaSonera to give out names and addresses of people behind a file-sharing website in an anti- piracy law ruling.

“The court of appeal has decided today to uphold the Sodertorn district court’s decision to order an Internet service provider to give out the names and addresses of the holders of certain IP- addresses,” a statement from the appeal court said.

“The ruling against TeliaSonera was based on Sweden’s controversial Ipred law, which came into effect on April 1 last year and gives copyright holders the right to require service providers to reveal details of users who share files, paving the way for legal action,” a report from the TT news agency said.

If TeliaSonera does not give out its clients’ identities, it will have to pay a fee of 750,000 kronor (about 96,523 U.S. dollars), the report said.

TeliaSonera in February logged an appeal against the lower court decision forcing it to provide the names and addresses of those behind website to Svensk Filmindustri, a Swedish film production and distribution company, the report said.

The TeliaSonera case is the second attempt by a copyright holders’ organization to utilize the new anti-file sharing law, according to the report.

The new file-sharing law is based on the European Union’s Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED).

Swedish court orders release of filesharer identities


A Swedish appeals court on Monday upheld a ruling forcing Swedish-Finnish telecom giant TeliaSonera to hand over to film companies the names and addresses of people behind a filesharing website.

“The court of appeal has decided today to uphold the Soedertoern district court’s decision to order an Internet service provider to give out the names and addresses of the holders of certain IP-addresses,” it said in a statement.

The court said its ruling against TeliaSonera was based on Sweden’s controversial “Ipred” law, which came into effect on April 1 last year and gives copyright holders the right to require service providers to reveal details of users who share files, paving the way for legal action.

If TeliaSonera does not give out its clients’ identities, it will have to pay a fee of 750,000 kronor (78,140 euros, 96,523 dollars), the TT news agency reported.

The company was also ordered to pay the court fees.

On February 11, TeliaSonera logged an appeal against a lower court decision forcing it to provide the names and addresses of those behind the website to Svensk Filmindustri, a Swedish film production and distribution company, among others.

The companies had argued Swetorrents violated copyright laws by making copyrighted material available through its homepage, and used the Ipred law to force TeliaSonera to reveal the site operator’s identities.

Until the law was introduced, Sweden — home to one of the world’s most popular filesharing sites, The Pirate Bay — had widely been considered a haven for illegal filesharing.

Swedish Internet users have significantly cut down on illegal downloading since the Ipred law came into effect. The practice was so widespread that overall Internet traffic dropped by up to 30 percent after the law came into force, according to Internet exchange point operator Netnod.

Ipred has been lauded by the music, film and video games industries but staunchly criticised by Sweden’s Pirate Party, which wants to legalise Internet file sharing and beef up web privacy.

Teo suspected of unfair competition

Lithuanian MP Remigijus Zemaitaitis has filed complaints over fixed operator Teo to the Competion Council, Minstry of Health and Ethics Commission for Officials. Zemaitaitis has asked the institutions to investigate the information campaign.

Telia charging for an encrypted experience

There are few things that annoy me as much as outrageous fees and taxes. Road tolls on old narrow roads, additional “recreation fees” on top of the $250 a night you pay at that resort, and here’s another one for you:

Kort/Krypteringsavgift                  20 apr – 19 okt 2010          249,00

My cable provider Telia has the nerve to charge me 500 SEK per year in encryption fees! Yes, they are in fact charging me, the customer, for crippling their own service with encryption making it impossible for me to watch the cable channels on more than one TV at a time. Unless I buy a second decryption card, which will incur other fees, of course.

This is just as ridiculous as having Skatteverket (the Swedish equivalent to the IRS) sending me an invoice together with my tax return to cover the costs of processing it.

P.S. Yes, I know this is a common practice among TV providers, but that doesn’t mean it’s not outrageous.