Vodafone reportedly in collaboration talks with BSkyB

Mobile carrier Vodafone(s vod) and British broadcasting and broadband firm BSkyB are in talks to create some sort of partnership, according to a report (subscription required) in The Sunday Times. The report suggests that while the companies are loath to build a new fiber network – Sky Broadbrand mostly uses national giant BT(s bt)’s infrastructure – they “have discussed striking deals on Sky’s sports and movie channels and collaborating on a high-speed broadband service.” BSkyB, which offers broadband, telephony and TV but not mobile, is currently looking to get back at BT for winning crucial football broadcasting rights in November, an event which hit BSkyB’s share price hard.

Fiber and caps are the future: A view from a small ISP

Much of the discussion about ISPs centers around the nation’s largest players in the telecommunications and cable fields, but there are a number of smaller ISPs that can also share how competition is faring in the U.S. and what might happen if more flourished.

Cox’s Wireless Plans Taking Shape

Cox Communications is one cable company that is wasting no time and embracing wireless. Cox’s wireless subsidiary, Cox Wireless, spent around $304 million and snatched up 14 Block A and eight Block B licenses as part of the recently concluded 700 spectrum auctions. Now, there is word that the company has given the contract to build the network to Chinese equipment maker, Huawei. UBS Research in a note to its clients notes that, Huawei is going to supply CDMA gear for a wireless network.

“Huawei won over the likes of Alcatel-Lucent and Nortel. Although we estimate this business at less than $100 million per year, we note that it marks a key stepping stone as Huawei looks to gain traction in North America,” UBS Research notes. A Cox spokesperson declined comment when I reached out to them. According to Cable Digital News, analysts believe Cox could use the wireless spectrum to build a wireless broadband network. Huawei is making gear that works on CDMA and LTE networks.

Other cable companies that won slices of 700 MHz spectrum include Vulcan Spectrum, an entity controlled by Paul Allen, who also owns Charter Communications. Bend Broadband of Oregon also snagged a Block B license. Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Brighthouse Networks are rumored to be exploring a WiMAX venture with Sprint and Clearwire. Comcast recently hired Dave Williams, former CTO of O2, to head up Comcast Wireless, indicating that it is finally serious about wireless. A recent survey from Compete and Fierce Wireless shows that consumers will happily buy wireless service if offered by a wireline carrier or a cable provider.