International technology research and advisory firm Ovum has announced the launch of the world’s first broadband development index to integrate both fixed and mobile connectivity statistics. The index highlights European struggles in connecting consumers to high speed fixed fibre broadband and LTE mobile broadband.
Broadband solution specialist Genesis Technical Systems claimed copper holds unrealised potential for both fixed and mobile operators, saying it is “time to tap into technologies that turn copper into mobile gold.” The Canadian firm claimed the economics of small cell deployments makes fibre less attractive than enhanced copper solutions.
Telefónica’s UK subsidiary O2 has announced its intention to deploy a full fibre core network throughout the country, touching on 19 connectivity points from Glasgow, Scotland to Salisbury in the South West.
At the Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam this week Alcatel-Lucent announced an expanded product offering for broadband access network, including new G.fast and optical networking solutions. The infrastructure vendor cited trials with Telekom Austria’s subsidiary A1 and Vodafone as both technologies near completion and commercial readiness for the start of 2015. The new G.fast service is [...]
BT has revealed the results of its G.fast technology field trial showing combined downstream and upstream speeds of 1Gbps can be delivered via fibre-copper mix.
Vodafone this week closed the acquisition of private equity-owned Spanish cable operator Ono for which it paid €7.2bn. Ono offers high speed broadband and pay TV services in Spain and Vodafone said that the transaction will accelerate its unified communications strategy “in a highly converged European market”.
Telekom Austria Group and América Móvil on Friday unveiled a deal that proposes to create one of the world’s largest fibre networks, with a joint footprint with 200 Points of Presence (PoP) within 47 countries, through the interconnection of networks offering voice, roaming, data and mobile services.
Algerian incumbent operator Algérie Télécom has launched North Africa’s first LTE network, to boost its broadband offering as well as offer VoLTE services. Swedish vendor Ericsson, which supplied the network, said it would help alleviate problems caused by demand for fixed broadband services among Algérie Télécom’s user base.
Ireland’s incumbent operator Eircom said this week it has appointed Goldman Sachs International and Morgan Stanley & Co. International to explore strategic options including a potential international offering and listing (IPO).
US operator AT&T has announced plans to expand its fibre network across the US to up to 100 further cities and municipalities. The operator will be extending the footprint its triple play U-Verse TV, fixed internet and telephony service which it claims delivers speeds of up to 1Gbps.
Google is taking experience gained from the Google Fiber project, which has seen high speed broadband deployed to residences in Kansas City, Austin, Texas and Provo, Utah, and is turning its attention to a less obvious target market: Uganda.
Sten Nordell, Chief Technical Officer at Transmode, talks to Telecoms.com at Broadband World Forum 2013, about the
marrying of optical and ethernet taking place on a much broader level in most networks Transmode deploys in today.
Dave Newbold, CTO of JT Global is speaking in the Access Evolution track on Day Three of the Broadband World Forum, taking place on the 22nd – 24th October 2013 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam. Ahead of the show we find out more about JT Global’s Channel Island based network and the challenges involved in deploying it.
EORN Project Co-Lead, Canada: “High speed services are not a matter of convenience, they are essential to communities”
Jim Pine, EORN Project Co-Lead is speaking in the Access Evolution track on Day Two of the Broadband World Forum, taking place on the 22nd – 24th October 2013 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam. Ahead of the show we fine out more about the great challenges it has faced in bringing high-speed connectivity to the residents of rural Canada.
Operator groups Telekom Austria and KPN International have signed a wholesale partnership to create a fibre network spanning 35 countries. The deal encompasses the interconnection of Ethernet, IP VPN, Wavelength and IPT services to maximise traffic and establish an increased presence for both firms in Europe.
Norwegian regional service provider Enivest has ordered fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) solutions from Swedish firm Tilgin to simplify the deployment and maintenance of FTTH connections for its subscribers.
Norway’s telecoms incumbent Telenor has committed itself to investing NOK 4bn (€500mn) in fibre-optic broadband services for businesses, citing the rise in enterprise demand for cloud and video services.
UK fibre-to-the-home specialist Hyperoptic has closed a large round of funding worth £50m ($75m) to roll out FTTH connections to as many as ten cities around the country by the end of the year.
Swedish infrastructure vendor Ericsson has announced it will close down its telecom cable manufacturing business. The news follows the sale of its power cable operation to Danish cable manufacturer NKT Cables for SEK250m ($38.4m) earlier this month.
Providing super-fast broadband to the whole of the European Union could be much less expensive than previously thought, according to UK research firm Point Topic, which estimates that the whole economic area could be served for €80bn – less than a third of the €270bn estimated by the European Commission in its Digital Agenda.