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Ericsson to close down telecom cable business

Ericsson is to close down its telecom cables operation

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.

EC’s super-fast broadband estimates challenged

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.

Marketing and products executive director, GVT Brazil: “Cloud gaming is one of the services with high potential for retail”

Ricardo Sanfelice, marketing and products executive director for GVT, Brazil

Ricardo Sanfelice, marketing and products executive director for GVT Brazil, is speaking on Day One of the Broadband LATAM 2013 conference, taking place on 2-3 July 2013 at the Grand Hyatt, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Ahead of the show we find out why fibre is such an important focus for the Brazilian telco.

French president promises €20bn broadband pot

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François Hollande, president of the French republic and co-prince of Andorra, has promised an investment plan worth €20bn for the development of ultra-high-speed broadband in France, financed through a mix of private enterprise and state funds.

Australian’s NBN Co “could offer fibre-on-demand”

Australia's National Broadband Network will eventually cover 93% of the country's population with fibre

Australia’s shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has won headlines again for his outspoken views on the country’s National Broadband Network, this time claiming that he believes Australians could be offered on-demand access to fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connections as part of the nationwide rollout of fibre-to-the-node (FTTN).

Telefónica to invest more in fibre

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Spanish telecoms giant Telefónica plans to invest more in its fibre broadband networks in major cities like Madrid and Barcelona this year, and also increase its fibre footprint in smaller cities like Bilbao and Seville.

China’s smart grids a big opportunity for PON tech

Smart grids pose a big opportunity

Smart grids based on passive optical networking (PON) technologies are set to provide a $1.5-2bn opportunity for fibre and FTTx component and infrastructure vendors targeting China, according to statistics released Wednesday.

Jersey Telecom looks locally for FTTH tech

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JT Group, one of the major telecoms providers for the Channel Islands, has selected local supplier Genexis to provide the optical home gateways needed for its rollout of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connections to all 42,000 homes on Jersey.

All ship-shape and Bristol fashion for 1Gbps network

The US city of Bristol, Tennessee has installed a 1Gbps broadband network for all 33,000 residential and business electric customers of Bristol Tennessee Essential Services (BTES).

Rethinking backhaul

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Any modern communications network is a complex architectural arrangement. By 2013 it’s likely that a mobile network operator will have 2G, 3G and LTE operations running in parallel, with support infrastructure such as backhaul that has been updated and augmented over the years. As networks mature, they also evolve—the trend right now is to alleviate RAN congestion with smaller cells, increasing network density but also putting extra burden on the backhaul infrastructure. In order to keep pace, backhaul implementations also need to evolve.

Telecom Argentina planning major FTTH network

Telecom Argentina is moving ahead with its FTTH plans

Italy’s Prysmian Group has won a contract with Telecom Argentina to supply and install an optical network that will provide the passive infrastructure for the first part of its new fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network.

UK passes 2m super-fast broadband lines in service

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The UK had passed the major milestone of 2mn active subscriptions to super-fast broadband services by the beginning of June, meaning that 10% of the country’s broadband lines are now capable of delivering speeds over 25 Mbps, according to a new report from UK research firm Point Topic.

UK government’s broadband strategy attacked by Lords’ report

The House of Lords Select Committee on Communications has criticised the government's focus on broadband speed over coverage

The UK government is taking the wrong approach to delivering broadband across the UK, according to a report from a House of Lords committee. The report from the Select Committee on Communications claims that the governments current approach favours speed over coverage, and runs the risk that large parts of the UK run the will be left with inadequate connectivity.

Google’s Fiber City project goes live in Kansas City

Google's first fiber city is now ready for customers to sign up

Google has launched its long awaited Google Fiber project in Kansas City, offering a broadband service that it says is 100 times faster the average speed currently available in the US. It has also launched an interactive TV service dubbed Google Fiber TV.

Kroes’ plans to boost European fibre investment stirs controversy

Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda

The European Digital technology commissioner Neelie Kroes has outlined details of the policies she will put in place to ensure that investments continue to be made in broadband infrastructure in Europe. In her speech in Brussels Kroes said: “I want all industry players to receive the signal loud and clear – that they can invest profitably in the future connectivity of Europe, and compete on the basis of their investment.”

Broadband inaction leads to $7tn per year in lost GDP

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Tax revenues worth as much as $1.4tn per year are being missed by governments around the world as a result of sluggish rollout of fixed broadband networks, according to UK research firm Point Topic.

Indian state of Goa to get high-speed broadband soon

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Indian telco BSNL is preparing to launch IPTV and high-speed broadband services in the state of Goa, having already installed GPON equipment in 13 of its exchanges, with more on the way.

Verizon raises the broadband bar with 300Mbps fibre

Verizon is bringing 300Mbps downloads speeds to US homes with fibre-to-the-premises

Verizon, the US broadband service provider, has launched a new Fibre-to-the Premises package called FiOS Quantum that delivers download speeds of up to 300MBps and 65Mbps for uploads. The company said that the service is the fastest internet service currently available to residential customers in the US. By contrast, speeds from cable providers such as Comcast currently top out at 105Mbps.

Madrid to join the 100Mbps club this year

Telefonica's results have been impacted by job cuts in Spain

Spanish carrier Telefónica has indicated that it will install fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connections across the Spanish capital this year, with 1.3 million homes and businesses in Madrid to be provided with 100Mbps connections.

Facebook deploys own Euro fibre network to meet demand

Mobile data growth is a key reason Facebook is investing in a private fibre network in Europe

Mobile operators worldwide should be preparing for an impending surge in traffic over the next several years, with mobile users in 2016 consuming an average of 6.5 times as much video, over eight times as much music and social media, and nearly ten times as much games than in 2011.

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