New fibre rivals gearing up to challenge BT

BT could be challenged by new players

A raft of new names are poised to enter the UK’s super-fast broadband market and challenge incumbent BT by building alternative fibre-based networks, according to UK analyst firm Point Topic.

Croatian incumbent in deadlock with regulator over fibre

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Croatian incumbent T-Hrvatski Telekom has said that it is locked in a stalemate with the country’s regulator over fibre broadband, which is hindering the country’s economy. The operator added that it cannot see a resolution in the near future to the stand-off, which has already dragged on for two years.

KPN strengthens FTTH commitment

KPN has announced its new FTTH strategy for the Netherlands

Dutch telco KPN has announced a number of measures designed to strengthen its involvement in Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) networks in the Netherlands, including the acquisition of four fibre service providers.

European Commission plans ambitious €100bn fibre project

The EU Commission is looking to attract investment of €100bn to be spent on rolling out fibre broadband across Europe

The European Parliament and the EU’s Council of Ministers is considering a proposal from the European Commission for an ambitious project, worth up to €100bn ($140bn), to fund the rollout of fibre broadband and associated services across the EU.

BT running one year ahead of fibre targets

BT ahead of target with its fibre rollout

BT expects to have connected two-thirds of UK premises to its fibre-based broadband network by the end of 2014 – one year ahead of its original target of 2015 – thanks to its recruitment of 520 new engineers, most of whom will be ex-armed forces.

EU wants to make copper less attractive

EU Commissioner Neelie Kroeas wants to encourage operators to invest in fibre

EU Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes has announced a public consultation looking for ways to make copper-based telecommunications networks less attractive to operators in a bid to spur investment in fiber.

Australian politician and Google clash over fiber

Kevin Lo, head of access, Google, speaking at the Broadband World Forum in Paris

The Australian shadow minister for communications and broadband, Malcolm Turnball, has criticised Google for its support for the Australian government’s NBN scheme, which Turnball described as, ”the most expensive, most anti-competitive broadband network in the world”.

Broadband boost linked to economic growth

The potential contribution of nationwide broadband to economic growth is a staple point in any political party’s manifesto. But research released this week by consultancy Arthur D. Little, Chalmers University of Technology and Ericsson, reveals there is some truth to the claims. In fact, doubling the broadband speed for an economy increases GDP by about 0.3 per cent.

Qatari homes switch on to fibre

By 2015, 95% of Qatari homes are to be connected via fibre

Qtel, one of the two major telecoms providers in Qatar (the other being Vodafone Qatar), has started connecting its customers to the country’s new fibre-based broadband network.

Changing the rules of the game

William Yeung, chief executive of Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN)

William Yeung, chief executive of Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN) is delivering a keynote speech on Day Three of the Broadband World Forum to be held at the CNIT, La Defense, Paris, France on 27-29 September 2011. We recently quizzed him on HKBN’s position on the challenges and opportunities presented by fibre.

BT announces latest locations for fibre broadband

If you fancy a cheap 1Gbps broadband connection then Sebastopol in the US just got a lot more attractive

UK telco BT has revealed the locations of a further 114 exchanges where it will install fibre-based infrastructure, which together will serve more than one million homes and businesses.

P&TLuxembourg to launch fibre broadband in the Grand Duchy

Virgin Media has completed a trail offering 1.5Gbps

P&TLuxembourg, the main operator of Luxembourg, has confirmed that it plans to launch its fibre-based broadband network in September.

Hutch’s FTTB price cuts set the dumb-pipe question raging again

As another operator launches cheap fibre broadband in Hong Kong, the debate continues on whether they can be more than a dumb-pipe operator

Sometimes the good people of Hong Kong must wonder what on earth they have done to deserve such a plethora of high-speed broadband offerings (writes Tony Brown, Senior Analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media). At times it must almost be too much, as their cup overflows with cut-rate 100Mbps offerings being forced upon them by market-share-hungry operators.

Ericsson joins du’s FTTH project

du's rollout of Fibre-to-the-Home in the UAE continues to scale upwards

Du, one of the two major operators in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has selected GPON solutions from Ericsson for its rollout of a Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) network in the country.

eircom to invest over €100m in fibre rollout

Operations Technician Paddy Donohoe with Paul Donovan, CEO eircom Group

Irish operator Eircom Group has announced that it plans to “significantly” upgrade Ireland’s telecoms infrastructure by rolling out fibre-based access technologies across the country, before launching IPTV over the new infrastructure in mid-2012.

Nokia Siemens Networks to deliver fibre boost for China

NSN will be deploying a 5,000Kb long 40Gbps optical network for China Unicom

China’s fibre diet was bulked out yet further this week with the news that China Unicom has tapped Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to deploy a 40Gbps-capable optical network for the operator.

Bulgaria’s EVO installing Fibre-to-the-Home

Bulgarian ISP EVO has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to provide gigabit passive optical network (GPON) technology for its upgrade to Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) connections.

Alcatel-Lucent selected for ‘Broadband China, Fibre Cities’ project

China Telecom is preparing to deliver fibre broadband across the country on a huge scale

China Telecom has selected Alcatel-Lucent to provide a range of technology solutions for its project to deliver fibre optic broadband services to many unserved or underserved areas of the country.

O2 UK to trial fibre broadband commercially this year

O2 UK has confirmed that it plans to launch commercial trials of fibre-based fixed broadband services later this year

Questioning the unquestionable: is fibre-to-the-home really the future of broadband?

So, everyone’s agreed: broadband operators will eventually replace their decades-old copper networks with superfast fibre all the way to the home. That, at least was the consensus of some speakers on stage at last week’s fibre-to-the-x (FTTx) and Next-Generation Access (NGA) Summit in Berlin, Germany. But talk from operators and vendors on the show floor gave me yet more cause to question this conclusion