National incumbent operators such as BT and Deutsche Telekom have been caught on the back foot by cable carriers and their bundled offerings, with analysts expecting a mass deployment of fibre in a bid to avoid large scale subscriber loss.
Portugal crept into the world’s elite group of broadband connected nations at the end of 2009. With 41,500 FTTH subscribers, just under 2% of Portugal’s broadband homes used FTTH at the end of last year and the measure of eliteness used by the FTTH Council Europe, is that more than 1% of connected homes must use FTTH/B.
Having recently read Slavenka Drakulic’s marvellous and wholly wry little book Cafe Europa, I think it is worth noting the real differences that exist in the fixed broadband markets of all the countries in Eastern Europe. And that is the theme of Slavenka’s book: that culture matters and that generalisations are dangerous.
UK incumbent BT said Friday that it is to more than double the availability of its fastest fibre broadband service, delivering speeds of up to 100Mbps to around 2.5 million UK homes and businesses.
Most service providers recognize that fibre architectures are the end-game to effectively deliver IPTV to mass markets. However, mass deployment of fibre requires a significant investment – both in terms of time and money.
UK communications watchdog Ofcom published the results of its research into fixed line broadband speeds in the UK on Tuesday, and it makes disappointing reading.
Troubled handset and equipment vendor Motorola looks to be offloading bits and pieces in order to keep afloat. On Wednesday the firm said it has sold its Fibre to the node (FTTN) product family to telecoms engineering firm Communications Test Design (CDTI).
UK fixed line incumbent BT is to double the headline broadband speeds for millions of consumers and businesses with a free upgrade, the company announced this week.
US operator Verizon said Wednesday that it has struck a deal to offload its fixed line operations serving rural areas to local rival Frontier Communications.
The Australian government has solved its differences with the country’s operators, which were vying to build out a national broadband network, by proposing to undertake the A$43bn task itself.
Are Europe’s former state-owned telecoms monopolies still so powerful that they can halt the march of technological progress? That’s the charge levelled at Danish incumbent TDC by one of the Denmark’s leading fibre-to-the-home operators, aggrieved at the low take-up of its super-fast broadband products.
UK incumbent BT said this week that it will deploy fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) technology at 29 exchanges across the UK, ahead of a commercial launch of super fast broadband in 2010.
UK communications regulator Ofcom cleared the way for investment in super fast broadband on Tuesday. The main thrust of Ofcom’s latest initiative is the support of plans to upgrade the UK’s ageing copper access network to fibre, giving incumbent telco BT something of a boost. With BT upgrading its nationwide network to fibre as part [...]
Dark fibre provider H2O Networks is gearing up to launch Britain’s first ‘fibre town’, boasting a 100Mbps broadband network, in 2009/2010. The company, which lays fibre networks using the existing sewerage system, is planning to offer its first consumer and business service to residents of either Bournemouth, Northampton or Dundee. One of these three towns [...]
UK incumbent carrier BT has started its first deployment of fibre-optic cable, in the Ebbsfleet Valley in Kent. From August, around 10,000 homes on Land Securities’ 1,000 acre new build project and a number of commercial spaces in the area will have access to blistering 100Mbps broadband speeds. BT said that the service would allow [...]