ITU approves G.fast standard

ADTRAN to launch commerical G.fast next year

Members of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) have given their final approval to the broadband technology G.fast. Having the standard in place ensures the technology can now be made commercially available and used to complement fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) scenarios.

Liquid turbo-charges broadband with FTTH in Africa

Liquid Telecoms is rolling out FTTH across Africa

Liquid Telecom, the pan-Africa service provider, has provided an update on its Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) rollout, claiming the fastest ever African enterprise and retail broadband speeds of up to 100Mbps.

ADTRAN to launch commercial G.fast in Q2 2015

ADTRAN to launch commerical G.fast next year

Broadband access specialist ADTRAN has revealed it will launch its G.fast product by the end of the second quarter of 2015. The company said it is moving from a technology concept to commercial reality, helping service providers take advantage of existing networks and bypass cost restrictions posed by fibre-to-the-home ((FTTH) implementations.

Hyperoptic ramps up FTTH distribution

Hyperoptic aiming to bring FTTH connectivity across the UK

UK incumbent BT is facing growing competition in the fibre broadband market from fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) vendor Hyperoptic. The FTTH specialist focuses on delivering fibre broadband directly to consumer premises in newly built homes.

Alcatel-Lucent claims 1 Gbps over copper breakthrough

Broadband speeds over copper are improving

Alcatel-Lucent’s research arm – Bell Labs, has announced a prototype technology that enables copper lines to deliver 1 Gigabits per second symmetrical (simultaneous download and upload) broadband speeds.

Bouygues Telecom launches low-cost FTTH

Bouygues switches its focus to fixed

French service provider Bouygues Telecom, which lost out to cable operator Numericable in its attempt to secure the acquisition of Vivendi’s SFR and lead consolidation in the country’s mobile sector, has launched an assault on the high-speed fixed internet market in the country.

Spain’s Jazztel launches FTTH

Spanish triple play services provider Jazztel said Tuesday that its national high speed broadband fibre to the home (FTTH) network has begun commercial operation. The fixed-line voice, data and internet and mobile services provider teamed up with Chinese kit vendor ZTE to build the broadband network out within two years to cover three million home and corporate users in Spain.

Director Network Investment, Openreach, UK: “The potential of fibre is huge at a technical level but economics of deployment are very important”

Dr Peter Bell, Director for Network Investment, Openreach, UK

Dr Peter Bell, Director for Network Investment, Openreach, UK is speaking in the Access Evolution track on Day One 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 how Openreach makes its investment choices and what his views are on the realistic timeline for FTTH deployments.

Director, access engineering, Embratel Brasil: “The impact of 4G cannot be exaggerated”

Luiz Fernando de Castro Bourdot, director access engineering at Embratel Brasil

Luiz Fernando de Castro Bourdot, director access engineering at Embratel Brasil is taking part in a panel discussion on Day Two of the Broadband LATAM conference taking place on the 2nd and 3rd July at the at the Grand Hyatt, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Ahead of the show we find out more about Embratel is getting ready for the data surge ahead of the sporting events taking place in the country in the next few years.

Tilgin scores Scandi FTTH order

optical fibre

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.

Hyperoptic secures £50m to roll out FTTH


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.

Broadband operators must beware of the dangers of FTTH ‘speed race’

Kapsch has acquired the railway connectivity business of Japan's NEC

The news last month that Japanese ISP So-Net was launching the Nuro 2Gbps FTTH service for residential users – the fastest residential service in the world – was greeted with envy by bandwidth-starved users the world over.

Although it must be wonderful for Japanese consumers to choose between rival 1Gbps services from the likes of NTT East and West, KDDI and the regional power companies offering FTTH – with So-Net’s latest offering being the cherry on the cake – there are serious implications here for operators.

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.

Director, Product Marketing, Etisalat: “FTTH is necessary for businesses and consumers”

Maen Haddad, Director/Product Marketing, Etisalat

Ahead of the Broadband MEA 2013 conference, taking place on the 19th-20th March 2013 at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai, UAE, Dubai, UAE, we speak to Maen Haddad, Director/Product Marketing, Etisalat on the latest broadband developments in the region and his views on issues such as piracy and FTTH deployment.

CTO, Zain: “Data growth is the biggest challenge in today’s market”

Yousef Abu Mutawe, CTO, Zain

Yousef Abu Mutawe, CTO, Zain, is delivering the opening keynote on Day Two of the Broadband MEA 2013 conference, taking place on the 19th-20th March 2013 at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai, UAE, Dubai, UAE. Ahead of the show we learn about Zain’s activities in the past year, why wifi offload is crucial for it and of which technologies it is making use.

North American telcos to invest $18bn in FTTH over next five years


Direct investment in the deployment of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks in North America will grow to $4.7bn annually by 2017, or $18bn cumulatively over the next five years, according to US research firm RVA LLC.

Spanish FTTH connections double

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Spain’s appetite for fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) lines remains undimmed, with the number of FTTH connections doubling over the past year to reach 288,012 by the end of 2012, according to a new report published by Telefónica.

Alexander Bard is the keynote speaker at the FTTH Conference 2013 in London


Tech revolution in the FTTH era is key topic of 10th edition of the world’s largest FTTH event
The FTTH Council Europe announced that Alexander Bard, Swedish philosopher and ‘Internet sociologist’ will be the keynote speaker at the FTTH Conference 2013, to be held in London from 19 to 21 February 2013.

Jersey Telecom looks locally for FTTH tech


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.

Euro FTTH switchover “could take 92 years”

Time for change

The switchover from copper-based to completely fibre-based broadband networks in the EU could take 92 years unless the region’s national governments embark on a comprehensive switchover plan, according to UK-based consultancy Ventura Team.