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Super-fast broadband now available to half of all EU citizens

Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda

Over half of EU citizens can now access super-fast broadband services, while basic broadband speeds are nearly ubiquitous, according to a study produced by UK firm Point Topic.

LTE + Smartphones = potential headache for FTTH operators

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Here in Australia the debate over the A$37 billion FTTH National Broadband Network (NBN) has been as bitter and partisan as anything I have seen in my 15 years living down under, at times it has made debates over traditional hot-button issues like abortion and gay marriage seem like tea and biscuits with the local Vicar.

Connecting the home

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Jane Chen, Senior Vice President, ZTE Corporation, talks to telecoms.com about cloud, connected home and wireless broadband. FTTX investment is high on the agenda, as is optical networking, but at the other end of the connection is consumer premise equipment which ZTE also claims a strong role in.

Spain and Luxembourg nudge into Europe’s FTTH leadership table

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Uptake of fibre broadband services continues to grow in Europe, with the region’s 35 largest economies seeing a 16% increase in fibre-to-the-home/fibre-to-the-building (FTTH/B) subscribers during the first half of this year to reach 5.95mn, according to the latest figures from industry body the FTTH Council Europe.

Director general, Grupo Salinas Telecom, Colombia: “Under-served areas have high growth potential”

Samer Salameh is director general, Grupo Salinas Telecom, Colombia

Samer Salameh is director general, Grupo Salinas Telecom, Colombia and is taking part in a panel discussion on innovative business models on Day One of the Broadband World Forum 2012. Ahead of the show we speak to him about the major milestones that company has reached over the past year and what its major challenges for the future.

Small telcos play key role in FTTH expansion in North America

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The number of North American households hooked up to fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks has hit the nine million mark, with small incumbent telephone companies continuing to lead the growth in fibre to the home deployments, according to the FTTH Council Americas.

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.

Waoo! CEO, Denmark:”Every ISP is being challenged by OTT”

Anders Christjansen, CEO of Denmark’s triple-play ISP Waoo!

Anders Christjansen is CEO of Denmark’s triple-play ISP Waoo! and is speaking in the FTTH Deployment and Content Strategies session of the FTTH stream on Day Three of the Broadband World Forum 2012. We catch up with him to find out what has made Waoo! a Scandinavian success story and where he sees the market heading in the future.

Telkom SA to expand super-fast broadband across South Africa

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South Africa’s Telkom SA is to dramatically expand the availability of super-fast broadband services across the country, as part of its strategic ‘Network Transformation Initiative’.

Orange to invest €300mn in Spanish FTTH network

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Orange has revealed plans to invest around €300mn over the next four years in a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network which will deliver speeds of up to 100 Mbps to around 1.5mn homes and businesses in the country’s biggest cities, with the first connections to be switched on before the end of this year.

China Telecom teams with Alcatel-Lucent for broadband expansion

Alcatel-Lucent has been given the nod from China Telecom to provide it with a 100Gbps capable network

Alcatel-Lucent, the France headquartered telecoms vendor, has been chosen by China Telecom to significantly expand the Chinese company’s broadband network in a deal worth US$123.95m.

How viable is wavelength unbundling on FTTH networks?

Belgium's fourth 3G licence has been granted to a consortium

I have been looking into the Open Lambda Initiative (OLI), NGPON 2 technologies and the fascinating framework that the OLI is creating which would allow multiple operators to each deploy their own active equipment on a PON tree architecture and use different wavelengths on the fibre. This offers a solution to a problem with today’s EPON/GPON FTTH systems: only one company can deploy its own OLTs, limiting flexibility and room for differentiation amongst the other players.

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.

Over 8m North American homes enjoying FTTH broadband

The USA is leading the FTTH charge

Around 900,000 households across the US, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean signed up for Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) broadband services in the 12 months to March 2012, according to new figures from the FTTH Council Americas

Hong Kong Broadband Network: “For us, speed is always the first priority”

Henry Yeung is head of network development at Hong Kong Broadband Network

Henry Yeung is head of network development at Hong Kong Broadband Network. He is speaking on the subject of Cloud TV on Day One of the Broadband ip&TV Asia 2012 conference, taking place on the 15th-16th May 2012, KL Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In this interview he explains why network speed is at the core of what the operator does but that coverage remains a challenge.

Crown Fibre CEO, “FTTH will enable New Zealand to compete in a global marketplace”

Graham Mitchell is CEO of Crown Fibre Holdings, New Zealand

Graham Mitchell is CEO of Crown Fibre Holdings, a group tasked with bringing ultra-fast broadband to New Zealand. He is speaking on Day Two of the Broadband ip&TV Asia 2012 conference taking place on the 15th-16th May 2012, KL Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He tells Telecoms.com how New Zealand’s ambitious initiative of rolling out fibre could help others learn from its experience.

Qatar to deliver FTTH to 95% of households by 2015

European operators are continuing to adopt fibre

The oil-rich state of Qatar has confirmed that it will be building a Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) infrastructure that will cover 95 per cent of Qatari homes and 100 per cent of businesses by 2015.

Orange to share fibre network with Bouygues Telecom

BT ahead of target with its fibre rollout

France Telecom-Orange has signed a partnership agreement with Bouygues Telecom to share the Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) networks it has deployed across France.

BT adds 178 exchanges to fibre roll-out

BT's 21C network will be based on fibre

UK incumbent telco BT has added a further 178 exchanges across the country to its fibre deployment programme. These new exchanges cover more than 1.8mn homes and businesses, and the majority of them will be enabled in 2012.

Global penetration of IPTV to pass 1% in 2012

2011: Predictions for the year ahead

A report from US firm Pyramid Research which details its expectations for the telecoms market in 2012 predicts that managed-network IPTV services will be in one per cent of households worldwide next year.

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