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.
UK fixed line players Sky and TalkTalk have created a joint venture to deliver fibre to the premises across the city of York. The firms have taken equal shares in the JV, along with fibre infrastructure provider CityFibre, to build a nationwide FTTP network promising broadband speeds of up to 1Gbps to businesses and homes in the city.
Despite all households in the European Union now having access to basic internet connectivity, significant challenges remain before the same can be said of high-speed services, not least of which is the high cost of wiring up rural areas, according to UK research firm Point Topic.
Canada’s SaskTel has started rolling out a fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network called ‘infiniNET’ in its home province of Saskatchewan, offering downstream speeds of up to 60 Mbps.
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.
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.
A report from Point Topic finds that smaller network operators are beginning to find a niche for high-speed broadband services in the UK, despite BT and Virgin Media gaining real scale with their own market-dominating services.
UK telco BT has successfully trialled the delivery of Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband on an on-demand basis in St Agnes, Cornwall, delivering speeds of up to 300 Mbps
Canadian telco SaskTel has selected Alcatel-Lucent as the primary infrastructure provider for its project to implement a Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) converged network in the province of Saskatchewan