Category: Broadband


Euro FTTH switchover “could take 92 years”

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.

Deutsche Telekom planning vectoring rollout for 2013

Germany’s biggest telco has indicated plans to introduce vectoring technology on its copper network, enabling it to offer much higher broadband speeds without the heavy investments associated with fibre.

In for the long haul

Robert J Richardson, VP sales – Global Submarine Solutions, Xtera Communications, talks to telecoms.com at AfricaCom 2012, about the provision of long haul telecoms equipment.

UK rural broadband aid approved by EU

Rural areas in the UK will soon receive a ‘superfast’ broadband boost after the UK government received approval to pump £530m into its Broadband Development UK (BDUK) upgrade scheme.

750 million broadband homes expected globally by 2017

The number of broadband homes worldwide will increase from 473 million in 2010 and an expected 578 million in 2012 to an impressive 745 million in 2017, according to a report from UK firm Digital TV Research.

LTE + Smartphones = potential headache for FTTH operators

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.

European telecoms revenue falls for third consecutive year

Revenues from Europe’s telecoms sector have declined for the third year in a row, according to the trade association for the region’s operators ETNO. According to the third ETNO Annual Economic Report total revenue in Europe’s telecoms sector amounted to €274.7bn in 2011, a decrease by 1.5 per cent compared to 2010.

US telcos, cablecos add 580k broadband subs in Q3

The seventeen largest cable and telecoms providers in the US (representing around 93% of the market) acquired 579,521 additional broadband subscribers in the third quarter of this year, according to US firm Leichtman Research Group.

Telekom Malaysia forms collaboration for broadband R&D

Telekom Malaysia’s research and development division (TMR&D) has agreed to collaborate with Chinese firm FiberHome Telecommunication Technologies on joint research efforts regarding advanced optical and wireless communication technologies.

The Need for Speed: The growth of 100G optical fiber

In October 2012, Telecoms.com Intelligence surveyed more than 290 industry players worldwide—including more than 120 network operators, as well as regulators, content providers and software developers—in order to capture the industry’s views on this vital technological development.

Vectoring fueling superfast broadband in Europe but faces challenges in Asia

Former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson once famously remarked that “a week is a long time in politics.” Few would doubt that, but judging from the change in mood between Broadband World Forums 2011 and 2012, if a week is a long time in politics, a year is an eternity in the telecoms market.

Consuming content on the move

Soichiro Saida, Senior Director – Service Portfolio & Territory Strategy, Sony Network Entertainment, talks to telecoms.com at Broadband World Forum about getting content to consumers on the move. Saida talks about the challenges in creating a user experience that works across any device and any form factor.

BBTM 2012 Award Winners Announced

Informa Telecoms & Media are delighted to announce the winners for the Broadband Traffic Management Congress Awards 2012.

The Awards were established to celebrate and give recognition to some of the achievements made by those in the traffic management industry. These prestigious Awards give winners and shortlisted companies a mark of quality, innovation and leadership.

Pay-as-you-grow pragmatism rules the fibre agenda

“We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run”. Amara’s law will probably apply to superfast-broadband services, but it’s little comfort to those operators faced with investing in the multi-billion dollar networks that will support them. While most have one very solid short-term reason for investing in next-generation access – competition from cable – what they might gain in the longer-term remains unclear.

BT accelerates fibre rollout once more

UK incumbent BT revealed in its quarterly results Thursday, that it is again accelerating its fibre rollout, and now expects fibre to be available to two-thirds of UK premises during spring 2014, more than 18 months ahead of the original schedule.

Kroes calls for “broadband for all”

Future generations will “curse the missed opportunity” if the European broadband sector does not successfully negotiate the “tough political and investment decisions” that stand in its path, according to Neelie Kroes, vice president for the digital agenda at the European Commission.

Lack of skills means faster internet could result in job losses

Chinese infrastructure vendor Huawei claims that if the anticipated benefits of fibre-based broadband are to be realised in the UK, issues such as the shortage of digital skills across many industries and old-fashioned working practices and business processes need to be addressed. If they are not, the emergence of superfast broadband connections could result in UK companies outsourcing more jobs abroad rather than creating them locally.

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