fibre

More competition in UK superfast broadband space

UK communications regulator Ofcom said this week that BT should allow rivals access to its newly laid fibre network and supporting infrastructure, promoting increased competition in the superfast broadband sector. Cable carrying rival Virgin Media has jumped all over this one, announcing plans to expand its own fibre network across BT’s footprint.

EC plans “broadband-for-all” for 2013

The European Commission (EC) this week proposed a five-year plan for the award and harmonisation of radio spectrum within the EU to boost the deployment and take up of fast and ultra-fast broadband.

Colt trials 100 Gigabit Ethernet with Infinera

Colt has successfully completed its first European field trial of 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100GbE) over a live network, using kit from Infinera.The trial consisted of a 100Gbps transmission over the 861km route on Colt’s low latency fibre network between London and Frankfurt using Infinera’s DTN optical platform. A single trip latency of 4.23ms was measured across the 100Gbps circuit.

Device vendors target China with 3G Androids

China’s homegrown 3G technology, TD-SCDMA, won a little more support this week as device vendors Motorola and Sony Ericsson got behind the platform with a raft of new devices catering to the country’s nascent data services market.

Telstra almost strikes deal to upgrade fixed network

Australian incumbent Telstra will be a major participant in the national broadband network roll out after all. Over the weekend the carrier struck a deal worth approximately A$11bn with the Australian Government, almost cementing its involvement in the wade reaching project.

GTS extends Eastern European network footprint

Central and Eastern European carrier GTS Central Europe said Wednesday it has completed the acquisition of Romanian network operator Datek, boosting its footprint in the corporate network services market in the country and the region.

BT to expand fast fibre offering

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.

IPTV over copper – nightmare or opportunity?

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 broadband slower than advertised

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.

Moto sells off fibre to node portfolio

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).

BT offers free broadband upgrade

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.

Oz government plans to build out own fibre network

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.

BT gets fibre rollout underway

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.

Ofcom puts UK on fibre diet

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 […]

Fast fibre to fill Britain’s sewers

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 […]

BT puts first 100Mbps fibre down

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 […]

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