fibre

Verizon raises the broadband bar with 300Mbps fibre

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.

Madrid to join the 100Mbps club this year

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.

Facebook deploys own Euro fibre network to meet demand

Mobile operators worldwide should be preparing for an impending surge in traffic over the next several years, with mobile users in 2016 consuming an average of 6.5 times as much video, over eight times as much music and social media, and nearly ten times as much games than in 2011.

BT passes 10 million homes with fibre

UK telco BT has celebrated a considerable milestone for its fibre broadband project, having now passed ten million homes and business with its roll-out, months ahead of its end-2012 target.

UK super-fast altnets starting to find their niche

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.

BT trials “FTTP on-demand”

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

Sky looks to retain position with fibre and IPTV offerings

Sky, the UK TV broadcaster and ISP has announced that it is adding a fibre broadband product to its internet packages, while also for the first time offering an á la carte internet TV service to compete with UK newcomer Netflix.

Sky’s fibre service, based on the UK incumbent BT’s wholesale network, will offer download speed of 40Mb at a cost of £20 a month, undercutting BT. Sky said that the fibre package would be available to 30 per cent of UK homes, and that this would increase in line with BT’s fibre rollout.

BT adds 178 exchanges to fibre roll-out

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.

New fibre rivals gearing up to challenge BT

A raft of new names are poised to enter the UK’s super-fast broadband market and challenge incumbent BT by building alternative fibre-based networks, according to UK analyst firm Point Topic.

Croatian incumbent in deadlock with regulator over fibre

Croatian incumbent T-Hrvatski Telekom has said that it is locked in a stalemate with the country’s regulator over fibre broadband, which is hindering the country’s economy. The operator added that it cannot see a resolution in the near future to the stand-off, which has already dragged on for two years.

KPN strengthens FTTH commitment

Dutch telco KPN has announced a number of measures designed to strengthen its involvement in Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) networks in the Netherlands, including the acquisition of four fibre service providers.

European Commission plans ambitious €100bn fibre project

The European Parliament and the EU’s Council of Ministers is considering a proposal from the European Commission for an ambitious project, worth up to €100bn ($140bn), to fund the rollout of fibre broadband and associated services across the EU.

BT running one year ahead of fibre targets

BT expects to have connected two-thirds of UK premises to its fibre-based broadband network by the end of 2014 – one year ahead of its original target of 2015 – thanks to its recruitment of 520 new engineers, most of whom will be ex-armed forces.

EU wants to make copper less attractive

EU Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes has announced a public consultation looking for ways to make copper-based telecommunications networks less attractive to operators in a bid to spur investment in fiber.

Australian politician and Google clash over fiber

The Australian shadow minister for communications and broadband, Malcolm Turnball, has criticised Google for its support for the Australian government’s NBN scheme, which Turnball described as, ”the most expensive, most anti-competitive broadband network in the world”.

Broadband boost linked to economic growth

The potential contribution of nationwide broadband to economic growth is a staple point in any political party’s manifesto. But research released this week by consultancy Arthur D. Little, Chalmers University of Technology and Ericsson, reveals there is some truth to the claims. In fact, doubling the broadband speed for an economy increases GDP by about 0.3 per cent.

Qatari homes switch on to fibre

Qtel, one of the two major telecoms providers in Qatar (the other being Vodafone Qatar), has started connecting its customers to the country’s new fibre-based broadband network.

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