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 Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Ooredoo Qatar reached the milestone of 200,000 customers connected to its fibre broadband network on 13 December, it announced in a press release yesterday, having launched the high speed triple-play connectivity service nearly three years ago. Ooredoo added that around 9,000 homes a month are currently being connected to Ooredoo Fibre, supporting 100Mbps broadband speeds, voice telephony and IPTV (‘Mozaic TV’), while the lion’s share of its existing fixed broadband customers have now been transferred from ADSL connections. Sheikh Saud bin Nasser al-Thani, CEO, Ooredoo Qatar, said: ‘As our community prepares to celebrate Qatar National Day together, I am proud that Ooredoo has lived up to its promise to connect people to the fastest-available fibre network.’ Ooredoo’s fibre investment will continue throughout 2015, while the full-service operator is also planning a significant infrastructure investment and capacity-building programme in the run-up to the FIFA World Cup 2022 hosted by Qatar.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 9:17:56 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, May 01, 2014

South African telco MTN has announced plans to commercially launch a 100Mbps fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband service in its domestic market on 1 June 2014, TechCentral reports. According to the article, MTN demonstrated its FTTH technology at the Monaghan Farm estate, located 30km north of Johannesburg, on 12 April 2014, and is currently rolling out fibre-optic networks, which utilise Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) technology, to business parks and residential estates in all major cities. Residents of Monaghan Farm will gain access to the fibre-optic network in mid-May, with around 60% of them already signing up for the service. Speeds on offer will reportedly vary between 10Mbps and 100Mbps, although the company has not provided any pricing details, as costs are to be negotiated on a case-by-case basis, dependent on the amount of infrastructure required for each estate.

Meanwhile, rival Vodacom has also revealed that it is actively deploying fibre cabling in business parks and is preparing to start fibre-optic network rollouts in selected gated communities. ‘We’re currently building the fibre backbone to make this possible’, a company representative told TechCentral, although he added that it was too early to give any ‘concrete details’ at this stage.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, May 01, 2014 2:12:05 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Taiwanese multi-service operator Chunghwa Telecom is reportedly planning to launch a 300Mbps/100Mbps fibre-optic broadband service next month, according to Digitimes. With the service expected to be offered to consumers for less than TWD2,000 (USD66) per month, Chunghwa will also make changes to the upload speeds offered by its existing fibre broadband packages. To that end, the telco will boost the uplink rate on its current 100Mbps/20Mbps package to 40Mbps, while its 60Mbps/15Mbps plan will see the rate increased to 20Mbps; neither package will see an increase in price.

With Chunghwa’s fixed line broadband subscriber base said to currently stand at 3.76 million, the bulk of these (2.71 million) are connected via fibre, while the remaining 1.05 million are ADSL-based accesses. Looking ahead, the operator has set out its stall to increase the number of customers taking its 100Mbps downlink package, and it aims to increase this from the 480,000 such subscribers it has now, to one million by the end of 2014.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 8:42:23 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Uruguay’s national telecoms operator Administracion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Antel) is aiming to increase the number of households connected to its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network to 500,000 by the end of this year, the company’s president Carolina Cosse is quoted by El Pais as saying. At present, around 288,000 customers are connected to Antel’s fibre-optic infrastructure, which passes about 740,000 homes in the country. Last year the state-owned company said it will invest USD1.112 billion in its operations by 2017, around USD727 million of which will be spent on its access network, including the rollout and expansion of its FTTH infrastructure. Cosse also revealed that Antel’s 4G LTE network, which was launched in December 2011, covers 80% of the capital Montevideo and 99% of Punta del Este.

Source: Uruguay.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 8:41:16 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, February 13, 2014

According to "Kazakhtelecom", the digitalization rate was 98.19%. About 1750 km of fiber-optic communication lines have been built in Akmola, East Kazakhstan, West Kazakhstan, Kostanay, Karaganda, Pavlodar, North Kazakhstan and South Kazakhstan regions. Further modernization and development of rural communication CDMA / EVDO allowed to cover more than 3700 rural settlements.

In 2013, within the development and modernization of the telecommunications network, the company continued work on the projects: building of FTTH networks, implementation and construction of a network communication standard 4G LTE, the development of highway network, construction of rural communication network WLL CDMA 450, the introduction of IP TV, modernization and development of local networks.

In addition, work has been continued on the implementation of wireless Internet access of  fourth-generation standard LTE. In 2013, the network was deployed in Aktau, Aktobe, Atyrau, Karaganda, Ust-Kamenogorsk, Shymkent, Zhezkazgan, Temirtau, and  expanded in Almaty, Astana and their suburbs. In other regional centers pilot zones were organized. About 110,000 subscribers were registered.

As a result of the completion of III phase of the strategic project "Construction of FTTH networks” included into the Industrialization Map of Kazakhstan, about 15 500 houses and more than 7300 cottages were covered by fiber-optic networks. In the past year, the works on the development of IP TV services were carried out in Astana, Almaty and in all regional centers. The network capacity was more than 246,000 points of connection by year-end.

Source: Kazakhstan 2050.

CIS | FTTH/B | LTE
Thursday, February 13, 2014 10:23:39 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, February 11, 2014

French telecoms regulator Arcep has opened a public consultation on a draft document concerning the prospective deployment of a fibre-to-the-distribution-point (FTTdp) network as part of the country’s ongoing fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) rollout. FTTdp is a form of next generation network architecture where fibre is terminated very close to the customer’s premises; however, unlike a FTTH configuration, FTTdp reuses existing copper or coaxial cable to connect a customer’s premises to the fibre network.

According to an Arcep press release, the watchdog has set up a new FTTdp working group, comprising of operators, local authority associations and representatives of the relevant government departments, to assess the level of interest in rolling out such a solution. However, Arcep points out that the use of FTTdp architecture raises a number of questions, particularly relating to the maturity of technical solutions and their compatibility with the French regulatory framework. Further, the regulator has stated that additional field trials need to be carried out before a decision is made. Arcep invites all interested parties to submit their comments and recommendations and provide feedback on the published discussion by 28 April 2014.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 4:06:14 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Over 270,000 households are connected to the fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network of Uruguayan national telecoms operator Administracion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Antel), the state-owned company has revealed. In total, around 717,000 homes are passed by Antel’s fibre-optic infrastructure, which stretches 13,000km, and the firm aims to cover all towns with over 3,500 inhabitants with FTTH in 2015. Last year the company said it will invest USD1.112 billion in its operations by 2017, around USD727 million of which will be spent on its access network, including the rollout and expansion of its FTTH infrastructure.

TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database states that China’s ZTE was selected in September 2011 to build Antel’s national FTTH network and the first home was connected to the infrastructure one month later. Services are marketed under the brand ‘Vera’, with plans for residential users ranging in price from UYU690 (USD33.8) per month for the entry-level 20Mbps downstream connection to UYU1,590 for the top-end 120Mbps/12Mbps download/upload plan.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 4:02:38 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

BT Group has reported revenue of GBP 4.59 billion for the third quarter ending 31 December 2013, up 2 percent from GBP 4.52 billion a year earlier, with adjusted EBITDA flat at GBP 1.53 billion. Adjusted profit before tax was up 8 percent to GBP 722 million, from GBP 666 million, with adjusted operating profit up 4 percent to GBP 867 million, from GBP 833 million. BT has now passed more than 18 million UK premises with its fibre broadband network. Openreach registered 339,000 net fibre connections in Q3, up 38 percent, with around 2.4 million homes and businesses now connected. BT added a record 228,000 net retail fibre broadband customers in Q3, up 14 percent, and now has around 1.9 million fibre broadband customers. The UK broadband market grew by 252,000 customers in Q3, of which BT's share of net additions was 60 percent or 150,000. BT ended the quarter with more than 2.5 million direct BT Sport customers.
 
BT Global Services saw revenue grow 4 percent in Q3 to GBP 1.79 billion, from GBP 1.74 billion a year earlier, with EBITDA up 22 percent to GBP 263 million, from GBP 215 million, and operating profit up 91 percent to GBP 111 million, from GBP 58 million. Total order intake for BT Global Services was GBP 1.5 billion in Q3, compared to GBP 1.9 billion in the year-earlier quarter, with orders growing 4 percent on a 12-month rolling basis.

Source: Telecom Paper.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 4:00:03 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, January 31, 2014

Nepal Telecom (NT) has revealed that it will be demonstrating its nascent fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services in early February, with a commercial launch planned for ten areas in mid-April. Five of the launches will come in suburbs of the capital Kathmandu, while the remainder will be in outlying towns. A report from local news site Republica quotes NT spokesperson Shyam Sundar Yadav as saying: ‘We are planning to launch the fibre cable service in the areas under Sundhara, Chhauni, Naxal, Patan and Chabahil exchanges inside the Valley [Kathmandu], and areas under Biratnagar, Birgunj, Bharatpur, Butwal and Pokhara exchange outside the valley in the first phase.’ As part of the FTTH project, NT has already completed the installation of optical fibre links to the exchanges, with successful pilot schemes of the 100Mbps offering having been run last year in three areas of Kathmandu: Durbar Marg, Kamaladi and Thamel.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, January 31, 2014 3:45:54 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, January 06, 2014

Swedish regulator the PTS has reported that during the first half of 2013 total revenues in the retail market for mobile voice and data services rose by 3% year-on-year to over SEK14 billion (USD2.1 billion), with 59% of mobile revenue still accounted for by voice services, but with the share of mobile data (internet) services on the rise, reaching 28%. The watchdog calculated that the number of ‘active’ users of 4G LTE data services reached 811,000 by the end of June 2013, helping to drive up mobile data traffic in the first half of the year to 124,700 Terabytes, or 68% more than during the first half of 2012. The number of mobile broadband subscriptions with download speeds of 30Mbps or higher increased by more than two million in a year to nearly 2.7 million at 30 June 2013, while the number of subscriptions to smartphones increased by 30% y-o-y to 5.4 million. Meanwhile, the number of text messages sent declined by 8% while the number of MMS increased by 22%. Outgoing call minutes from mobile networks increased by 4% to 12.6 billion minutes in H1 2013, compared to the number of outgoing traffic minutes from fixed networks which declined by 17%, resulting in the total number of outgoing traffic minutes decreasing by nearly 5%.

Sweden’s number of subscriptions for fixed broadband via direct fibre connections amounted to 1.1 million at the end of June 2013, up by 16% y-o-y, which offset a decline in accesses via other fixed technologies, meaning that the total number of fixed broadband subscriptions increased by almost 2%. In June 2013 there were 840,000 subscriptions for fixed broadband with download speeds of 100Mbps or higher, representing 27% of all fixed broadband subscriptions.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, January 06, 2014 11:10:31 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, October 31, 2013
ipNX Nigeria plans to deploy a fibre-to-the-home network covering three major commercial cities in Nigeria – Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt. The network roll-out commenced in the last quarter of 2012 and is expected to reach 500,000 households in 2015 and 2 million in 2017, said MD Ejovi Aror. The company already operates on the Nigerian market as a wireless ISP, under the brand iwireless, the Punch reported. Over the past two years, ipNX has been developing new services, including IPTV, video conferencing and video surveillance. ipNX's Head of Strategic Marketing, Kazeem Shitu said services from the FTTH network were currently available in selected areas of Lagos Island, Victoria Island, Ikoyi and Lekki. Customers in Ikeja, Apapa and Surulere will be able to access the services from November.

Source: Telecom Paper.

Thursday, October 31, 2013 9:32:23 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, July 15, 2013
Iran’s telecoms watchdog the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) has announced that a fibre-to-the-x (FTTx) network, currently being deployed by Iranian Net Communication and Electronic Services Co. (Iranian Net), will go live in Mashhad (Khorasan Razavi province) and Tehran by the end of August 2013. According to the press release, the company was granted an operational licence in June 2012 which stipulates the implementation and operation of FTTx networks within 18 months in seven cities, namely Mashhad (Khorasan Razavi province), Tehran, Shiraz (Fars province), Karaj (Alborz province), Qom, Isfahan and Tabriz (East Azarbaijan province). According to Iranian Net’s CEO Mohammad Ali Rahmandoost, the company is expected to provide services to 400,000 subscribers by end-August 2013, gradually increasing to a total of one million subscribers within the next two years, Zawya reported.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, July 15, 2013 7:48:22 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Saudi Arabia’s incumbent broadband service provider Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has expanded its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network to connect over 600,000 new households, the Saudi Gazette reports. According to a press release on the operator’s website, the fibre-optic network, which reached a total length of 6,000km in 2012, will also provide STC’s subscribers with download transmission speeds of up to 125Mbps.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, STC started the deployment of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology in August 2010 – a first for the Kingdom – offering internet speeds of up to 100Mbps in many parts of the country. FTTH products were introduced in February 2011 and were marketed under the ‘Verve’ brand. At launch the FTTH service was available in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam, with plans to expand coverage to most of the Kingdom’s cities by end-2014.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, July 15, 2013 7:20:39 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, July 05, 2013
Telefónica, Vodafone and Orange have just signed an agreement to share vertical fibre optic infrastructures in buildings.
 
The agreement details the types of buildings in which vertical infrastructures will be shared and the technical procedures that will make this possible. The operators will gradually specify the cities, areas and building in which they want to roll-out optical fibre and the Building Manager Operator will prepare an infrastructure delivery plan. The agreement also includes the option to transfer existing undertakings or for each company to build its own.
 
The agreement is based on a principle of reciprocity, so that all three operators can use its rivals’ vertical roll-outs wherever they may need them. After signing the agreement, the infrastructure that Telefónica has already rolled out could gradually be used by Vodafone and Orange. In return, when these operators roll-out new infrastructures where Telefónica does not have coverage, Telefónica can also ask to share its rivals’ vertical infrastructures.
 
Vertical infrastructures in buildings will be shared through a single payment for each vertical infrastructure, which will give the operator the right to use it for no less than 20 years. The prices that will govern this use will be set, via resolution, by the Spanish Telecommunications Market Commission.
 
This agreement represents a leap forward in bringing this technology to more households and businesses across Spain.

Source: Telefonica.

Friday, July 05, 2013 1:28:37 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Uruguayan state-owned national telecoms operator Administracion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Antel) plans to invest around USD140 million in its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network this year, following on from the USD110 million spent on the infrastructure in the two years to end-2012. Local news paper El Pais cites Antel’s president Carolina Cosse as saying that the FTTH project passes around 418,000 households, 111,000 of which are already connected to the network. The company, which holds a monopoly on the provision of fixed line services in Uruguay, expects the network to cover around 25% of homes in the country by the end of this year. Services are marketed under the brand ‘Vera’, with plans for residential users ranging in price from UYU690 (USD33.8) per month for a basic 2Mbps downstream connection to UYU1,590 for the top-end 120Mbps/12Mbps download/upload plan.

TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database states that China’s ZTE was selected in September 2011 to build Antel’s national FTTH network and the first home was connected to the infrastructure one month later. By the end of 2012 the number of connected households had risen to around 240,000, with rollout ongoing in parts of Montevideo, Atlantida, Colonia, Fray Bentos, Pando, Rivera, Rocha, Salta and San Jose, among other towns and cities.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013 8:48:29 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, June 03, 2013

Norway’s Telenor has announced that, amid the increased use of cloud services by local businesses, it will invest NOK4 billion (USD682 million) this year on the development of its fibre-optic broadband services for business users. Speaking on the company’s spending plans, Bjorn Ivar Moen, business market manager at Telenor, said: ‘The need for higher bandwidth in Norwegian businesses is rising. We are currently experiencing a trend where services that were previously on local servers at each individual company are now moving to the internet as cloud-based services … We have therefore set in motion a vigorous investment programme into fibre-optic broadband for the business market, both in terms of internet access and virtual private networks.’

Meanwhile, alongside the expenditure on its fibre infrastructure, Telenor has confirmed that it will not neglect its copper network, revealing plans to upgrade the latter in several places in parallel with the fibre developments. ‘In areas where we have broadband on several different technologies, we will consider replacing the copper network with faster technology,’ noted Moen.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, June 03, 2013 8:28:13 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, May 23, 2013

Irish operator Eircom has launched its fibre broadband network, offering the eFibre brand products and bundles for both private and business customers. The new eFibre products start from EUR 40 for consumers (six month promotional offer for new customers) and EUR 24.79 for businesses, and are available to more than 300,000 consumers and businesses from launch. eFibre offers download speeds of up to 70 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 20 Mbps. All eFibre products above the entry level come with unlimited downloads. All qualifying Eircom broadband customers will be able to upgrade for free to eFibre. This includes a free modem, free installation and no connection charge. 

Eircom aims to reach more than 600,000 homes and businesses by end-2013, bringing over 10,000 additional premises online each week. When completed in early 2015, the network will reach 1.2 million homes and businesses across Ireland, representing 60 percent of all homes and businesses in the country. Eircom also plans to increase the speeds available to up to 100 Mbps within the next year as fibre technology evolves.

Source: Telecom Paper.

Thursday, May 23, 2013 1:00:38 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, April 18, 2013

Over half of UK homes and businesses can now access fibre broadband as the Openreach rollout has passed more than 15 million premises. That means we’re on target to reach 19 million by the end of spring 2014, about 18 months ahead of the original rollout schedule.

Openreach chief executive Liv Garfield said: “This is a significant milestone and one that our engineers can be proud of. They have worked through many months of appalling weather to bring the benefits of fibre to cities, towns and villages and this is making a genuine difference to how people live their lives.

“Fibre broadband can play an important part in stimulating and supporting an economic recovery. Our investment, together with that of our partners, is helping to generate thousands of jobs and give small businesses the speeds that were previously the preserve of larger ones based in cities.”
 
The run-up to Easter saw the project team working flat-out as we hit our biggest ever week; a whopping 324,000 premises passed. By the end of spring 2014, we’ll have completed one of the most ambitious programmes we’ve ever taken on, with two-thirds of the UK enjoying one of the most extensive fibre networks in the world. 
 
But we won’t stop there. As well as deploying fibre as part of a £2.5bn investment, we’re working with councils and devolved authorities to take fibre even further afield. We’ve signed 18 BDUK contracts so far, from Hampshire to Cumbria, and Rutland to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, and there are plenty more to come.

Source: Openreach.

Thursday, April 18, 2013 8:54:56 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, December 14, 2012

In the wake of slowing subscriber growth NTT East and NTT West have cut prices for their fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) service by 34%, from JPY5,460 (USD67) to JPY3,600. The move is widely seen as a measure to stem the flow of customers leaving fixed broadband services in favour of mobile broadband platforms such as Long Term Evolution (LTE). According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, NTT’s net addition of FTTH subscribers fell from 2.046 million during the twelve months ending June 2010 to 1.756 million in the twelve months ending June 2011, and fell further to 1.277 million over the twelve months to June 2012. Australian technology news site Delimiter cites sources at NTT East and NTT West as being convinced that the main reason for the slowing FTTH take-up is due to many younger users preferring not to pay for a household-based FTTH service when they are already paying for their own smartphone LTE data plan. Unlike its smaller rival KDDI, NTT is prohibited from offering FTTH and LTE from its subsidiary NTT DoCoMo in a single bundled offering.

Source: TeleGeography.

FTTH/B | LTE | Tariffs
Friday, December 14, 2012 11:08:20 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

State-owned telecoms giant Rostelecom has announced that its broadband subscriber base passed the nine million mark at the beginning of November 2012, which it says is almost four times more than its nearest competitor. The national operator has indicated that the growth in high speed internet users is being driven by the uptake of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) platforms, with the company’s fibre-optic user base reportedly doubling on an annual basis.

Source: TeleGeography.

Broadband | CIS | FTTH/B
Friday, December 14, 2012 10:39:26 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, October 29, 2012

Telefonica of Spain’s Brazilian fixed and mobile operator Vivo Participacoes has launched an IPTV service in the city of Sao Paulo over its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network. The announcement follows a successful trial period in selected homes and full-blown marketing of the service will begin within weeks, it said. It is understood Vivo’s new IPTV offer, which uses Microsoft’s Mediaroom middleware, will cost from USD36.7 per month and will initially target its existing 100,000 FTTH subscribers. People signing up to the service will receive free-to-air as well as pay-per-view channels and have access to social networking sites and interactive applications. They will also be able to take advantage of Multiroom DVR, video-on-demand (transactional and subscription) and instantaneous channel skipping, it said. At launch, Vivo’s IPTV service is available to a potential 500,000 homes in Sao Paulo, with plans to reach a further 600,000 in the area with FTTH in 2013. In addition, Vivo has requested that the regulator Anatel approve its request for new so-called ‘Conditional Access Service (SeaC)’ licences to allow it to extend the offer to other areas.

Separately, Vivo sister company TVA is said to be readying its hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC) network for the provision of IPTV as well. TVA’s infrastructure covers 700,000-800,000 households and the unit says that by end-2012 it hopes to be in a position to deliver IPTV to one-fifth of its operational footprint. By mid-2013 Telefonica is hoping to boost total IPTV coverage (FTTH and HFC) to 1.5 million Brazilian homes.

Source: Telegeography.

Monday, October 29, 2012 4:53:21 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Claro Puerto Rico has launched fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) consumer broadband services, upping its maximum download speeds to 50Mbps from its previous 16Mbps, and claiming a first on the island. The telco’s direct fibre connections are initially available in several areas of San Juan, Guaynabo, Caguas, Fajardo, Humacao and Mayaguez. Additionally, Claro has rolled out fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC) technology over a wider footprint to boost the internet speeds of its last mile ADSL2+ connections in ‘hundreds of areas around the island’, and it published new tariffs including 30Mbps packages alongside its fibre launch announcement. The fixed line, broadband and mobile operator also revealed that it has invested USD150 million in 2011/12 in the rollout of FTTH/FTTC infrastructure, and says it is continuing a rapid expansion of fibre in population-dense urban areas, including FTTH in new-build areas.

Claro, part of the America Movil group, simultaneously lowered monthly prices for its existing broadband packages with 8Mbps-plus download speeds, while raising the cost of mid-speed (including 4Mbps) packages, and also upgraded the inclusive domestic fixed line voice call allowance in certain bundles, from 300 minutes to ‘unlimited’.

Source: Telegeography.

Monday, October 29, 2012 4:48:09 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, October 01, 2012

The Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC) in Nepal has announced plans to use NPR5.63 billion (USD66.9 million) from the state’s Rural Telecommunication Development Fund (RTDF) to expand the provision of fibre-optic services to more remote parts of the country. MyRepublica reports that the rollout programme is being carried out under the auspices of the Kingdom’s ‘District Optical Fiber Project’, and that it has assigned a committee to oversee the scheme which will target making improvements in the quality of voice and data services in certain rural areas. The ambitious District Optical Fibre Network Project is aiming to construct a high speed data service, offering 256kbps bandwidth in 38 districts and their rural communities by 2014.

Source: Telegeography.

Monday, October 01, 2012 12:52:36 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The number of North American households connected directly into fibre networks has hit the 9 million mark, with small incumbent telephone companies continuing to lead the growth in fibre to the home deployments, according to the Fibre-to-the-Home Council Americas. At the FTTH industry's annual conference in Dallas, the Council announced that FTTH services are now available to 21.3 million North American homes, an increase of more than 10 percent over the past six months. All but eight of nearly 880 FTTH service providers surveyed have fewer than 30,000 subscribers, with only five having more than 50,000 access lines and 97 percent of than having fewer than 10,000, according to an analysis by RVA. The most notable of the big FTTH providers is Verizon, which serves more than half of the FTTH households in North America.

RVA found that more than a half million households in North America receive internet connectivity at or in excess of 100Mbps and that tested throughput speeds among survey respondents found FTTH subscribers are beginning to pull away from other access technologies in both download and upload capacity. Median tested download speeds were above 20Mbps for FTTH subscribers, compared to less than 15Mbps for cable modem users, while FTTH upload speeds were over 9Mbps compared to about 3Mbps for cable. 

In addition, results for the first comprehensive study on emerging FTTH deployment for Latin America found that all fibre networks now pass 4.2 million homes in the region, with 350,000 homes connected. The study also found Mexico is the leading FTTH market, followed by Brazil, with Chile and Argentina showing promise as deployments get underway in those countries. 

Source: Telecompaper.

Monday, October 01, 2012 12:47:37 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Multimedia Polska has extended its fibre-optic network to pass an additional 1,000 homes in Kutno and hopes to add a further 600 before the end of the month. The cableco said that the expansion work would bring the number of homes connected to its network to nearly 5,000, estimating that it had spent around PLN1 million (USD286,786) on network expansion in the city over the last two years.

Source: Telegeography.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 1:00:29 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) has announced the implementation of the first phase of its ‘ultra-high speed’ NGN/FTTx broadband network, under its nationwide network modernisation project ‘i-Sri Lanka’, which has driven an increase of 40,000 new broadband connections so far. The i-Sri Lanka project is scheduled for completion within 18 months, by which time it will provide 20Mbps broadband and triple-play services to more than 90% of customers and add capacity for 600,000 new broadband customers to the network. SLT plans to double its existing customer base of around 300,000 over the next couple of years.

Source: Telegeography.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 12:48:48 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Uruguayan state-owned telecoms operator Antel connected 75,000 households to its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network in the first half of 2012, with 15,000 homes already signing up to services from the company, reports Prensa Latina citing official sources. The project aims to connect 240,000 households to the fibre-optic network by the end of 2012, with 75% of the population planned to be covered within three years. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Antel selected Chinese equipment vendor ZTE in September 2011 to build a national gigabit passive optical network (GPON) capable of delivering headline speeds of up to 100Mbps to households across the country. The following month Antel announced that it had connected the first home to the direct fibre network and said it planned to connect around 30,000 by year-end.

Source: Telegeography.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 12:46:15 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Mexican president Felipe Calderon has announced that Mexico expects to launch auctions within the next two months that aim to boost coverage of telecommunications services offered over fibre, BNamerica reports.

The development dovetails with an earlier announcement that the Mexican government is aiming to promote high speed internet adoption in part by the sale of concessions that would allow the winning bidders to utilise state-owned fibre-optic lines and to build networks in those areas that currently do not have access to broadband services. As reported by CommsUpdate in January 2012, the initiative was expected to see the government conduct auctions that will include contracts to use two fibre-optic lines from state-owned powerco Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE), while bids will also be taken on the use of fibre links running on along the federal highway network. Commenting on the latest plans, President Calderon was cited as saying: ‘We’re going to launch 1,000 new access points of CFE’s fibre-optic network and I’ve instructed the CFE’s director to increase the 20,000km of fibre to 30,000km.’

The head of state has also confirmed that an auction will be conducted to extend fibre-optic connectivity to Mexico’s south-west coast, to Ometepec, in the state of Guerrero, with the government expected to subsidise the rollout using money from its infrastructure fund, with the winning bidder to be that which requests the smallest subsidy. Further, looking ahead the head of state has confirmed that all new highways constructed in Mexico will have fibre-optic cable laid at the time of building.

Source: Telegeography.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 12:29:56 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

British fixed line incumbent BT has revealed a further 98 exchange areas in which its network arm Openreach will make fibre-based broadband services available. With the new areas expected to come online by late-2013, BT claims that the deployment will add nearly 800,000 homes and businesses to the company’s previously announced fibre plans; the development forms part of its GBP2.5 billion (USD3.9 billion) fibre rollout. Mike Galvin, Openreach’s managing director of network investment, said of the plans: ‘This is great news for 98 communities across the UK. Our rollout of fibre continues apace, with over ten million homes now having access to the many benefits this technology can deliver … Today’s announcement brings us another important step closer towards our goal of providing this service to two-thirds of the UK by the end of 2014.’

Source: Telegeography.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 12:23:37 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Andorra Telecom has completed the rollout of its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network, utilising Aurora Networks’ Trident7 platform. The network is reportedly available to all of Andorra Telecom’s 52,000 broadband subscribers and will allow the telco to provide high speed broadband and IPTV – including high definition (HD) content – services. Further, the infrastructure is expected to meet the market’s current needs, as well as being ready for increasing service demand over the next seven to ten years.

Commenting on the deployment, director of Andorra Telecom Jaume Salvat said: ‘Aurora Networks’ Trident7 platform has provided us with the opportunity to deliver today’s advanced services with the quality of service and experience our subscribers have come to demand.’

Source: Telegeography.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 12:22:10 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Swisscom, Switzerland’s largest telecom provider by subscribers, has announced plans to expand the reach of its fibre network by rolling out fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC, dubbed fibre-to-the-street [FTTS] by the telco) to towns and cities where it is not currently deploying fibre-to-the-home. The expansion is due to begin from the end of 2013 and will see fibre rolled out to a distance of 200m from homes, much closer than its existing fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) infrastructure. Swisscom will begin trialling FTTC later this year in three municipalities, Charrat, Grandfontaine and Flerden. Customers in these areas are expected to gain access to the technology by November this year. The telco claims that the platform will allow it to deliver broadband speeds of up to 100Mbps (downlink).

Source: Telegeography.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 12:20:49 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Swisscom, Switzerland’s largest telco by subscribers, has inked a deal with Lausanne Industrial Services (SiL) to roll out a fibre-optic network in Laussane. The pair intends to deploy fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) infrastructure connected to all buildings in the city by 2017. Swisscom will carry out the majority of the work, whilst SiL will conduct the rollout in the Chailly district. The city of Lausanne will create a Lausanne-owned company that will handle the new network and 50% of the infrastructure constructed by Swisscom will be transferred to this new company by 2017. This new company will own the network built in the Chailly, Ouchy, St. Francois and Vernand districts, whilst Swisscom will retain ownership of the fibre in the Bergieres, Chalet-a-Gobet, Maladiere and Sallaz districts. Under the terms of the agreement, the partners will grant each other indefeasible right of use of the fibre-optic cables in the districts in which they do not own the network for a minimum period of 70 years.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 12:43:35 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Crnogorski Telekom, Montengro’s fixed line incumbent, has rolled out its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network to 7,700 households, the company announced today. Whilst fibre-based services have so far been limited to the capital, Podgorica, Telekom has begun deploying infrastructure in the coastal town of Budva and Bijelo Polje, near the Serbian border. Subscribers to the telco’s fibre broadband packages have access to download speeds of up to 40Mbps, with options for a triple-play package including voice, broadband and TV. New subscribers to the service are exempt from set-up fees and equipment costs.

Source: Telegeography

Wednesday, July 04, 2012 4:11:34 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, June 27, 2012

State-owned national PTO Vietnam Post and Telecommunications (VNPT) will stop providing dial-up internet access next month, due to falling demand for the service. Tuoitrenews reports that VNPT has obtained approval from the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) to end the service from 15 July 2012, and the operator will focus on the provision of its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) ‘FiberVNN’ and ADSL ‘MegaVNN’ broadband internet services.

Source: Telegeography

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 3:28:35 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Bharat Telecom Limited, a telecoms joint venture between Mauritian and Indian investors, reportedly plans to connect every home and business in Mauritius to fibre, according to BalancingAct quoting the firm’s Baljinder Sharmer as saying. The Bharat official says that tests of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology are already underway in one community and trials are due to ‘launch soon’.

Under the ambitious investment plan, Bharat Telecom is looking to invest up to USD50 million to roll out 2,900km of fibre-optical network, covering Mauritius. It is understood that 200km will comprise a core 10Gbps network in underground ducts, while a further 2,700km of fibre will be deployed on poles belonging to the Central Electricity Board, consisting of ‘single core and 24 core fibre’. The telco intends to cover 70% of the population in phase one of the rollout, with the other 30% being connected under Phase 2 of the build.

Bharat Telecom received its operating licence in November 2011, since when it has moved to get its business operational as soon as possible. To date it has constructed 80km of the core network component, and piloted the FTTH service at sites in Quatres Bornes and Rose Hill. Once fully operational, the newcomer intends to offer high speed broadband at speeds of up to 100Mbps and IPTV services via its Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) network. Setting itself a target of 50,000 business and residential subscribers, Bharat intends to offer a 2Mbps connection with 40 TV channels for USD10 per month, rising to USD200 a month for a premium content package. The average price is expected to be USD20 per month, with Bharat also intent on breaking the tradition of end users being tied to long-term contracts. The newcomer is not planning to offer triple-play (i.e. there are no plans for voice telephony), however. ‘We don’t have telephony licences and we deliberately kept out of voice. We didn’t want to get into a fight with the two local big boys. The set-top box has a telephone port and some of the subscribers might want to call within the network, no problem. That’s up to the subscribers,’ the director said.

Sharmar told BalancingAct: ‘I personally want us to disrupt the whole market. The competition will respond and it will therefore be beneficial to the country. The cheaper it is, the more up-take there will be and therefore there will be more subscribers, which in turn will sustain lower bandwidth prices. So far no-one has really tried this. We will breakeven on the low-cost packages and in some instances make money.’

Source: Telegeography

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 1:28:48 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, June 22, 2012

China Telecom plans to increase the number of subscribers using its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services in Shanghai by one million by the end of the year, bringing the total FTTH customer base for the city to 2.3 million, C114 reports Zhang Weihua, the telco’s manager for Shanghai as saying. At the end of 2011, China Telecom’s FTTH network passed 4.5 million homes, with 1.3 million subscribers taking fibre-based services. The telco aims to achieve citywide FTTH coverage by the end of 2015, and have increase the proportion of broadband customers taking fibre services to 90% by that date.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, June 22, 2012 2:40:43 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, March 30, 2012

Privately owned telecoms operator Bharat Telecom Ltd (BTL) has announced that it is launching a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) service in Mauritius. The telco, which was incorporated in August 2010, hopes to deliver a range of services to Mauritian households over the new platform, including broadband internet and IPTV. Further, the operator says it intends to use digital infrastructure based on Gigabit Ethernet Passive Optical Network (GEPON) technology, to act as a carrier backbone for other service providers in the country operating in the gaming and WebTV business spheres. Commenting on the launch BTL managing director Baljinder said: ‘BTL has the vision to connect every home and office in the country with a fibre network’.

The telco’s chief operating officer Anil Gujjalu says that network rollout has been ongoing since 2011 and that it has now reached the point where it will shortly begin to connect homes and businesses to its 100Mbps fibre-optic cables. BTL promises to deliver ‘high speed internet and other value added services at very affordable prices’. Industry watchers note though, that contrary to an earlier announcement from the minister of ICT touting its new fast broadband speeds, BTL will not be offering a 10Mbps connection for MUR280 (USD10) a month, but rather a much slower 2Mbps connection. It will however be bundling internet connectivity with IPTV comprising around 40 TV channels. The start-up package is expected to be marketed on a commercial basis within the next six to eight weeks, subject to BTL obtaining the necessary tariff approvals from the regulator.

Source: TeleGeograpy.

Friday, March 30, 2012 10:44:55 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, February 24, 2012

The number of FTTH/B subscribers worldwide grew 54 percent in the year to June 2011 to almost 67 million. Over the same period the number of homes/buildings passed by fibre networks increased more than 47 percent to almost 179 million, figures from Idate show. When adding other fibre-based technologies such as VDSL, FTTLA and FTTx+LAN, there were 112.7 million subscribers at the end of June 2011 and 361.7 million homes/businesses pass­ed. Japan was the largest FTTH/B market in terms of number of subscribers in June, although Idate expects China will soon take the number one spot. China's three main network operators already make up three of the four largest FTTx providers in the world, alongside Japan's NTT. South Korea came third in FTTH/B subscriber numbers worldwide, followed by the US, Russia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Sweden and France. Idate estimates that the Asia-Pacific region accounted for 68.6 percent of all FTTH/B subscribers at the end of 2011, and this will grow to 72.8 percent by 2015. Over the same period, worldwide subscriber numbers will grow from an estimated 81.77 million to 198.27 million.

Source: Telecom Paper.

Friday, February 24, 2012 9:11:54 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, November 24, 2011

Cable & Wireless Communications today published a press release confirming that its business in Macau, CTM, has launched a 250Mbps residential broadband service, providing local inhabitants with one of the fastest internet download speeds anywhere in the world. The statement notes that the new service more than doubles the previous top speed available from CTM’s fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network.

The fibre-optic network, which was launched in October 2010, has been rolled out to the most densely populated areas of Macau. Commenting on today’s announcement, CTM chief executive, Vandy Poon, said: ‘The people of Macau are very technologically sophisticated and so we are delighted to be able to deliver truly world-class broadband speeds. This is a great demonstration of the capability of our engineering team at CTM and our commitment to quality. This ultra high speed internet connection will allow residents to access interactive services such as HD TV, video games and communications services, to get the most out of their digital life.’

Source: TeleGeography

Thursday, November 24, 2011 3:19:04 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

France Telecom’s subsidiary Orange has reportedly entered into an agreement with telecom operator SFR in order to provide optical fibre technology across many households in the scarcely populated regions of France. According to company reports, the agreement between the two operators is expected to cover as many as 9.8 million homes.

As per sources, SFR will be required to serve 2.3 million of these households while Orange will serve the remaining 7.5 million according to the terms of the agreement.  Industry reports suggest that this investment is a part of Orange’s aim to expand fibre technology to reach as much as 60 percent of the French households by 2020, for which the operator reportedly plans to spend US$ 2.7 billion.

Source: Wireless Federation

Thursday, November 24, 2011 3:01:58 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, November 22, 2011

France Telecom-Orange has announced an agreement with fellow operator SFR to deploy optical fibre technology covering millions of households in less densely-populated areas of mainland France. The fibre-optic deployment agreement drawn up by France Telecom-Orange and SFR covers around 9.8 million homes in agglomerations where ‘both operators have redundant deployment projects’, the statement read. Under the terms of the agreement, SFR will serve 2.3 million of these households and France Telecom-Orange will serve 7.5 million.

A spokeswoman for Orange confirmed the plan, Reuters reports, but declined to confirm whether or not the two carriers would share the investment of nearly EUR5 billion (USD6.8 billion). The fibre investment forms part of France Telecom-Orange’s plan to spend EUR2 billion by 2015 on fibre expansion to reach 60% of French households (target date 2020) – aided by private-operator investment. SFR declined to comment on the release.

Source: TeleGeography

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 11:41:54 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Telecom Italia has launched fibre-optic services in areas of Milan, Rome, Turin and Bari. The service requires an activation fee of EUR 121, which can be paid in installments over 24 months. The basic service offering speeds of 100/10Mbps costs EUR 75.63 per month, but is offered for customers signing up before year-end at EUR 45.38 per month. Including unlimited calls to fixed lines and calls to mobiles at EUR 0.16 per minute, the fibre service is priced at EUR 71.59 per month.

Source: TelecomPaper

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 11:38:15 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, November 16, 2011

MTN South Africa has reportedly entered into agreements with other operators in an attempt to increase its fibre footprint. As per reports, Africa’s leading telecom operator has signed agreements with Metro Fibre Networx in Gauteng and Neotel and Ethekweni Metroconnect in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal regions.

Justin Colyn, General Manager, MTN Business has reportedly said that the firm will also use capacity from Telkom South Africa Wholesale to connect businesses in areas that do not have a fibre footprint. He also said that as a provider focused on offering customers the best when it comes to technology innovation and standards, MTN Business has been and continues to remain focused on building their own solid fibre network infrastructure. Having recognised that the last mile fibre access is still proving to be a barrier for many businesses, particularly smaller ones, MTN Business have developed further strategic partnerships with various fibre providers in an attempt to continually offer the customer a 360 degree communications service that has no restrictions in terms of location.

Source: Wireless Federation

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 11:52:42 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, October 11, 2011

At the end of June, there were approximately 173 thousand Internet access customers in Portugal using optical fibre (FTTH/B), 14.2% more than in the previous quarter, with 95% of these customers reported as residential. Internet access supported over optical fibre (FTTH/B) represented 8.1% of total customers and during the quarter, and it was taken up by three out of every four new fixed broadband customers.

In total, the number of fixed broadband customers rose to 2.13 million, bringing the total number of users with fixed Internet access up to 2.15 million, 1% more than reported in the previous quarter and 7.1% than in 2nd quarter 2010.

In the same period, there were 2.6 million mobile broadband users registering actual use of the service, a decline of 0.6% compared to the previous quarter but an increase of 12% compared to 2nd quarter 2010. Of this number, 1.2 million users accessed the Internet via cards/modem.

The main technology used for fixed broadband Internet access continues to be ADSL, which represents 49.8% of the total. For the first time since the end of 2004, the number of ADSL accesses fell below 50% of total broadband accesses. For the third consecutive quarter, ADSL is showing signs of softness, declining 0.7% in the 2nd quarter.

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Source: Anacom
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 8:08:32 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, October 07, 2011
Colombia's ICT ministry has received four bids in the tender for its National Fibre Optic Project. The programme aims to deploy fibre connections in 400 municipalities across the country. The bidders are Telmex Colombia; the Fibra Optica Colombiana consortium comprising Total Play and TV Azteca; the Conectividad Para Todos temporary consortium comprising Media Commerce Partners, ZTE, Exicom, and Andinatel; and a temporary consortium comprising Colombia Telecomunicaciones and Telefonica Moviles).
 
The government plans to invest over COP 415.8 million in the project, via a public-private partnership. The project is expected to expand internet penetration to over 90 percent of the Colombian population. The initiative is part of the Colombian government's Vive Digital Plan which aims to reach over 8.8 million broadband connections across the country by 2014. Colombia's National Fibre Optic Project will be developed in 30 months, and will include various phases.
 
As part of the first phase, the government plans to connect at least 120 municipalities by end-2012, while in the second phase an additional 120 municipalities will receive broadband connections.
 
Source: TelecomPaper


Friday, October 07, 2011 12:45:59 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The number of fixed broadband subscribers continues to grow in 2011. According to ABI Research practice director Jason Blackwell, "­There were more than 539 million fixed broadband subscribers globally at the end of second quarter. That is an 8% increase from the same quarter in 2010. Customer net addition is stronger in emerging markets."

The number of customers using high bandwidth services such as Internet video and online gaming is growing around the world. Exploding IP traffic generated by these services is putting service providers under pressure to handle the bandwidth demand. Broadband operators are expanding fiber broadband coverage which can best serve these bandwidth-hungry services. As an example, China Telecom is deploying fiber optic broadband aiming to serve 100 million households and 30 million fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) subscribers by the end of 2015.

At present, North America is the region with the highest fiber optic broadband penetration followed by Asia-Pacific. Extending fiber broadband coverage not only increases speed but also allows the roll out of services including video on demand (VOD) and IPTV. ABI Research estimates that worldwide fiber broadband subscriber numbers will more than double in 2016 to 142 million subscribers, from 69.6 million in 2011.

The Asia Pacific region is seeing strong subscriber growth, due in particular to the increasing number of subscribers in China. About 17 million Chinese subscribers have been added since the second quarter of 2010."The Asia-Pacific broadband market is sure to continue growing in the medium-term since low broadband penetration in countries such as China and India leaves plenty of room for broadband growth," comments research analyst Khin Sandi Lynn.

Source: Cellular News

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011 9:47:52 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wireless broadband subscriptions in OECD countries exceeded half a billion by the end of 2010, an increase of more than 10 percent on June 2010, according to data from the OECD. Fixed broadband subscriptions reached 300 million, but growth slowed to 6 percent year-on-year. This reflects higher broadband penetration and market saturation in some countries. The Netherlands and Switzerland lead with 38.1 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, followed by Denmark with 37.7 and Norway with 34.6.

Fibre subscriptions continue to grow and account for 12.3 percent of all fixed broadband connections, while DSL is still the most widely used technology with 57.6 percent, followed by cable with 29.4 percent. Leading countries in fibre are Japan with 58 percent, Korea with 55 percent, Slovak Republic with 29 percent and Sweden with 26 percent. Korea is the leading country for wireless broadband subscriptions, with 89.8 per 100 inhabitants, followed by Finland with 84.8, Sweden with 82.9 and Norway with 79.9. This compares to an OECD average of 41.6 and a total of under 512 million.

The factors in the sector's continuing health include long contract durations of mobile operators, the popularity of bundled offers of television, mobile and fixed telephony, and the fact that communication services are perceived as non-discretionary spending items. Households looking to cut spending seem to be economising in other areas. The prevalence of bundled services has also played a role in this shift by reinforcing customer loyalty and reducing churn. Bundled services may benefit consumers by offering lower prices and gains such as unified billing, integrated services or customer assistance. The complexity of some bundled offers makes them hard to interpret and poses additional issues for consumers trying to compare prices and make informed decisions. In addition, bundling may make it harder for users to switch providers or drop a service.

Source: TelecomPaper

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 9:18:42 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Venezuelan mobile operator Digitel is in the process of deploying a new 200km section of fibre-optic infrastructure to expand the total length of its backbone network to 1,000km, reports BNamericas. The transmission network, linking the capital Caracas with the cities of Valencia, Barquisimeto and Maracaibo, is expected to be expanded to 3,000km in a second deployment phase.

Source: TeleGeography

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 9:12:02 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, June 10, 2011

According to Arcep’s latest market observatory, the number of high speed and ultra-high speed fixed broadband connections in France reached 21.8 million at 31 March 2011, up 8% or 460,000 net new lines, compared to the same period a year ago. Of the total, 20.25 million lines were xDSL connections, up from 18.91 million a year earlier, while other broadband subscriptions (cable, wireless and satellite) increased to 1.01 million at the end of the first quarter.

Moreover, the number of ultra-high speed broadband connections stood at 520,000, representing net growth of about 183,000 over the corresponding year-earlier quarter, including 140,000 FTTH and FTTB connections (up 20,000 since the start of this year). The regulator notes that at end-March 2011, approximately 1.135 million homes were within potential reach of a FTTH connection, up about 36% compared to 31 March 2010. More than 21% of these homes were located in buildings where residents are offered a choice of service providers.

Source: TeleGeography

Friday, June 10, 2011 11:55:54 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, March 08, 2011
The Dutch broadband market grew by 0.9 percent during the fourth quarter of 2010, to reach 6.26 million connections on 31 December 2010 according to Telecompaper's quarterly update on the Dutch broadband market. The market grew with 57,800 net additions, round 8,000 more than during the third quarter. The number of DSL connections dropped by 0.7 percent or almost 26,000 during the quarter, to reach a total of 3.428 million on 31 December 2010. Cable reported quarterly growth of 2.4 percent for the fourth quarter, adding 60,800 new broadband customers, ending 2010 with 2.571 million connections. FTTH broadband subscribers grew to around 229,000 on 31 December 2010, which represents a share of 3.7 percent on the Dutch broadband market.
 
At the same time, KPN had 27,000 VDSL (FTTC) customers, representing 0.4 percent of the broadband market. For 2011, Telecompaper expects a growth of between 2.5 and 3 percent to around 6.4 million broadband connections, which compares to a household penetration of more than 88 percent. Internet van KPN is still the largest broadband ISP in the Netherlands with 29.3 percent of subscribers, followed by Ziggo with 24.8 percent, UPC with 13.5 percent and Tele2 with 7.8 percent, growing 1 percent due to the acquisition of BBned at the end of 2010.

Source: Telecom Paper

Tuesday, March 08, 2011 4:17:24 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ukraine’s leading mobile operator Kyivstar has announced that it has expanded its fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) fixed broadband service to its 38th city, Rivne.  Kyivstar is in the process of integrating the FTTB infrastructure of sister companies Beeline Ukraine and Golden Telecom.

The company has deployed an urban network in the Rivne area spanning 60km and passing 44,000 households in 353 multi-dwelling premises with direct fibre access enabling connection speeds of up to 100Mbps.

Source: Wireless Federation

Thursday, February 24, 2011 3:06:12 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, January 24, 2011

According to data released by the fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) Council Europe, Italy represents one of the largest FTTH markets in Europe, with more than 2.5 million homes passed by fibre at end-December 2010; at the same date the country reported around 348,000 fibre subscribers.

The ongoing 'Fibre for Italy' project aims to bring fibre to 20 million people in Italy's 15 largest cities by 2015, whilst Telecom Italia has committed itself to bringing FTTH/FTTB connectivity to an additional 138 cities by 2018. Further, in November 2010 seven Italian telecoms operators agreed to join forces in order to form a new company charged with overseeing the infrastructure rollout in areas where no operator has scheduled a fibre deployment thus far. The companies involved are Telecom Italia, FastWeb, Wind, Vodafone Italia, Tiscali, BT Italia and 3 Italia. The new company will have an executive committee chaired by Industry Minister Paolo Romani, and focus on avoiding duplicate installations and coordinating investments.

In other news, the launch of Telecom Italia's long-awaited 'Telecom 100Mega' broadband offer has been postponed once more, due to regulatory red-tape. The delay reportedly concerns the terms of a wholesale agreement between Telecom Italia and its rivals, including FastWeb. Telecom Italia intends to offer the high-speed package in six cities: Rome, Milan, Bari, Venice, Turin and Catania, and its rivals have requested access to a wholesale offering that permits the replication of the service. The service was originally set to be launched by the end of 2010. Local news reports suggest that telecoms regulator Autorita per le Garanzie Comunicazioni (Agcom) omitted the matter from its first board meeting of 2011.

Source: TeleGeography

Monday, January 24, 2011 11:18:54 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, December 14, 2010

As of 30 September 2010 France was home to a total of 20.8 million high speed and ultra-high speed internet subscriptions, an increase of about 360,000 over the previous quarter, the regulator Arcep reports. Over one year, the national growth rate was approximately 8% it said, equivalent to around 1.6 million connections.

Of the total around 20.4 million were classed as high speed subscriptions, including 19.47 million ADSL subscriptions (93% of high speed and ultra-high speed subscriptions), 960,000 for other technologies and 420,000 ultra-high speed broadband subscribers – up 55,000 over the previous quarter. The watchdog counted around 100,000 FTTH or FTTB subscribers in its September 2010 total; it defines ultra-high speed services as those offering a peak downstream speed of over 50Mbps and a top upstream speed of more than 5Mbps. The remaining 320,000 were hybrid fibre-coaxial lines (HFC), up 45,000 quarter-on-quarter.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 2:50:03 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

While mobile and broadband prices continue to fall, the increase in revenues compensated for the price drop, providing 2.5 per cent growth in one year. The large increase in mobile data traffic provided most of the growth, according to the Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority's (NPT) ecom statistics for the first half of 2010."This shows change and continued growth in a mature ecom market. Customers' usage patterns are clearly changing from only voice and messages to increased data use, particularly via mobile services," says NPT Director General Willy Jensen.

Decline in SMS messages

For the first time the statistics show a decrease in the number of text messages (SMS) sent. In all, mobile customers sent more than 4.2 billion messages in the first half of 2010, which represents a decrease from 112 to 105 messages per person per month."Even though more than four billion messages is a lot, this means 82 million fewer SMS messages than in the first half of 2009. The decrease represents about NOK 50 million," says Jensen.It is difficult to find any specific reasons for the decline in the number of SMS messages."It is most likely connected with new forms of communication and social media such as Twitter and Facebook," says Jensen.

Fixed telephony drops

The number of fixed-line subscriptions fell by nearly eight per cent the last year. The decline applies to both traditional fixed-line subscriptions (PSTN and ISDN) and VoIP subscriptions. Both calls and revenues are falling."The numbers clearly show that fixed telephony calls are falling more than the number of subscriptions. This means that the fixed-line telephone is used less than before," says Jensen.On average, a residential fixed telephony customer talked 1,500 minutes the first half of 2010, against 1,600 minutes the first half of 2009.

Fibre is increasing

Data traffic over fibre and cable TV continues to increase, and there are now over 230,000 subscribers who have an Internet connection via fibre."The increase in fibre connections largely compensates for the decline in "DSL". Here, the number is now under 1 million. In all, the number of broadband subscribers grew by 5.1 per cent from the first half of 2009," Jensen says.

Source: Cellular News

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 11:59:08 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, November 30, 2010

About 1.4 million homes in Portugal could access fibre-optic services in the third quarter, according to a survey by the national communications authority Anacom. The number of households with access via EuroDocsis 3.0 used by cable TV operators reached 3.4 million, or about 2.4 times the number with FTTx service. The total number of households with access to very high-speed internet reached 4.8 million, compared to four million at the end of 2009. The high-speed access is concentrated in the regions of Lisbon and the North.

Source: TelecomPaper

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 3:26:31 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, November 11, 2010
The number of fibre-to-the-home subscribers in Europe, including Russia, has increased by 22 percent over the past six months, thanks to the booming broadband market in the Eastern part of Europe, according to the latest figures from the FTTH Council Europe, which were announced at the Broadband World Forum in Paris. In absolute numbers, Europe reached 3.2 million FTTH/B subscribers (or nearly 4.5 million including Russia). Europe now counts 18 million FTTH/B homes passed (more than 26 million including Russia), a growth of more than 6 percent during H1.
 
The FTTH ranking now includes 17 countries in Europe where more than 1 percent of households subscribe to broadband over a direct fibre connection. In terms of household penetration, Lithuania is still the leader, just ahead of the more mature FTTH markets of Sweden and Norway. The top five fibre nations now include three new European member states - Lithuania, Slovenia and Slovakia. Romania is a new entrant, taking 13th place with 1.58 percent household penetration and more than 120,000 FTTH/B subscribers.
 
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Source: TelecomPaper
Thursday, November 11, 2010 1:58:21 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, September 23, 2010
The Dutch broadband market grew only 0.2 percent to 6.147 million connections in the second quarter, the latest quarterly Telecompaper report on the broadband market shows. Around 15,000 net connections were added, the smallest amount since the beginning of 2005 when data measurements began. The number of DSL connections fell by 1.7 percent, or 60,600, to a total 3.456 million on 30 June. Cable increased by 1.9 percent, or 44,600, to 2,450,000 connections. T
 
The number of FTTH customers with a subscription was at 220,000, including KPN's 26,000 customers. KPN also had 16,000 VDSL (Fibre to the Curb) customers. Total penetration advanced to 83.6 connections per 100 households, an increase of 1.9 percentage points in one years time. KPN Internet is the largest provider with a 29.7 percent market share, followed by Ziggo with 24.3 percent, UPC with 12.9 percent and Tele2 with 6.8 percent. Telecompaper expects full-year growth at 3.0-3.5 percent compared to the year before, driven by cable and fibre. DSL will continue to lose ground despite the VDSL strategy of KPN, Tele2 and Online.
 
Source: TelecomPaper
Thursday, September 23, 2010 7:49:29 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

France’s national telecoms regulator Arcep says that by the end of June this year, a total of 38,700 buildings were equipped with fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology and connected to one or more fibre networks provided by domestic operators. The figure marks a 14.5% rise on the figure reported at the end of the first quarter, it said.

Taken overall, these buildings comprise some 910,000 FTTH-eligible households in the country, up 9% quarter-on-quarter and 40% higher than the corresponding period in mid-2009. By the start of July 2010, former monopoly France Telecom (FT) reported 10.3 million wholesale broadband DSL lines were being used by altnets, up by 1.13 million on a year earlier. Of the total, some 7.14 million lines were fully unbundled lines, 1.26 million were partially unbundled, 1.33 million were naked ADSL or DSLE bitstream Pro, and 515,000 were bitstream ADSL.

Source: TeleGeography

Thursday, September 23, 2010 7:38:48 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, September 09, 2010

France’s national telecoms regulator Arcep says that by the end of June this year, a total of 38,700 buildings were equipped with fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology and connected to one or more fibre networks provided by domestic operators. The figure marks a 14.5% rise on the figure reported at the end of the first quarter, it said. Taken overall, these buildings comprise some 910,000 FTTH-eligible households in the country, up 9% quarter-on-quarter and 40% higher than the corresponding period in mid-2009. By the start of July 2010, former monopoly France Telecom (FT) reported 10.3 million wholesale broadband DSL lines were being used by altnets, up by 1.13 million on a year earlier. Of the total, some 7.14 million lines were fully unbundled lines, 1.26 million were partially unbundled, 1.33 million were naked ADSL or DSLE bitstream Pro, and 515,000 were bitstream ADSL.

Source: TeleGeography

Thursday, September 09, 2010 1:04:42 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Telefonica has rolled out the deployment of its nationwide FTTH network in Chile. The network is expected to cover 700,000 households. Overall investments in the project will reach USD 2.5 billion over the next four years. The first phase of the infrastructure deployment will cover Chile's Bio Bio region, including the cities of Talcahuano, Los Angeles, Chillan and the region capital. This first phase is estimated to connect around 50,000 households. Telefonica's FTTH network in Chile will provide speeds between 40 and 100 Mbps. The network will also support information, entertainment, education, health and e-government services, well as IPTV.
 
Thursday, September 09, 2010 1:01:01 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Italy's Fastweb is launching Fibre 100, a new offer that will permit about 2 million households and small businesses to use the internet at symmetrical speeds of 100 Mbps. The service will reach the cities of Milan, Rome, Turin, Genoa, Bologna, Naples and Bari, in areas already covered by fibre optics. From October the service will be extended to all those who are already Fastweb customers. Fibre 100 will be sold as an additional option for internet subscribers, at EUR 15 per month plus a EUR 100 activation fee.

Source: TelecomPaper

Thursday, September 09, 2010 10:47:51 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, July 02, 2010

Eircom has announced a EUR 20 million trial to provide FTTH broadband to up to 10,000 homes and businesses in Sandyford in County Dublin and Wexford town. The trial will support speeds of up to 150 Mbps and will be used to collect data for Eircom and other operators on how the costs, civil engineering and materials involved in deploying FTTH broadband, according to Eircom CEO Paul Donovan. Work is already underway with tenders issued to suppliers for a number of elements of the project. The first customers should be connected by spring 2011. Donovan said the trial was open to rivals. The move was welcomed by Communications Minister Eamon Ryan, who commended Eircom for providing the trials on an open-access basis for all service providers.

Source: TelecomPaper

Friday, July 02, 2010 1:53:51 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, June 15, 2010

In 2009, growth in terms of subscribers and Homes/Buildings passed has accelerated in Europe, with respectively 19% and 29% rate between June and December 2009. In EU36 (including Russia), there were nearly 3.5 million FTTH/B subscribers and more than 25 million Homes/Buildings Passed.

Because of its specific demographic characteristics, Russia is the heaviest country in terms of subscribers and Homes/Buildings Passed even if the FTTH/B market is still in its infancy in the country. The potential of the Russian market is huge and might convince new players to get involved in FTTH/B deployments in the near future.

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Source: IDATE
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 2:09:43 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The global FTTH/B market grew by 16 percent to almost 41 million subscribers at the end of 2009, compared with the end of June 2009, according to a study by Idate. Over the next five years, this momentum is likely to translate into a significant increase in the number of homes passed: by the end of 2014, there will be close to 306 million homes passed for FTTH/B around the globe, of which more than half will still be located in Asia and 18 percent in Western Europe. The study also found that Eastern Europe, which has already pulled ahead of Western Europe, with 3.5 million FTTH/B customers, compared to around 2 million. In 2014, 18 countries will have deployed optical fibre networks to more than 50 percent of homes, which is 10 more than at the end of 2009. Japan is still leading with 17.14 million FTTH/B subscribers followed by South Korea with 9.23 million, the US with 5.7 million, Russia with 3.04 million and Taiwan with 1.675 million.

The top ten further includes Hong Kong, China, Sweden, Italy and France. Japanese fixed network operator NTT is the largest operator with 12.78 million customers, followed by KT from South Korea with 4.63 million, Verizon with 3.43 million, and SK Broadband from South Korea with 3.03 million.

Source: TelecomPaper

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 1:04:42 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |