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 Monday, June 16, 2014

The number of fixed broadband connections worldwide will see an annual growth rate of 5.7 percent during the period between the fourth quarter of 2013 and the fourth quarter of 2015, according to a report from Quantum-Web. The number of fixed broadband connections will jump by 78 million over this period to 749 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.

The report also forecast that the dominant technology will remain xDSL accounting for 55 percent of total fixed broadband connections by Q4 2015. Cable modem would come second (21%), followed by FTTx (20%) and other fixed broadband technologies (4%). The fastest growing region in terms of connections are North and Latin America with over 24.5 million new connections while the Middle East has the highest CAGR growth clocking up 16.9 percent over the same period.

The number of broadband net additions is expected to reach 78 million by the end of 2015. The number of broadband connections in China would reach 182 million, adding more than 11 million subscribers by the end of 2015. The five countries leading the net additions in fixed broadband connections – China, USA, Japan, Germany and Russia – would account for more than 42 percent of the global new connections.

In the Asia Pacific region, the largest global market, the growth is fuelled by emerging markets such as China, Indonesia and Vietnam. Indonesia with 41 percent CAGR would be the fastest growing market among the top three. In North and Latin America, USA, Brazil and Mexico with over 17 million net additions represent over 71 percent of the whole regional growth. Uruguay with 49 percent CAGR has the highest growth rate in the region.

In the Middle East, Iran is expected to see over 2 million net additions and 66 percent growth over the next two years. Iran will become the biggest market in the region overtaking its southern neighbours: Saudi Arabia and UAE and the region’s current leader Israel. In Africa with over 2.5 million net additions, Egypt would be the largest fixed broadband market standing at 49 percent CAGR followed by Algeria and South Africa.

In Europe and central Asia region, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine would maintain their positions as the top three markets. These three countries enjoying a net addition of over 8.6 million or 68 percent of the growth in the whole region over the next two years. In the EU 27 market, a net addition of 16.5 million new connections is expected over the next two years. Germany, France and the UK are the top countries in terms of net additions at nearly 46 percent of the European Union.

The number of xDSL connections expected to grow at a CAGR of around 1.8 percent between 2013 and 2015. Cable Modem the second largest fixed broadband technology after xDSL and would maintain this runner up position during the forecast period. The growth of cable modem connections is expected to rise to over 150 million by the end of 2015. North and Latin America with over 88 million connections represents 56 percent of total Cable Modem connections in 2015. FTTx the fastest growing fixed broadband technology is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 24 percent, taking the total number of fibre optic connections from 57 million to over 151 million in 2015. A significant portion of FTTx growth is primarily generated in Asia Pacific. According to our forecasts around 70 percent of fibre optic connections would be in that region. 

There are around 1,600 network operators that currently provide fixed broadband to over 670 million subscribers or 9.46 percent of the global population. China Telecom, with 88.8 million fixed broadband connections, is the largest operator in the world followed by China Unicom and Comcast. The number of China Telecom connections is forecast to rise by 5 percent CAGR to 98.6 million connections between 2013 and 2015. The fastest growing operator, among the top ten operators in the world, is Russia Rostelecom with 11 percent CAGR during the same period.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, June 16, 2014 7:51:54 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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)  #     | 
 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

Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) has reported that its fixed broadband subscriber base grew by 19.6% year-on-year to 357,000 at the end of June 2013, whilst it has rolled out 57,000 new high speed lines based on its new fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) network of which 20,000 had already been connected to users by that date. SLT says customers can receive bandwidth benefits from the FTTC network within 2km of a fibre distribution point, while it plans to provide 90% of its fixed access customers broadband speeds of 20Mbps.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:43:24 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, May 23, 2013

Ukraine’s incumbent national PSTN operator Ukrtelecom reports that its number of fixed broadband subscribers increased by a net 43,000 in the first three months of 2013 to reach 1.584 million at the end of March, despite ‘ever increasing’ competition. The telco’s press service also claimed that Ukrtelecom’s ‘OGO’ branded fixed broadband services continued to reap the highest average revenue per user (ARPU) in the market, at UAH70 (USD8.50) per month, due to its ‘transparent tariff policy’.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, May 23, 2013 1:01:54 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)  #     | 
 Thursday, December 20, 2012
Moldova’s National Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Information Technology (ANRCETI) has reported that the total number of fixed broadband internet subscribers reached 396,500 at 30 September 2012, an increase of 20.4% from 329,100 at the same date a year earlier. xDSL connections accounted for the majority of fixed broadband connections in Q3 2012 (52.3%, down from 57.8% twelve months previously), followed by FTTx accesses which made up 41.9% of the total (37.5%) and cable subscriptions with 5.5% (4.1%). Fixed line incumbent Moldtelecom remains the market leader in the fixed broadband market, holding a share of 69.1% at the end of September 2012, followed by StarNet (16.9%), Sun Communications (5.6%) and other operators (8.4%). The number of 3G mobile internet customers (using USB modems and data cards) totalled 167,600 at the end of September 2012, an increase of 8.9% year-on-year. Orange Moldova accounted for highest number of mobile broadband customers (80,500) according to ANRCETI, followed by Moldcell with 56,600 and Moldtelecom with 30,400.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, December 20, 2012 3:47:49 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, October 29, 2012

Lithuania’s fixed line incumbent TEO LT has announced it generated revenue of LTL570.5 million (USD213.6 million) in the first nine months of 2012, an increase of 2.9% from LTL554.3 million in the same period of 2011. Sales were boosted by an 8.2% year-on-year rise in internet sales to LTL128 million, a 21.2% increase in TV services to LTL42 million and a 41.6% year-on-year jump in IT services to LTL47 million, which helped to offset a 3.9% decline in voice telephony services to LTL269 million. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) for the nine-month period totalled LTL236.2 million, up 3.7% from LTL227.8 million a year earlier, while net profit grew 5.3% year-on-year to LTL123.6 million in 9M12. During the first nine months of 2012 capital investments totalled LTL100 million, the majority of which (LTL83 million) went towards the expansion of TEO’s core and fibre-optic access networks. TEO said revenue for the third quarter of 2012 totalled LTL189.8 million, an increase of 2.9% from LTL184.5 million in the same period a year earlier. EBITDA for the three months ended 30 September 2012 rose 6.7% year-on-year to LTL81.9 million, while net profit for the period grew 11.4% from LTL40.6 million in Q3 2011 to LTL45.3 million twelve months later.

At 30 September 2012 TEO reported a broadband internet subscriber base of 380,824, an increase of 3.7% from 367,396 customers a year earlier; the total includes 156,068 FTTx users, up 19.1% year-on-year thanks to the expansion of TEO’s fibre-optic network. With a presence in over 100 towns and cities, a total of 747,000 homes were covered by the infrastructure at the end of September 2012 (up from 705,000 a year earlier), representing 62% of the country’s households. Television customers increased 10.1% over the twelve-month period to reach 161,921 (including 89,076 IPTV users – up 17.6% year-on-year), while the total number of main telephone lines in service at the end of September 2012 amounted to 615,807, a decrease of 6.8% from 660,767 a year earlier.

Source: Telegeography.

Monday, October 29, 2012 5:09:49 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Hungary’s National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) has released its monthly ‘flash reports’ on the nation’s fixed and mobile markets, showing that the total number of fixed voice accesses reached more than 3.002 million at 31 August 2012, up from 2.999 million at end-June, a household penetration rate of 61.86%. Of the total, copper wire PSTN lines accounted for over 1.978 million voice channels, compared to 2.006 million two months earlier,

voice over cable television (VoCATV) connections grew by 20,904 to 556,762, and voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) subscriptions increased by a net 10,624 to 406,674. In terms of fixed line market share, Magyar Telekom’s T-Home service led the way with 59.8% of the market, ahead of second-placed Invitel Holdings with 13.1%, UPC Hungary (12.2%), DIGI (8.7%), and others (6.2%).

The number of fixed broadband connections reached 2.132 million by the start of September this year according to the regulator’s findings, which are compiled using data supplied by the principal players: Magyar Telekom, Invitel, GTS Hungary, UPC Hungary, DIGI, PR-Telekom, Tarr, ViDaNet and Parisatt. xDSL connections dipped by 6,234 to 777,925 subscriptions, although this was offset by a rise in basic cable modem lines to 857,954 from 848,708 previously, and cable (DOCSIS 3.0) users – up 12,045 to 210,261. Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) uptake also continues apace, accounting for 298,808 lines at 31 August, compared to 290,087 in June.

Meanwhile, in the mobile segment, the NMHH said that the country was home to a total of 11.509 million registered SIM cards at the end of August 2012, down a net 18,134 connections from 11.527 million at 30 June, a cellular penetration rate of 115.8%. In terms of the number of SIMs actually generating traffic though (i.e. active users), the figure stood at just over eleven million by 31 August, up from 10.980 million two months earlier. The NMHH found that T-Mobile Hungary accounted for 45.83% of active users at end-August, ahead of Telenor, with 31.47%, and Vodafone in third with 22.70%.

Source: Telegeography.

Monday, October 29, 2012 5:07:20 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Belgium’s largest broadband provider by subscribers, Belgacom, has announced that it is increasing the upload speeds on all of its DSL services from the beginning of next month. Residential customers signed up to its ‘Internet Everywhere Start’ tariff will see uplink rates climb to 2.5Mbps, up from the 1.5Mbps they currently receive, while ‘Everywhere Comfort’ and ‘Everywhere Maxi’ customers will see speeds increase to 3Mbps (previously 2.5Mbps) and 4Mbps (3.5Mbps) respectively. Business users, meanwhile, will see similar speed increases, with users signed up to the telco’s top-end tariff, ‘Offce & Go Pro Everywhere’, will gaining access to the fastest upload speeds of 6Mbps, up from 5Mbps.

Further, Belgacom has also revealed that it will increase data usage allowances on its Internet Everywhere Start plan; the current 50GB per month cap will be doubled to 100GB per month.

As noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in March 2012 Belgacom announced a radical reinvention of its tariffs, unveiling its ‘Internet Everywhere’ range, which it said would replace all of its older tariffs. The products include both traditional fixed line broadband access, while also including Wi-Fi access (via the network of Wi-Fi provider Fon) and 3G data (via the network of its mobile subsidiary Proximus) as standard.

Source: Telegeography.

Monday, October 29, 2012 10:33:26 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, October 01, 2012

The French telecoms regulator Arcep is preparing to introduce quality of service (QoS) indicators for fixed internet providers. According to a report from Digital TV Europe, the indicators will be measured and made public, complementing similar measures in place for mobile networks. Arcep is also thought to be readying legislation which will impose minimum QoS requirements on broadband providers.

Source: Telegeography.

Monday, October 01, 2012 12:54:00 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, July 04, 2012

NBN Co, the public private company overseeing the construction and management of Australia’s in-deployment National Broadband Network (NBN), has revealed the first locations where it expects to roll out fixed wireless broadband services. Using Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, NBN Co has confirmed that, subject to final radio frequency planning and other approvals, the fixed-wireless broadband service will be made available to around 22,000 premises across 14 local government areas, with those councils expected to lodge planning proposals being: Ararat Rural City Council, Buloke Shire Council, Colac-Otway Shire Council, Corangamite Shire Council, Glenelg Shire Council, Hindmarsh Shire Council, Horsham Rural City Council, Loddon Shire Council, Moyne Shire Council, Northern Grampians Shire Council, Pyrenees Shire Council, Southern Grampians Shire Council, Warrnambool City Council and Yarriambiack Shire Council. The fixed-wireless broadband service, which will be made available to operators on a wholesale basis, will offer downlink speeds of up to 12Mbps, and NBN Co noted that facilities will be switched on in stages from around mid- to late-2014. Ultimately, the fixed-wireless broadband service is expected to be made available to around 4% of Australia’s premises.

Meanwhile, the company has also confirmed the local government areas where planning proposals will be lodged to deliver high-speed fixed wireless broadband in Tasmania, with around 32,000 premises across 28 local government areas to benefit from the service. Switch-on of the network in Tasmania is expected in the second half of 2013. Alongside the announcement of fixed-wireless broadband developments in Tasmania, NBN Co has also named a number of new locations where fibre-based broadband has been made available commercially. With services in Triabunna, Sorell, Deloraine and Kingston Beach having now come online, it is understood that around 12,800 premises in total across Tasmania can now connect to the fibre optic network. Looking ahead, the activation of the network in George Town and St Helens is scheduled to take place in the coming weeks, adding a further 4,900 homes and businesses to the NBN footprint in the state.

Source: Telegeography

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

Telekom Malaysia™ has announced that it now has more than two million fixed line broadband subscribers on its books, Bernama reports. TM CEO Datuk Seri Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa said that the reaching of the milestone reflected increased broadband adoption in Malaysia as a whole, adding that his company’s achievements would help the government in reaching the 75% broadband penetration target set out by its National Broadband Initiative (NBI) by end-2015. ‘TM has been in the pivotal role of fulfilling this agenda as the company is currently contributing more than 40% of the national broadband penetration,’ the executive was cited as saying.

Of the two million broadband customers signed up with TM, almost 360,000 of those have opted to take a service offered over TM’s in-deployment High Speed Broadband Network (HSBB). Take up of such services – which are offered under the ‘UniFi’ banner – has continued to gather pace, and as noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, with March 2012 seeing TM confirm that it was planning to roll out the next phase of its HSBB in second-tier industrial areas and state capitals, customer numbers are expected to climb further still.

Source: Telegeography

Wednesday, July 04, 2012 3:52:17 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ireland’s national telecoms regulator the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) has released its ‘Quarterly Report on the Irish telecommunications market’, covering the period January-March 2012. According to its findings, total quarterly electronic communications revenues fell 2.7% quarter-on-quarter to EUR930.3 million (USD1.17 billion), largely the result of a fall in mobile sector revenues. Total voice traffic declined 1.1% over the same period to around 4.34 billion minutes, with fixed voice traffic reporting a 1.8% q-o-q fall and mobile voice traffic, down 0.7%.

ComReg said that overall broadband subscriptions (including mobile internet) in the Republic rose slightly (0.1%) to 1.666 million, although when including dial-up users, the country total decreased 0.1% in January-March 2012, to 1.687 million. Fixed broadband users totalled 1.083 million at that date (+1.2%), mobile broadband (HSDPA) reached 583,031, down from 593,438 and dial-up accounts fell by 4,000 to 20,654. The watchdog reported that ADSL connections declined by 0.3 of a percentage point in 1Q12 to 726,814, cable modem users rose 6.1% to 275,499, fixed wireless access users slipped 2.6% to 69,566, and other broadband increased 8% to 11,519. As at 31 March 2012 the fixed broadband per capita penetration rate reached 23.6%, with the total broadband per capita penetration rate (including mobile broadband) was 36.3%.

ComReg also notes that consumers are increasingly opting for faster broadband connections, with 19.1% of all broadband subscriptions now in the >10Mbps category compared to 10.7% at end-March 2011. The highest proportion of customers in the >10Mbps category are using cable broadband, it said. Finally, the watchdog estimates that approximately 79% of TV homes in Ireland received a digital TV service by May 2012. Approximately 7% of Irish TV homes had an Irish DTT service at the same date.

Source: Telegeography

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 3:37:44 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

According to a report by the Information Society & Media Directorate-General of the European Commission, Slovenia’s mobile broadband service penetration rate (on all devices) reached 29.1% in January 2012. However, the report added that the figure was well below the European Union (EU) average of 43.1%, whilst it saw ‘no significant signs’ of substitution between fixed and mobile broadband. Penetration on large screens, as measured by dedicated data services (via cards, modems or keys), was near-static year-on-year at 2.5% in January 2012, according to the report, which also said that Slovenia’s rate of regular internet use (at least once a week) stood at 66%, below the EU average of 69%, and was virtually unchanged from a year earlier.

Source: Telegeography

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 3:25:22 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, June 22, 2012

Polish internet service provider (ISP) Multimedia Polska has announced the extension of its cable network to three more cities; Chojnow, Wolow and Nowa Ruda. The expansion adds a further 7,500 homes with access to Multimedia’s triple play offerings, including standard and high definition (HD) TV, video-on-demand (VoD) services, high speed internet access and telephony. The expansion follows in the wake of Multimedia’s acquisition of rival cableco Stream Communications late last month which, as noted by CommsUpdate, added approximately 100,000 subscribers to its customer base. At the end of March 2012, Multimedia claimed 1.543 million revenue generating units (RGUs) including 410,292 broadband subscriptions, 356,464 of which connected via cable, 49, 981 through ADSL and 3,847 though WiMAX.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, June 22, 2012 2:55:43 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Zimbabwe state-owned fixed line and internet operator TelOne has expanded the reach of its ADSL broadband networks to Mutare, Marondera and Gweru, in addition to the current coverage areas of Harare and Bulawayo. The telco is working on further expansions to cover the cities of Norton, Chegutu, Kadoma, Kwekwe and Victoria Falls, Telecompaper reports. TelOne had just 2,600 ADSL customers at the end of 2011, according to industry regulator POTRAZ.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, June 22, 2012 12:00:00 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Moshe Kahlon, the Israeli minister of communications, has reportedly confirmed that the government will adopt recommendations made by the Hayek Committee requiring the country’s fixed line infrastructure owners to open access to their respective networks. Globes Online reports that the new legislation will require both Bezeq and HOT Telecommunication Systems to allow alternative operators to utilise their networks to offer a full suite of services, including internet infrastructure and pay-TV. In confirming the plans, the Ministry of Communications (MoC) is also understood to have said that it will allow market forces to decide the pricing agreements for wholesale access, similar to the manner in which mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) agreements are currently reached. Should operators fail to reach a deal over prices, the MoC will retain the power to intervene and set the charges itself.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, June 22, 2012 9:45:14 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Moshe Kahlon, the Israeli minister of communications, has reportedly confirmed that the government will adopt recommendations made by the Hayek Committee requiring the country’s fixed line infrastructure owners to open access to their respective networks. Globes Online reports that the new legislation will require both Bezeq and HOT Telecommunication Systems to allow alternative operators to utilise their networks to offer a full suite of services, including internet infrastructure and pay-TV. In confirming the plans, the Ministry of Communications (MoC) is also understood to have said that it will allow market forces to decide the pricing agreements for wholesale access, similar to the manner in which mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) agreements are currently reached. Should operators fail to reach a deal over prices, the MoC will retain the power to intervene and set the charges itself.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 1:14:05 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, March 16, 2012

German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom (DT) has announced that researchers at its Telekom Innovation Laboratories (T-Labs) have realised a 512Gbps transmission over a single fibre-optic wavelength channel, which the company claims has broken the transmission speed record. The signals were sent over a distance of 734km from Berlin to Hanover and back again. DT said the usable bit rate was 400Gbps, around four times faster than current top speeds. ‘Together with our technology partner Alcatel-Lucent and the experts at Telekom Network Production, we are very proud of having attained this tremendous transmission performance over the internet under real-world conditions,’ commented T-Labs manager Heinrich Arnold, adding: ‘With them, we have successfully developed an innovative method by which the transmission capacity of optical fibre can be increased significantly in network operation.’

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, March 16, 2012 4:09:54 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Uzbekistan national operator Uztelecom reported that­ a more than doubling in revenues for 2011 to UZS 4.518 billion. Income from retail services grew by 15 percent. The broadband subscriber base, based on xDSL and FTTx, jumped by 181 percent to 72,856. The mobile subscriber base of Uzmobile, a subsidiary of Uztelecom, grew by 1.84 times, to 94,110. Uzmobile provides services under the CDMA 450 technology.

Source: Telecom Paper.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 10:21:06 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The number of broadband lines worldwide grew by 17.4 million in the third quarter of 2011 to a total 581.3 million, according to latest figures from Point Topic for the Broadband Forum. This is the highest quarterly additions since early 2009 and represents annual growth of 12.9 percent in the total base. DSL remained the dominant access technology with 61.5 percent of all lines, after adding more subscribers than any other technology in Q3. However, in percentage terms both FTTH and FTTx/hybrid technologies showed the highest growth at 8 percent overall, compared to 2.2 percent for cable and 2 percent for DSL. FTTx added just under 19 million lines in Q3, more than double the number in the same period last year, bringing its market share to 16 percent, just behind cable at 19.5 percent. Asia was the biggest geographic market and showed the strongest growth, up 4.3 percent quarterly to 246.06 million lines. This was driven by China which added over 8 million lines in Q3 for a total 152.5 million at the end of September 2011. Europe grew 2.3 percent sequentially to 173.3 million lines­, and the Americas were up 1.9 percent to 144.53 million. Meanwhile the IPTV market grew by 6.1 percent to 54.4 million users. This was led by growth in France (the biggest market for IPTV), China and Russia; the latter entered the top ten markets for IPTV for the first time, in seventh place.

Source: Telecom Paper.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 9:39:12 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)  #     | 
 Monday, October 17, 2011
Fixed broadband service revenue will generate over USD 182 billion this year end, according to a study by ABI Research. Despite uncertainty of the global economic situation, fixed broadband subscriber numbers are continuing to grow steadily. The availability of mobile broadband services is also causing a slight decline in the growth of fixed broadband net addition. Net broadband subscriber additions are increasing in the markets. China and India in the Asia-Pacific, Russia in Eastern Europe and Brazil in Latin America are the markets with potential for growth. These countries will be the major contributors to fixed broadband subscriber growth over the next five years.
 
However, net subscriber additions are declining slowly in some of the mature markets such as Denmark, Finland, and the Netherlands. Over the past few years, increasing competition in the market has pressured broadband operators to lower subscription prices. Affordable pricing plans attract more customers and enable broadband operators in market expansion. Broadband operators are trying to provide access to maintain Arpu growth. Subscriber migration to access options including FTTH, VDSL, and Docsis 3.0 technologies will enable operators to raise broadband Arpu. Overall, fixed broadband penetration across each region of the world is expected to grow over the next few years. Revenue from worldwide fixed broadband will surpass USD 216 billion in 2016.
 
Source: TelecomPaper

Monday, October 17, 2011 8:09:23 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, September 29, 2011
The three major operators in China signed-up 5.27 million new mobile customers in August to bring the joint total to 999.83 million, figures from the operators show. China Mobile led in subscriber additions as it signed-up 5.78 million new customers in the month to bring its total to 627.63 million mobile subscribers. China Mobile also reported that it had 40.32 million 3G customers.
 
Meanwhile, China Telecom signed up 2.59 million mobile customers in August to bring its total to 113.53 million, which includes 25.61 million 3G users. China Telecom also ended the month with 72.48 million fixed broadband customers as it signed-up 1.07 million new subscribers in the month.
 
The company continued to see its local access line subscriber base fall as it lost 480,000 customers in August, bringing its total to 171.45 million. China Unicom had 186.10 million mobile customers, including 27.87 million 3G subscribers, as the operator gained 2.36 million new subscribers in August. Unicom also had 53.76 million fixed broadband subscribers, up by 767,000, and 94.70 million local access line subscribers, down by 268,000.

Source: Telecom Paper

Thursday, September 29, 2011 8:29:45 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) today released its Quarterly Report on the Irish telecommunications market for the period 1st April to 30th June 2011 (Q2).  

 

Total quarterly electronic communications revenues (€961 million) increased marginally on the previous quarter (+1.3%). Ireland is ranked 1st out of 20 countries for business calls, 54.8% cheaper than the average of the 20 countries benchmarked. Total voice traffic (fixed and mobile) declined by 0.7% to just over 4.45 billion voice minutes this quarter.

 

Broadband subscriptions increased only slightly this quarter (by 3,859). As narrowband subscriptions fell by a larger amount (by 6,495), total Internet subscriptions (1,662,471) declined very slightly this quarter. The fixed broadband per capita penetration rate reached 22.8%. The total broadband per capita penetration rate (including mobile broadband) was 35.5%. Consumer adoption of higher (advertised) broadband speeds continues, with 12.5% of all broadband subscriptions now in the >10Mbps category compared to 7.3% this time last year.

 

Mobile subscriptions (including mobile broadband) stood at 5,377,188, down from 5,412,551 in the previous quarter. This quarter experienced the highest number of mobile numbers ported (123,646) since the introduction in mobile number portability in 2003. It is estimated that approximately 75% of TV homes in Ireland received a digital TV service by September 2011.

The full report (ComReg document 11/66) is available on the ComReg website.

Source: ComReg

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 1:12:10 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, July 14, 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
 

Thursday, July 14, 2011 9:55:34 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)  #     | 

According to the latest data published by Ireland’s telecoms regulator ComReg, the Republic was home to more than 1.624 million fixed and mobile broadband connections at the end of March 2011, up 10.4% year-on-year and 2.1% quarter-on-quarter. Stripping out mobile broadband connections of 591,368, the regulator reported a little over 1.033 million fixed broadband connections, up 5.3% y-o-y, with much of the growth being driven by cable modem-based users.

In the year to 31 March 2011 the total number of cable subscriptions rose 33.7% to 218,519, while xDSL users increased by 0.8% to 729,890. Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) connections declined by 11.6% to 75,529 in the twelve months under review, although ComReg noted a small 1.7% rise in such connections between 31 December and the end of the first quarter. ‘Other’ broadband access reached 9,197, up 12% y-o-y, although conversely the total dipped 1.2% between 4Q10 and 1Q11. Meanwhile, mobile broadband continues to expand, growing 20.7% year-on-year and 3.4% quarter-on-quarter – according to the watchdog’s findings. Mobile broadband now represents 36.4% of all high speed subscriptions, behind DSL lines (44.9%). Dial-up lines continue to fall: narrowband subscriptions totalled 40,604 at end-March, equivalent to just 2.4% of all internet subscriptions.

 

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 9:13:32 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Finnish operator DNA has upgraded its entire fixed broadband network and will make available new broadband speeds on the acquired Welho network for nearly 1 million Finnish households in May. The maximum speed on the cable network will be 200 Mbps, while the entry-level connection will be 10 Mbps. At the same time, DNA's ADSL products will be updated. More than 900,000 Finnish households are covered by DNA's fully upgraded fixed broadband network, of which approximately two thirds are on the cable network. In conjunction with its new fixed broadband offerings, DNA will introduce a guarantee on speed and terms of service, enabling customers to obtain a fixed broadband connection without a fixed-term commitment.
 
As of May, the new products will be available at all locations covered by DNA's fixed network, namely the capital area and the Oulu, Pori, Lahti, Kuopio, Turku, Rauma and Lohja regions. Those interested in the new offer can submit their e-mail address at dna.fi/nopeat and they will be given more information on the update in May. Existing subscriptions will not be automatically updated to the new products, but if existing subscribers wish to do so, they may switch their existing subscription to a new one.
 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 4:04:29 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The government of Qatar has established the Qatar National Broadband Network Company (Q.NBN) with the aim of deploying passive infrastructure to accelerate the rollout of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) access for consumers and businesses across the country, the secretary general of telecoms regulator ictQATAR, Hessa Al-Jaber, announced. The state-led Q.NBN project is being developed in partnership with incumbent Qatar Telecom and second national operator licensee Vodafone Qatar, aiming to cover 95% of the population with FTTH by 2015.

Source: TeleGeography

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 7:27:53 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Portuguese regulatory authority Autoridade Nacional de Comunicacoes (ANACOM) has announced that the country ended 2010 with a total of 2.075 million broadband subscribers, up 11.3% from 2.022 million a year earlier. In terms of access technology, ADSL continues to provide the lion’s share of connections, with 1,069,489 at end-2010, equivalent to 51.5% of the broadband market. In contrast, cable services now account for 852,302 connections (41.1%), up 13.6% year-on-year. The remaining 7.4% of subscribers (153,551) were made up by fixed wireless access (FWA, including WiMAX) and fibre-optic (FTTx) customer accounts. Of these ‘others’ ANACOM claims that fibre-to-the-home/building (FTTH/FTTB) has witnessed the biggest surge, and now accounts for around 130,000 connections. During 2010 triple-play (fixed voice telephony, broadband, television) subscriptions increased by 52.2% to 169,599, with the increasing prominence of FTTx and cable infrastructure spearheading growth.

Although 51 companies were authorised to provide fixed internet access services during 2010, only 35 were actually in operation. During 2010 Portugal Telecom’s (PT's) wireline retail division Portugal Telecom Comunicacoes (PTC) remained the country's leading ADSL provider, with a 46.8% share of the fixed broadband market. Former PT subsidiary Zon Multimedia heads the list of cable-based operators, claiming a 33.0% market share at the same date.

Source: TeleGeography

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 7:16:37 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, February 07, 2011
Spain added 404,534 mobile lines in December, bringing the total number to 54.36 million, up by 3.2 percent over the same month of 2009, according to the monthly report by Spanish regulator CMT. Over the last three months, Orange won 46.17 percent of the total new additions, Vodafone 22.86 percent, Yoigo 18.48 percent, while the MVNOs won 8.20 percent and Movistar won 4.30 percent in the period. Mobile penetration reached 116.3 lines per 100 inhabitants, versus 114.6 in December 2009. The M2M sector went up by 15.2 percent over the same period last year, to over 2.12 million lines. The growth of the M2M sector brings the total number of mobile lines to over 56.49 million. Spain ported a record 506,938 mobile phone numbers in December, up by 17.9 percent versus the same period last year. Yoigo, the MVNOs and Orange saw a positive balance in portability, while Movistar and Vodafone registered a negative balance.
 
Yoigo won 28,257 net users, the MVNOs added 3,839 users, and Orange won 31,372 ported customers. Movistar shed 45,585 users, and Vodafone lost nearly 17,883 customers in the month. Spanish operators added 61,395 broadband users in December, reaching a total base of 10.56 million lines, up by 8.4 percent year-on-year and a penetration of over 22.6 lines per 100 inhabitants. The number of DSL lines rose by 53,622 connections or by 9.2 percent over the same period of 2009, reaching a total of 8.61 million lines at the end of December. Some 7,773 cable modem lines were added in the month, reaching a total of 1.95 million lines. The overall number of fixed lines dropped by 10,825, to 19.74 million lines at the end of December 2010.
 
Fixed penetration reached 42.2 lines per 100 inhabitants in December 2010, down from 43.0 in the year-earlier month. Around 202,984 fixed numbers were ported in December, up by 48.9 percent versus 136,322 fixed numbers ported in December 2009.
 
Source: TelecomPaper


Monday, February 07, 2011 12:03:19 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Japanese multiservice operator (MSO) Jupiter Telecommunications (J:COM) added a net 111,000 broadband internet subscribers last year to lift its total to 1.696 million from 1.585 million at end-2009.

The MSO also reported solid growth of its voice telephony services, with users increasing from 1.763 million to 1.971 million over the same period. In total, J:COM ended the year with 6.360 million revenue generating units (RGUs) for cable TV, internet and/or telephony services, up 6.9% year-on-year, while the bundling ration (i.e. average number of services taken by one subscribed household) rose to 1.86 from 1.82 previously. The operator’s TV services continue to be popular: J:COM closed out the year with 2.691 million basic TV subscribers, including 2.687 million digital TV customers, up from 2.598 million in December 2009.

Source: TeleGeography

Monday, February 07, 2011 11:27:25 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, January 24, 2011

According to data published by Associacao Brasileira de Telecomunicacoes (Telebrasil), the total number of fixed and mobile broadband accesses in the country reached 34.2 million lines at the end of last year, up 71% year-on-year. Put another way, around 14.2 million new connections were activated last year, Telebrasil reports, with customers signing up to one or more of the available access platforms on offer – i.e. fixed broadband (DSL, cable etc), or 3G mobile. Indeed, in the latter segment the association reported a massive 257% y-o-y rise in connections from four million to 14.6 million, while fixed connections increased from 11.4 million to 13.6 million.

Source: TeleGeography

Monday, January 24, 2011 11:24:04 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, January 17, 2011

According to data published by Associacao Brasileira de Telecomunicacoes (Telebrasil), the total number of fixed and mobile broadband accesses in the country reached 34.2 million lines at the end of last year, up 71% year-on-year. Put another way, around 14.2 million new connections were activated last year, Telebrasil reports, with customers signing up to one or more of the available access platforms on offer – i.e. fixed broadband (DSL, cable etc), or 3G mobile. Indeed, in the latter segment the association reported a massive 257% y-o-y rise in connections from four million to 14.6 million, while fixed connections increased from 11.4 million to 13.6 million.

Source: TeleGeography

Monday, January 17, 2011 2:20:25 PM (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)  #     | 
 Thursday, July 15, 2010

75,000 residential customers in Wellington, Kapiti and Christchurch have been migrated to upgraded network systems, TestraClear has announced. The upgrade to DOCSIS3 means that the new network systems are capable of providing download speeds of 100Mbps. TelstraClear CEO Allan Freeth confirmed that the NZD10 million upgrade to its hybrid fibre-coax (HFC) networks is part of the government’s ten-year investment plan. Mr Freeth commented: ‘The upgrade has dramatically increased the overall capacity of our HFC network. It establishes our extraordinary infrastructure capability into the future and places us ready and willing to meet the requirements of a country that has plans for a national, fibre-to-the-home network.’

Source: TeleGeography

Thursday, July 15, 2010 9:09:50 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

UAE-based telecoms operator Du has announced it will launch its ‘Real Broadband’ service in August, offering subscribers across its current fixed line services footprint download speeds up to 16 times faster at current customer spend levels. The new offering will be available for enterprise customers from 1 August, while residential users can sign up to Real Broadband from 15 August. ‘We have today announced a broadband proposition that will not only provide an edge to our customers and our business partners, but has also set a regional benchmark in terms of broadband prices and value provided,’ commented Farid Faraidooni, CCO at Du, adding: ‘Du’s Real Broadband services will offer better value than similar broadband services offered in the Middle East region. It will be even more competitive than similar services provided in some developed markets such as Ireland and Canada.’

Alongside the launch of Real Broadband, Du has introduced new double- and triple-play packages. ‘Surf & Talk’ bundles landline telephony with the new high speed internet service; customers can choose between 8Mbps broadband for AED199 (USD52.2) per month, 16Mbps at AED259 or 24Mbps for AED349 a month. Meanwhile, ‘Surf, Talk and Watch’ includes fixed telephony, Real Broadband and its Du TV plus service, available at AED249 per month for maximum download speeds of 8Mbps, AED309 for 16Mbps and AED399 per month for 24Mbps broadband.

Source: TeleGeography

Thursday, July 15, 2010 8:50:34 AM (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)  #     | 
 Friday, June 04, 2010
France had over 20 million broadband and ultra high-speed subscribers in the first quarter, according to telecommunications regulator Arcep. The country added 369,000 such customers in the quarter, taking the total to 20.05 million at the end of March. Year-on-year, the high-speed and ultra high-speed subscriber base grew by 9 percent in the first quarter, compared to 10.5 percent growth in the fourth quarter of 2009 and 10.8 percent in the third quarter of that year. Broadband subscribers accounted for 98 percent of the total as of 31 March. Ultra high-speed subscribers grew by 14.6 percent to 330,000 in the period.
 
There were 40,000 new fibre customers. Of all high-speed subscribers at the end of the first quarter, 77 percent were with cable operator Numericable, which runs fibre to the building, then co-ax to flats. The remainder had fibre to the home. According to Arcep around 40 municipalities are involved in fibre rollouts, with networks passing over 4.5 million homes.
 
Source: TelecomPaper
Friday, June 04, 2010 9:36:28 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, March 25, 2010

Kyivstar, Ukraine’s largest mobile network operator by subscribers, is scheduled to launch commercial fixed broadband services for residential customers based on fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) technology this week. Kiev-based newspaper Delo reported on 11 March that the cellco would enter the high speed fixed market in two weeks. The GSM operator began building its FTTB network in Kiev and Odessa in August 2009, whilst earlier this month the company’s planned merger with Russia’s Vimpelcom received Ukrainian antimonopoly clearance, giving rise to the potential for integrating the direct fibre service with Vimpelcom’s wholly owned ‘Beeline’ FTTB services operating in several cities across Ukraine. According to local press Kyivstar has over 250,000 mobile internet laptop/PC subscribers; according to GlobalComms Database it launched a resold 3G mobile internet service in April 2008, via the W-CDMA/HSDPA 'Utel' network of state-owned Ukrtelecom, the country’s only UMTS licensee. Kyivstar does not offer mobile broadband-speed services over its own infrastructure as Ukraine has repeatedly delayed the issuing of UMTS licences to privately owned operators.

Source: TeleGeography

Thursday, March 25, 2010 10:12:54 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, March 22, 2010

As at 31 December 2009 France was home to a total of 19.69 million broadband and ultra high speed broadband subscribers, the national regulator Arcep says in its preliminary market review. The watchdog’s findings show that the total number of subscriptions increased by 540,000 during the fourth quarter, while the yearly increase was around 1.87 million, or 10% per annum. Of the full total reported at end-2009, 19.40 million were classed as broadband subscriptions, including 18.50 million connections - 95% of the total – up 470,000 quarter-on-quarter. Meanwhile, the number of ultra high speed broadband subscriptions was estimated at 290,000 by end-2009, including 70,000 FTTx (mainly fibre-to-the-home) and 220,000 were very high speed broadband access with fibre-optci cable terminated with coaxial. Under the watchdog’s classification system ultra-high speed subscriptions are those whose peak download speed is more than 50Mbps and the peak upload rate is greater than 5Mbps.

Source: TeleGeography

Monday, March 22, 2010 10:57:44 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Dutch broadband market numbered more than six million subscribers at the end of December 2009, writes Telecompaper. The total number of connections stood at 6.06 million at that date, up 1.3% (or 77.000) quarter-on-quarter. DSL continues to be the most popular access technology, accounting for 3.535 million of the total, albeit that the number of xDSL-based lines dipped 0.2%, or 7,100 lines, in Q4, while the number of cable modem-based subscriptions rose 2.8% to 2.358 million. The net addition of 63,700 cable broadband lines in the period under review helped push the platform’s share of the pie up 0.6 percentage points to 38.9% by the year end. Despite the continued dominance of the two technologies, strong uptake was recorded for FTTx connections which doubled to 2.8% of the market by end-2009. By the start of 2010 broadband penetration per household in the Netherlands reached 58.3%, up 2.3% year-on-year, while penetration by population stood at 36.6%, up from 35.4% previously.

KPN’s retail arm was the largest broadband provider in the country by end-2009, with 1.83 million DSL customers – bolstered by the inclusion of former Het Net customers. As at 31 December, KPN’s market share was 30.2%, up from 19.4%, ahead of cablecos Zesko Holding (Ziggo) with 1.447 million customers, a market share of 23.9%, and UPC Nederland with 741,700 customers, a 12.2% market share. As a result of the demise of Het Net, Tele2 became the fourth largest broadband ISP in the country by subscribers with 398,500 DSL customers, a market share of 6.6%.

Source: TeleGeography

Monday, March 22, 2010 10:55:54 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, March 02, 2010

According to recent findings by Dataxis Intelligence, Mobile broadband subscribers in Africa - users of data cards and USB dongles through cellular 3G networks- reached 3.3 million in September 2009 and are expected to break the 4 million milestone in the first quarter of 2010.

In the same time fixed br­oadband subscribers that stood at 3.4 million in September 2009 are forecasted to be around 3.8 million by March 2010, thereby being outpaced by 3G internet usage.

In fact, according to Dataxis, mobile broadband adoption grows 2 times faster than fixed broadband with an average net adds of over 400,000 new subscribers on a quarterly basis. This euphoria is mainly due to the flexibility of the service  with both prepaid and postpaid offerings marketed by operators as well as its user-friendly aspects -mobility, top-up to name a few.

 

Broadband subscribers (million)

  Q109 Q209 Q309 Q409 E Q1010 E
Mobile 2.41 2.84 3.4 3.8 4.2
Fixed 3 3.2 3.43 3.7 3.9
Total 5.41 6.04 6.83 7.5 8.1

 

Source: Cellular News

Tuesday, March 02, 2010 1:45:03 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, December 21, 2009
Spanish telecommunications regulator CMT has fined incumbent operator Telefonica for delaying the provision of naked ADSL wholesale services.
The fine reaches EUR 11 million. CMT set regulations for naked DSL wholesale access in March 2008. The regulator granted Telefonica a period of four months from that date to start offering the service to alternative operators. The current sanction against Telefonica follows a series of complaints from Vodafone. After months of investigation, CMT found that Telefonica is "directly responsible for committing a very serious infringement" against regulations for provision of naked ADSL wholesale services. According to the CMT resolution, the Spanish incumbent operator delayed by one year the implementation of the bitstream access service provision, limiting the ability of alternative operators to compete on a market dominated by Telefonica. Telefonica plans to appeal the CMT ruling, Cinco Dias reports.
 
Source: TelecomPaper
Monday, December 21, 2009 9:11:37 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, December 08, 2009

The Dutch broadband market grew by 0.8 percent or 38,300 net additions during the third quarter of 2009, to reach 5.996 million connections on 30 September, despite DSL losing 12,700 customers, according to Telecompaper’s Dutch Broadband Q3 2009 report. The number of DSL connections dropped by 0.4 percent during the quarter, to reach a total of 3.542 million on 30 September 2009. At the same time, cable broadband reported 1.5 percent growth to 2.294 million customers, and FTTH broadband saw its customer base grow by almost 12 percent to around 160,000.

The Dutch broadband (including FTTH) penetration per household increased to 82.2 percent at the end of Q3 2009, growing by 2.4 percentage points compared to the end of the third quarter a year earlier. Penetration per 100 inhabitants increased to 36.2 percent at the end of the third quarter, compared with 35.1 percent on 30 September 2008.

Of all broadband ISPs, cable network operator Ziggo reported the largest quarterly net additions with 18,000, followed by DSL provider Tele2 Netherlands with 15,000 and cable network operator UPC Netherlands with 14,500. Ziggo is still the largest broadband provider in the Netherlands with 1.418 million customers on 30 September, followed by Internet van KPN with 1.161 million DSL customers and UPC with 707,900 customers at the end of Q3 2009. UPC extended its lead over the number four player, KPN subsidiary and DSL provider Het Net, which lost 11,000 customers during the quarter to end at 670,000 DSL users. Tele2 remains number five in the Dutch broadband ISP rankings, winning 15,000 net additions during the third quarter to end September 2009 with 390,500 DSL customers.

Source: TelecomPaper

Tuesday, December 08, 2009 9:43:57 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, September 28, 2009
The number of fixed broadband connections in Chile grew by 10.4 percent in the first half of 2009, compared to the year-earlier period.
 
Chile had 1.6 million broadband lines at end June, up from 1.46 million in December 2008, according to the Cisco Broadband Barometer. The growth was mainly due to new internet service offerings targeting the lower socio-economic segment, as well as new prepaid service packages and low cost offers. Broadband penetration in Chile is the highest among Latin American countries, at 9.7 percent. The residential market continues to lead, with 85 percent of the overall fixed broadband connections in Chile concentrated in this segment, while the remaining 15 percent are corporate customer lines. Around 31 percent of Chilean households have broadband connections. Nearly 70 percent of the total broadband internet subscribers use speeds of over 512 Kbps or higher.
 
The number of residential mobile broadband subscribers grew by 70 percent over this year's first half, to 395,000 mobile internet users at the end of June. Around 74 percent of the mobile broadband internet connections belong to individual users.
 
Source: Telecompaper
Monday, September 28, 2009 8:17:11 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, September 21, 2009
Austrian minister for infrastructure Doris Bures has unveiled new initiatives to expand broadband networks and broadband applications in Austria.
 
The initiatives aim to support the deployment of superfast broadband in Austria, partnering with all stakeholders, the telecom industry and the Austrian telecommunications regulator RTR. The Austrian government wants to have nationwide coverage of broadband at up to 25 Mbps by the end of 2013. With the new telecom law, a judicial framework for the broadband expansion has been set and the minister has ordered a feasibility study for fibre-optic cadastre, results of which will be published in 2010. Bures also unveiled a support package of up to EUR 40 million for broadband deployment in rural regions and development of new services and applications. Earlier this year, Telekom Austria announced that will it invest up to EUR 1 billion in deploying fibre, replacing the old ADSL technology. The first pilot projects will start before the end of this year.
 
Source: Telecompaper
Monday, September 21, 2009 8:17:03 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, September 17, 2009

The potential market for broadband connections of at least 50Mbps is 900,000 households in the Netherlands, according to a report from Telecompaper.

The consumer survey, conducted in August, shows that 900,000 households would like to have at least 50Mbps download within four years. The report 'Dutch Consumer Connected Q3 2009' was released to coincide with the FTTH Netherlands conference sponsored by Telecompaper. The survey found DSL is currently the most used technology with 49 percent of the market, followed by cable with 40 percent, fibre-optics with 4 percent and other technologies at 6 percent. Around 5 percent of respondents said they still use a dial-up connection. Asked about the most important element of a broadband connection, 55 percent said price, while 37 percent appreciate the possibility of a dual-play plan of internet and telephony. Over a quarter (26%) said that a download speed of at least 50Mbps is also important, while 8 percent want a minimum upload of 8Mbps.

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Source: Telecompaper

Thursday, September 17, 2009 3:35:45 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

British fixed line incumbent BT has confirmed that the first official commercial rollout of its fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) broadband services will take place in January 2010, ISPreview reports. The telco says it expects to extend the service to approximately 1.5 million homes and businesses by the middle of next year, rising to ten million or more by 2012, and expects to invest around GBP1.5 billion (USD2.47 billion) on the deployment. No final pricing details have been revealed for the service, which will offer download speeds of up to 40Mbps, with uploads speeds expected to be between 10Mbps and 15Mbps.

BT has previously released two separate lists detailing a total of 98 exchanges where the service will initially be rolled out, including Welsh capital Cardiff and two exchanges in the Scottish capital Edinburgh.

Source: Telegeography

Thursday, September 17, 2009 3:23:48 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, July 22, 2009

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has invited bids from both private and state-owned operators to roll out around 28,000 fixed line broadband exchanges and 6,000 satellite broadband sites as part of efforts to increase broadband penetration across the country, particularly in rural regions. According to the Economic Times the project will be funded from the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF), which at present is understood to have around INR200 billion (USD4.1 billion) in unutilised funds. The successful bidders will be required to share their infrastructure with other operators, and the subsidy granted by the USOF will be allocated in a phased manner, with the final value determined by the degree to which infrastructure is shared.

Source: Telegeography

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 3:01:07 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Cambodia’s state-owned incumbent Telecom Cambodia (TC) gained twice as many fixed lines subscribers in 2008 than in the previous year, boosting its number of lines in service to 26,091, writes local newspaper Phnom Penh Post. In 2008 more than 3,600 fixed lines were added, compared with just 1,500 in 2007. TC's subscriber growth has continued in 2009, with the number of fixed lines up by 1,337 in the first five months of the year. The report also adds that in total there are around 50,000 fixed line voice connections in the country, with the remainder shared between rival telcos Camintel and Mfone.

Meanwhile Camnet, the internet arm of TC, has also witnessed an increased growth in subscribers. ‘In 2007 there were about 300 Camnet subscribers, but by the close of the first half of this year (2009), the number climbed to around 1,000,’ said Lao Saroeun, director general of TC. One reason behind the increase in customers is the operator’s decision to cut the cost of broadband internet access, Saroeun added. Previously, the monthly cost for a 1Mbps downlink connection stood at USD1,300, but since Vietnamese military-owned rival operator Viettel entered the market, Camnet had dropped its price to USD700 for the same amount of bandwidth.

Source: Telegeography

 

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 2:58:29 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

British fixed line and broadband incumbent BT has announced that it is accelerating its plans for the deployment of its new 'super fast' fibre-optic broadband network, and now expects more than 1.5 million homes to have access to fibre-based services by ‘early summer 2010’.

The telco expects around one million properties to be able to connect directly via fibre by March 2010 in what it claims is a doubling of the speed of its network deployment. It has released a list of 69 locations spread across England, Wales and Scotland that have been earmarked for the latest phase of development, and the revelation comes just days after it revealed it had begun pilots of the technology in the London and Cardiff areas. Commenting on the plans, Steve Robertson, CEO of Openreach, the division of the operator responsible for the rollout said: ‘Fibre is the future and so we’re speeding up the pace of our plans. We had aimed to get fibre to half a million homes by next March but we’re now being far more ambitious. We’ve received a tremendous response to date and so we’re keen to get on with the job.’ BT has set aside GBP1.5 billion (USD2.41 billion) for the construction of its new infrastructure, and aims to have made super fast broadband available to around 40% of the population by 2012.

Source: Telegeography

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 1:29:58 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, June 12, 2009

Filipino telco Globe Telecom has expanded its wireless broadband coverage to meet rising demand in the country. According to a report from AsiaPulse, Menchi T. Orlina, Globe's head for consumer marketing group, said the operator is spending heavily and aggressively to improve both broadband penetration and its position in the market. Orlina forecasts the country’s potential market for wireless internet broadband could top 20 million subscribers by 2012. In order to capitalise on this she says Globe is offering Globe Broadband Tatoo – a W-CDMA/HSDPA service offering download speeds of up to 2Mbps – and Globe Broadband Powered by WiMAX. The company currently has 287,000 broadband subscribers for both fixed and wireless platforms, compared with Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) with 1.84 million. Globe’s WiMAX network is based on the 802.16e standard and operates in the 2.5GHz band. It is currently available in selected areas in South Luzon, National Capital Region, Visayas and Mindanao. Around 4,000 users are signed up to the service, Orlina said.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, June 12, 2009 1:49:11 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |