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UK FTTH Startup Banks £75M
Ray Le Maistre  
3/25/2019   8 comments
The latest British FTTH startup, toob, pledges to pass 100,000 premises with its own fiber by the end of 2021.
O-RAN Alliance Gives PON Brigade a 5G Fronthaul Boost
Ray Le Maistre  
3/4/2019   2 comments
The likes of Adtran, Calix, Huawei and Nokia will be encouraged by the O-RAN Alliance's decision to give passive optical networking (PON) technologies the green light for fronthaul deployments.
Spain's Euskaltel Unveils Expansion Plans
Ray Le Maistre  
1/11/2019   2 comments
Regional operator is breaking into five new markets and ultimately targets 10 million homes passed across Spain.
Nokia Creates Motley Crew at Fixed Networks Unit
Ray Le Maistre  
12/31/2018   11 comments
Sandra Motley will be President of Nokia's Fixed Networks Business Group starting January 1.
Nokia Merges Fixed, Mobile Access Units
Ray Le Maistre  
11/22/2018   14 comments
Vendor creates new access networks division but has yet to appoint its leader.
EANTC Joins Broadband Forum's Approved Lab List for CloudCO Tests
Ray Le Maistre  
11/19/2018   5 comments
The Broadband Forum has been lining up independent test labs for its CloudCO program, and EANTC has landed the role in Europe.
Nokia Set for New Fixed Networks Chief
Ray Le Maistre  
11/13/2018   2 comments
Nokia's long-time head of fixed networking gear has been given a new role at the vendor, but his replacement hasn't been named.
SK Broadband, HFR, Sckipio Claim Gigabit Gfast in South Korea
Ray Le Maistre  
11/12/2018   7 comments
South Korean operator says it can offer Gigabit broadband services over twisted copper pairs in multi-dwelling units using HFR boxes that house Sckipio's 212MHz Gfast technology.
Dasan Zhone Snaps Up Keymile
Ray Le Maistre  
10/9/2018   2 comments
Further consolidation in the broadband access infrastructure sector sees Germany's Keymile add a European component to the Dasan Zhone empire.
Telefónica Preps a Central Office Reboot
Ray Le Maistre  
5/29/2018   14 comments
Spanish giant is ready to start converting some of its central offices into edge data center facilities that house disaggregated broadband access tech.
Europe's FTTH/B Connections Grow 20% – Report
Ray Le Maistre  
2/15/2018   6 comments
Annual report for FTTH Council Europe shows the number of FTTH/B connections across an extended European region hit 51.6 million in September 2017, but still a massive chunk is in Russia.
Altice Backs NG-PON2 to Enable 5G
Ray Le Maistre  
2/13/2018   1 comment
International operator believes the latest flavor of PON is the only broadband access technology that can properly support fronthaul in 5G networks.
Partners Unveil €375M Plan to Build FTTH Network in Rome
Ray Le Maistre  
1/15/2018   1 comment
Italian utility firm Acea and Open Fiber strike five-year, €375 million investment deal to roll out FTTH access network in the capital.
Pattern Emerges for ADTRAN's Mosaic
Ray Le Maistre  
10/26/2017   5 comments
Vendor boasts of positive feedback from operators as it builds out and shows off its software-defined access proposition around multiple access technology architectures.
AT&T Whips the Gfast Horse, Demanding Faster
Ray Le Maistre  
10/25/2017   1 comment
Early deployments of Gfast in multi-dwelling units have whet AT&T's appetite for even faster broadband services over existing coax cables and soon, executive tells UBB2020.
What Is Europe's Real FTTH Price Tag?
Ray Le Maistre  
2/16/2017   19 comments
The cost of taking a FTTH connection to all of Europe's homes could be as low as €137 billion or as high as €360 billion, if you give any credence to studies from two of the region's broadband lobby groups.
Europe Warms to FTTH, Propped Up by Russia
Ray Le Maistre  
2/15/2017   6 comments
The number of fiber access broadband subs in Europe hit 44.3 million by September 2016, but a big whack of those are in Russia, the latest statistics from IDATE/FTTH Council Europe show.
NG-PON2 Used in Live Trial in New Zealand
Ray Le Maistre  
2/14/2017   8 comments
Northpower Fibre has added NG-PON2 technology to its live open access broadband network, providing a proof point for this emerging ultra-broadband technology.
Italians Launch Probe Into €1.2B FTTH Plan
Ray Le Maistre  
2/10/2017   4 comments
The 'Flash Fiber' joint venture plans of TIM and Fastweb are coming under scrutiny by Italy's competition authority.
Nokia's Numbers Cast Shadow on Ultra-Broadband Market
Ray Le Maistre  
2/2/2017   27 comments
Market indications were that the ultra-broadband market was on the up but Nokia's financials tell a slightly different, if not altogether disheartening, story.
ADTRAN Provides Confidence Boost for Ultra-Broadband Sector
Ray Le Maistre  
1/20/2017   20 comments
Vendor's financials point to a healthy market for ultra-broadband networking technology in 2017 and, perhaps, beyond.
Verizon Seeks Multi-Vendor NG-PON2 Nirvana
Ray Le Maistre  
1/12/2017   25 comments
Verizon has undertaken a successful multi-vendor NG-PON2 test in an effort to help the market embrace interoperability.
Operators Warm to CORD for Their Next-Gen CO Plans: Report
Ray Le Maistre  
1/11/2017   7 comments
Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter (CORD) has caught the imagination of many operators, according to a new study from IHS Markit.
Ultra-High Definition Video Will Be Gigabit's Killer App – Poll
Ray Le Maistre  
1/10/2017   35 comments
A UBB2020 reader poll IDs Ultra HD video as the application that will drive the greatest demand for gigabit broadband connectivity.
AT&T Plots G.fast Expansion As It Updates on Broadband Plans
Ray Le Maistre  
1/6/2017   17 comments
US giant reminds the world of its fiber rollout plans, talks G.fast expansion, hints at further trials of millimeter wave (mmWave) fixed wireless tech, updates on Project AirGig and more!
Capex Shifting to Fixed From Wireless in 2017: MKM
Ray Le Maistre  
1/4/2017   9 comments
The analyst team at industry and equity research firm MKM Partners predicts an overall decline in network operator spending but an uptick in fixed line capex.
Africa's FTTH Boom Has Begun: Report
Ray Le Maistre  
1/3/2017   5 comments
The number of homes passed by fiber is growing at a significant rate across Africa, according to a new industry report.
Open Fiber Expands With Metroweb Acquisition, Uses Huawei's Monitoring Tech
Ray Le Maistre  
12/29/2016   17 comments
Italian open access FTTH network closes acquisition and awards network monitoring deal to Huawei.
Gigabit Hopeful Angie Bigs Itself Up
Ray Le Maistre  
12/23/2016   22 comments
Self-proclaimed 'world's largest telecoms startup' says it can offer 10G services in 87 US markets.
TDC Broadens Its Ultra-Broadband Mix
Ray Le Maistre  
11/29/2016   22 comments
Danish operator adds to its broadband access network technology options in an effort to deliver the best services to its customers.
Europe Will Need Broadband Diversity, Finds Study, but Which Tech Wins Out?
Ray Le Maistre  
11/24/2016   107 comments
The European Commission's vision of a Gigabit Society will require the deployment of a broad range of ultra-broadband technologies across fiber, copper, HFC and wireless networks, finds study, but the question remains about which tech(s) will dominate.
Beltelecom Hits 1 Million GPON Subs
Ray Le Maistre  
11/2/2016   1 comment
The national operator in Belarus has signed up its millionth fiber-based broadband customer as it continues its network transformation program.
Fiber to the Fjord: Norway's FTTH Penetration Tops 35%
Ray Le Maistre  
11/1/2016   20 comments
Norway added more than 112,000 fiber broadband connections in the 12 months to the end of June, according to official statistics.
BBWF: G.fast, Video, NG-PON2 & a New Way of Thinking
Ray Le Maistre  
10/20/2016   8 comments
This year's annual broadband love-in has witnessed a broad range of operator access strategies and multiple reminders that video is the key immediate reason to be investing capex in ultra-broadband networks right now.
Embracing the Broadband Community
Ray Le Maistre  
10/18/2016   6 comments
The three-day Broadband World Forum event in London is key for information sharing, networking and industry interaction in the ultra-broadband ecosystem.
G.fast – So Near, So Far
Ray Le Maistre  
10/13/2016   5 comments
There's a lot of excitement around the G.fast market as tech developments expand the deployment options but there are hurdles to overcome.
So Exactly What Is Ultra-Broadband?
Ray Le Maistre  
10/4/2016   13 comments
Let's define what we mean by ultra-broadband.
CityFibre Puts Its Ducts In a Row
Ray Le Maistre  
9/26/2016   12 comments
UK alternative wholesale fiber network operator is growing aggressively as it aims to offer an alternative option to BT's Openreach.
BT & G.fast: A Mission Accomplished?
Ray Le Maistre  
9/23/2016   5 comments
The UK operator has taken G.fast from a niche opportunity to an industry gamechanger.




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More than a half-million Irish residents expected to have fiber broadband by 2020. But Ireland's National Broadband Plan has not even begun — and government officials today postponed any agreement again.
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