Network design and cost-modeling firm COMSOF developed the cost model, Erzsebet Fitori, director general of the FTTH Council Europe, says. The cost is expected to drop as FTTH Council and COMSOF integrate other factors into the equation, she adds.
"It is based on current implementation costs -- for example, it took account of increased labor costs -- and on a detailed modeling, including the distribution of population and geography leading to a high level of accuracy (high and low density, single and multi-dwelling units, etc.)," Fitori tells UBB2020. "The potential impact of the cost-reduction directive and the use/sharing of existing infrastructure is not yet included in the €156 billion figure. We will release the estimated figure, including these savings, in Marseille. Approximately 30% cost-savings could be realized from cost-reduction and re-use/sharing, but it is not a simple deduction of 30% from the €156 billion."
There's big disparity between FTTH/B availability across the EU's 28 members. (Source: Heavy Reading)
Based on current national approaches to ultra-broadband, only one-fifth of households will subscribe to a FTTH service by 2020 and less than one-third, or 31%, will have residential fiber by 2025, the EC report finds.
"As the EU is just rewriting its connectivity targets and telecoms legislation, we are actively contributing to this legislative and policy debate," Fitori says. "We will have a series of discussions on both policy and regulation, the more operational issues of fiber deployments, the benefits fiber enables and, of course, its costs in Marseille."
Broad, varied market
There's great disparity in existing FTTH availability across the approximately 508 million people who live in the EU.
More than 80% of homes in Spain, Sweden and Portugal already have access to a FTTH connection, says Ronan Kelly, president of the FTTH Council, in the report. Several Eastern European nations including Latvia and Lithuania have more widespread uptake of FTTH and fiber to the business (FTTB) that countries such as the UK, Italy and Germany, Heavy Reading finds.
In a flurry of activity throughout the week, Donald (DJ) LaVoy, Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development at the US Department of Agriculture, and his team spent about $145.8 million in the non-urban or suburban areas of seven states.
Calix reported revenue of $120.19 million – up 4% – in Q4 2019, putting a bounce in the step of company president and CEO Carl Russo and a shine to Calix's ongoing transition from hardware vendor to a provider of platforms enabled by cloud, APIs and subscriber experience.
Looking to curtail e-waste and improve the bottom line, BT will require customers to return routers and set-top boxes, although subscribers will not have to pay a fee when they receive regular broadband equipment.
Deploying DOCSIS 3.1 across its entire footprint gave Rogers Communications the ability to offer speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s,
contributing to a broadband segement that generated about 60% of the Canadian operator's $3.05 billion (US) in Q4 cable earnings.
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