About 80% of European Union households have access to broadband via next-generation access technologies such as VDSL, fiber-to-the-premise and DOCSIS 3.0, a recent report finds.
That number most likely has already grown, since the research is part of the European Commission's "Broadband Coverage in Europe 2017," released June 22. The 80.1% of EU households covered by so-called NGA technologies make up 176 million residences (9.9 million more than in 2016) -- or 79% of EU households, the report by IHS Markit and Point Topic found.
Where high-speed broadband is (and isn't)
Only Malta offers all residents the option of high-speed broadband connectivity, the report found. But Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Iceland and Portugal accomplished country levels above 95%, researchers determined.
On the flip side, at 49.6% Greece had the least proportion of residential customers covered by NGA networks, the EU study said. Other nations that ranked poorly included Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Poland and France, all of which covered less than 75% of households with NGA networks by the end of July 2017.
Malta had about nine commercial broadband providers, a number that decreased in late 2017 when Vodafone Malta merged with Melita, Malta’s leading cable, broadband and pay-TV provider, with a network covering 99% of Maltese households.
On the other hand, Slovenia uses a mix of government and private operators to make NGA networks available to 83.2% of households -- including 53.9% of rural residences, according to the IHS Markit and Point Topic report. The government's Slovenia 2020 initiative expects 96% of homes to have access to 100Mbit/s and the remainder to be able to avail themselves of 30Mb/s by 2020, the EU report said.
For its part, this month, Slovenia's broadband providers must meet a "universal services obligation" -- a minimal package of services made accessible to all users across the country at the same price, regardless of cost to the operator, Slovenia Times reported. Even if it is unprofitable commercial providers must deliver 4Mbit/s download speeds, the newspaper said, regarding a mandate by the country's Agency for Communication Networks and Services (AKOS).
Designed to help Slovenia close its digital divide, the government originally wanted 10Mbit/s speeds but providers rallied against that requirement, an official told the local paper. In light of Slovenian homes' widespread access to slower broadband -- via mobile, satellite, older DSL or cable infrastructure -- this universal mandate appears the first step in an upgrade or replacement program ultimately designed to help the Eastern European nation attain its 2020 vision.
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.
In a new report and searchable database, Broadband Now discovered fiber is the is the least expensive technology powering subscribers' connections. But the poorest, most rural residents pay the most for connectivity, regardless of underlying infrastructure.
As Vice President of Global Healthcare at AT&T, Maria Lensing oversees the telecommunications operator's technology and professional services offerings across the spectrum of medical providers, from solo practitioners and walk-in clinics to giant hospital chains, medical-device vendors and consulting firms. Lensing also sees more interest from traditional service providers -- cable and telecom operators looking to expand or build relationships with their own medical communities, perhaps as an adjunct to smart-home successes or standalone.
Lensing, who took on this role almost a year ago in May 2018, oversees both the sales and technical teams responsible for developing growth initiatives for AT&T's Global Healthcare business -- including products, services and industry-specific solutions. She also very actively promotes business minority inclusion, education and female empowerment programs and has been recognized both within and outside AT&T. Some awards she's received include "Top 40 Under 40" and "Super Woman in Business" from the Memphis Business Journal.
Join Maria Lensing, VP of Global Healthcare at AT&T, on Tuesday, April 23 at 12:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 p.m. PT, when she's the guest on BBWN Radio, hosted by Broadband World News Editor Alison Diana. Register now!
So far, the agenda includes a discussion of technologies such as fiber and 5G; defining the needs and solutions for a widely diverse range of customers; partnering for success in a typically slow-moving, budget-constrained market; learning and dispersing best practices from other verticals and within other business groups; promoting diversity and female empowerment when so many say they're doing so but so little has changed; and what she hopes to accomplish in another year in this role.
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Tune in to Broadband World News Radio on February 14 at 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT / 4 p.m. UK when John Isch, Practice Director of the Network and Voice Center of Excellence at Orange Business Services, discusses use cases, ROI and misconceptions of software-defined wide-area networks, virtualization and cloud.
Just when you thought the answer to your next technology direction question was clear, the noise around multiple new technology options fills the Internet and airwaves. Multiple 5Gs are being deployed; there's CableLabs' 10G initiative; the ITU and IEEE are toiling around 50G PON – and we haven’t even talked about Wi-Fi6 yet! Is any of this real, do you have to pay attention or can you just let the dust settle and then decide?
Since waiting is often not the best option, let’s demystify technology options, their impact on your business, and how to prepare for whatever the future brings.
In this webinar, Service Providers will learn:
Current state of 5G and how it affects everyone, not only mobile network providers.
Latest technologies being developed and how they will benefit their networks and subscribers.
How to prepare their networks for the future – whatever it may hold.