Also today, Telecom Italian's chairman might leave, AT&T is right on its SDN goal and Mexican authorities approve FWA provider's spectrum sale.
Openreach this week told ISPs it is postponing future guidance on its plans for hybrid fiber Gfast "ultrafast broadband," capable of 100 Mbps-plus. The operator's Gfast deployments will continue, but it is reviewing rollouts beyond March 2020, according to a press report. Openreach's Gfast network was available to 2.17 million UK premises by the end of June 2019 and is widely expected to reach 2.73 million by March 2020, parent company BT said in its second-quarter earnings report. That was almost double the 1.12 million premises who could access the fixed-access network via this copper-based, fiber-interfacing technology. However, the UK government and a growing number of UK altnets are focusing solely on fiber, regardless of customers' current needs or operators' plans to build upon Gfast as a more profitable path to fiber.
Telecom Italia Chairman Fulvio Conti may resign, about 16 months after he was appointed to the position in May 2018 by US activist fund Elliot -- the same fund now making waves at AT&T. Elliot controls about 66% of TIM's 15-person board, Reuters reported. Conti is mulling over the move "in light of the renewed climate of trust and collaboration within the board and between the shareholders," he said in a statement. Soon after becoming chairman, Conti and French media group Vivendi -- which is the top investor in TIM at 24% -- accused him of favoring Elliott and both sides have been at odds since.
Three fourths of the MPLS tunnel traffic on AT&T's core network is controlled by SDN and is on-pace to reach 100% in 2020, said Mike Paradise, VP of network cloud and infrastructure operations. The carrier installed automated, internally developed software controllers to replace its existing physical appliances that required manual resets, he said. Benefits include more cost savings, faster reconfiguration speeds, accelerated deployment of new services and improved customer experience, Paradise noted. MPLS tunnels carry AT&T's broadband, enterprise and mobile traffic, and determine what physical traffic to take between cities. By adding SDN controllers which absorb network control plane data, AT&T automatically manages traffic on logical and physical paths within optical and packet networks. (See AT&T's Fuetsch: 'We Really Didn't Have a Choice' on Open Networking.)
Swiss operator Sunrise keeps hitting speedbumps on its way to acquire Liberty Global's Swiss division, UPC Switzerland. Activist investor AOC, whose stake in Sunrise totals less than 3%, opposes the $6.4 billion deal. (See Eurobites: Sunrise/Liberty Deal Catches More Flak.)
Mexico's Instituto Federal del Telecommunicaciones (IFT) voted to transfer 10 2.5GHz licenses from fixed-wireless-access provider Ultravision to mobile provider Radiomovil Dipsa, part of Telcel TeleGeorgraphy reported. That transfer will give Telcel 30.79% of Mexico's mobile spectrum, placing it only behind AT&T Mexico's 33.64%. The third largest allotment goes to Telefonica Moviles Mexico (Movistar), which has 17.36%.
With WiFi 6, service providers are equipped to give subscribers high-quality support without the overhead associated with truck rolls or technician visits, writes Greg Owens, senior director of product marketing at Calix.
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