France and Belgium may need to put their fiber hopes on hold, according to a 2020 outlook released by Eurofiber, a Netherlands-based fiber infrastructure and connectivity provider. According to the company, while COVID-19 has not affected network deployment in the Netherlands, that is not the case in France and Belgium, where progress has stalled.
Eurofiber operates fiber optic networks in the three markets, and also maintains its own data centers in the Netherlands and France. Although it provided few other details, noting merely that government authorities have imposed restrictions on the delivery of new projects, the announcement highlights the effects of the pandemic on fiber rollout targets in some markets.
In France, for example, the InfraNum federation created to support France's broadband scheme "Plan Très Haut Débit," has called for government support to ensure fiber rollout targets are met. In a recent tweet, Philippe Le Grand, VP and treasurer of InfraNum, questioned whether 100% fiber was a realistic goal even for 2030, let alone 2022 or 2025.
Over the next two years, approximately 60% of service providers (both large and small) will adopt virtualization on a wide scale across their networks, according to the latest survey report from Ovum. Why are providers making these moves? Is there an easy way to start?
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