Fibre


Ofcom unveils plans to supercharge UK fibre, close down copper network

UK regulator Ofcom has unveiled new plans to accelerate the slow rollout of fibre, including caps to what BT’s infrastructure arm, Openreach, can charge for access in urban areas combined with incentives for the infrastructure player to invest in rural areas. Opening a consultation on its review of the wholesale fixed telecoms market, Ofcom also […]

EQT Infrastructure acquires German fibre provider inexio

EQT Infrastructure has bought German fibre optic broadband network provider Inexio from Warburg Pincus. Based in Stockholm, EQT Infrastructure is a sub-brand of investment firm EQT that funds a range of medium-sized infrastructure businesses in the Nordic region, Continental Europe and North America. It has acquired the full company from private equity firm Warburg Pincus, […]

Sky expands fibre reach with BUUK partnership

Sky has announced a strategic partnership with BUUK Infrastructure that will see the operator obtain wholesale access to BUUK’s full fibre network. Last-mile network provider BUUK services more than 1 million homes with over 30,000 discrete networks. This latest partnership builds upon existing arrangements between the companies, and focuses on the availability of Sky TV […]

Virgin Media reportedly looking at large-scale fibre expansion through JV

Liberty Global-owned Virgin media is planning a large-scale expansion of its fibre network in the through the creation of a separate company backed by infrastructure funds, according to the Financial Times. According to the paper, citing unnamed sources, Liberty has appointed LionTree to create a JV to build fibre networks outside of densely populated urban […]

S&P: half of fixed-line broadband homes in APAC get speeds of 100 Mbps

Roughly half of all fixed-broadband households in the Asia-Pacific region have a connection with download speeds of 100 Mbps or greater, according to Kagan. The S&P Global Market Intelligence research group found that as of the first half of 2018, 49.3% of fixed broadband households across 14 markets could access these broadband speeds, equating to […]

Openreach announces new locations for FTTP build-out

BT-owned infrastructure subsidiary, Openreach, has announced 11 new UK locations where it will build fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) networks during 2019. The locations are Bury, Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, Croydon, Greater Glasgow region, Harrow, Merton, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Sutton Coldfield, and Salford. Openreach said it is on track to reaching three million homes and businesses with […]

Ofcom outlines plans to boost fibre build-out

UK media and telecom regulator Ofcom has outlined proposals to give businesses, mobile operators and broadband providers greater access to BT Openreach’s ducts and poles to boost the rollout of fibre. Ofcom is consulting on proposals to allow access to Openreach’s ducts and poles to companies offering any type of telecoms services including high-speed lines […]

Kagan: OTT video trend highlights the need for fibre

The popularity of streaming services like Netflix, coupled with increased competition for broadband speed, are strong reasons for operators in Western Europe to up their fibre efforts, according to Kagan. The TMT arm of S&P Global Market Intelligence said that fibre progress to date has been slow due to factors including high rollout costs, a […]

Ofcom outlines full fibre support proposals

Ofcom has outlined a set of proposals to support long-term investment in full-fibre networks, following the publication yesterday of the government’s Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review (FTIR). The UK’s communications regulator said that “consistent, predictable regulation” over the coming years will help companies like Openreach, Virgin Media, Vodafone, CityFibre and TalkTalk as they build out full-fibre […]

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