Fibre


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 […]

UK unveils plans for full fibre and 5G internet

The UK government has unveiled plans to promote the quicker rollout of fibre broadband ahead of an eventual full switch from copper to fibre. Among the recommendations laid out in the Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review (FTIR) was new legislation that will guarantee full fibre connections to new build developments. The review also called for an […]

BT launches BT Plus fibre and 4G convergence plans

BT has launched its new converged fibre and 4G plan, BT Plus, offering fast connections in and out of the home in a single bill. BT Plus will give customers ‘superfast’ or ‘ultrafast’ fibre speeds and a free upgrade to the fastest 4G speed available on their network. Ultrafast fibre plans come with a 100Mbps […]

UK government pledges full-fibre for ‘most homes and businesses’ by 2025

The UK government has said a “step change” is needed in the country’s approach to fibre internet and has set a target for fibre connections to be available to the majority of homes and businesses by 2025. Chancellor of the exchequer, Philip Hammond, set out the plan during a speech at the Confederation of British Industry Annual […]

UK pledges £67 million to Gigabit broadband voucher scheme

The UK government has pledged to invest £67 million (€76 million) in a voucher scheme that will help small and medium sized businesses and residents with the costs of connecting to full fibre broadband. Announced by chancellor Philip Hammond, the Nationwide Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS) will provide vouchers worth £3,000 to small businesses or […]

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