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 […]

Ofcom outlines plans to up fibre broadband investment

Ofcom has outlined a range of measures designed to increase investment in full-fibre broadband in the UK. The UK broadcast regulator said that it is cutting the wholesale price that BT’s infrastructure arm Openreach can charge telecoms companies for its basic superfast broadband service in an effort to ensure “affordable access to superfast broadband for people […]

TalkTalk plans full fibre rollout to 3m UK premises

TalkTalk has announced plans to create an independent company to provide full fibre to more than three million homes and businesses in mid-sized towns and cities in the UK. The service provider said it has agreed heads of terms with Infracapital, the infrastructure equity investment arm of M&G Prudential, with Infracapital funding 80% and TalkTalk […]

NOS teams up with Vodafone in Portuguese fibre deal

Portuguese network operators NOS and Vodafone Portugal have signed a deal to co-develop and share fibre infrastructure. The pair’s agreement covers the reciprocal sharing of dark fibre infrastructure covering about 2.6 million homes in the country. The pair’s agreement also extends to mobile infrastructure, with the pair set to share a minimum of 200 mobile […]

Vodafone Germany plans €2bn Gigabit fibre investment

Vodafone Germany has unveiled plans to invest €2 billion by the end of 2021 on Gigabit fibre broadband services. The UK-headquartered telecoms giant said it expects todeliver around 13.7 million new gigabit connections to German consumers andenterprises under the plan. Vodafone Germany CEO, Hannes Ametsreiter, described the investment strategy as “transformational” and predicted it would deliver […]

UK begins 1Gb broadband trials

The UK government has started trialling 1 Gigabit broadband, marking the start of a £200 million (€218 million) scheme to introduce the UK’s “fastest and most reliable broadband”. The first stage of the project launches today with six local pilots in: Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire; West Sussex; Coventry and Warwickshire; Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset; […]

Altice promises to fibre France without public funds

Altice’s French unit SFR is to roll out fibre across the whole of France, promising to cover 80% of the national territory by 2022 and 100% by 2025. Responding to a request by the French government for operators to make their fibre plans public, Altice-SFR said it would build out a fibre network without any […]

Fibre surpasses cable in Portugal

There are now more fibre broadband subscribers than cable in Portugal, according to the latest statistics published by regulator ANACOM. According to the communications watchdog, there were 3.42 million fixed broadband subscribers in the country at the end of the first quarter, up 44,000 on the previous three months. Fibre now accounts for 34% of […]

Spain’s Adamo makes €40m fibre pledge

Regional Spanish broadband provider Adamo will invest €40 million to build out fibre in the Cantabria region in the north of the country. The company said the expansion will take fibre to all parts of the region and beyond the cities of Santander and Torrelavega that already have fibre optic internet coverage. Adamo claims that […]

Google halts new Fiber rollouts, cuts staff in major strategy shift

Google will not now roll out fibre internet in most of its ‘potential Fiber cities’ and will cut staff in these markets, in a major change to its connectivity strategy. In a blog post announcing its decision, Google said that work would continue in its existing Google Fiber footprint – in the cities where it […]