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 […]

Sky launches new ultra-fast fibre offering

Sky has launched an ultra-fast broadband product, Sky Fibre Max, offering speeds of up 76Mbps, in the UK. The new service, Sky’s fastest broadband offering, will be available for £25 a month plus Sky line rental. The company is highlighting the ability of Sky customers to download music albums in five seconds and TV shows […]

Virgin Media names UK villages due for fibre upgrades

Virgin Media has named 10 communities in England and Scotland that will benefit from an “ultrafast broadband and entertainment boost” this year.  The villages will be connected with fibre broadband that is run directly to homes and businesses, with the investment forming part of Virgin Media’s £3 billion (€3.9 billion) Project Lightning network expansion. Four […]

Orange to extend fibre network to 10 more cities

Orange in Poland is to extend its fibre network to 10 additional cities, the company has announced. The operator plans to build out its network in the cities of Bielsko-Biala, Czestochowa, Gdynia, Gorzow Wielkopolski, Kielce, Olsztyn, Radom, Rzeszow, Toruń and Włocławek. Orange says that it plans to take its fibre network past 3.5 million homes […]

IoD: UK should aim for 1,000x faster broadband speeds

The UK government has a “poverty of ambition” when it comes to national broadband speeds and should aim for speeds 1,000 times faster than current targets, according to business leaders. A new report by the Institute of Directors (IoD) calls for a new target that would give households and businesses access to speeds of 10 gigabits […]

UK government pledges superfast broadband for new homes

The UK government has unveiled plans to make superfast fibre broadband available to all new home developments. Announcing the new deal, the government said it has worked with BT’s Openreach network infrastructure arm and the Home Builders Federation (HBF) on an agreement that aims to provide fibre to new homes either for free or as […]

Orange passes fibre milestone

Orange now has over one million fibre broadband customers. The milestone was marked by the group’s CEO Stéphane Richard via Twitter. The figure means that Orange serves about one in four of France’s high-speed internet customers, which numbered 3.9 million at the end of September, according to figures released by telecom regulator ARCEP. According to […]

Vodafone Portugal to extend FTTH to further half million homes

Vodafone Portugal has said it will extend its fibre-to-the-home network to an additional 550,000 homes between now and the end of 2016. The network expansion will take Vodafone’s FTTH network to 2.75 million Portuguese homes in total, representing over two in three homes in the country, with a total investment of €125 million. The company […]