Vodafone revises Orange fibre deal as it completes Ono acquisition

Vodafone has completed the acquisition of Spanish cable operator Ono and has revised its fibre-sharing deal with fellow Spanish mobile operator Orange, scaling back a previously stated commitment to build out fibre networks across the country.  Vodafone’s €7.2 billion acquisition of Ono follows its earlier purchase of Germany’s Kabel Deutschland and confirms its position as […]

Telefunken partners with Aurora on fibre internet

Telefunken Communications has partnered with Pace-owned Aurora Networks to launch fibre-based fast internet services in Germany. Telefunken said that residential and commercial customers in select communities in Rhineland-Palatinate will be able to take advantage of the new services. Telefunken started construction work earlier this year and activated its first residential customers early last month – […]

BT hits 19 million fibre homes target

BT has now passed more than 19 million homes and businesses with fibre broadband, reaching two thirds of UK premises some 21 months ahead of schedule. BT had originally set a 19 million premises target for the end of 2015, but said it reached it in March, helping the UK achieve “one of the fastest […]

Bouygues: SFR acquisition will enable doubling of fibre investment

The acquisition of SFR by Bouygues Telecom would re-establish a competitive French telecom market and allow his group to invest more in fibre and mobile networks, according to the company’s proprietor Martin Bouygues. In an interview with financial daily Les Echos, Bouygues said he was confident that the French competition authority would give a green […]

VimpelCom boost from fibre growth

Russian service provider VimpelCom’s fixed line business was boosted by growth in fibre-to-the-building subscribers and voice revenue last year, while the company’s fixed-line broadband base declined by 3% year-on-year to 2.3 million. Fixed line service revenue grew by 5% year-on-year to RUB12.4 billion, with ARPU rising by 1%. VimpelCom overall reported revenues of US$22.5 billion […]

Stofa hires new agencies following takeover of Waoo! subs

Danish cable operator Stofa has hired marketing agencies OMD and Gekko to help with a strategic repositioning of its customer offerings.  Along with branding and marketing agency Kunde & Co, OMD and Gekko will help Stofa establish greater visibility in the Danish market, according to the company. OMD replaces previous marketing agency partner Carat, while […]

BT appoints new Openreach CEO

BT has appointed former HSBC, Dixons and Procter & Gamble executive Joe Garner as the new CEO for BT Openreach – the UK telco’s UK local access network. Garner is due to join in mid-February and will replace Liv Garfield, who leaves BT to take the CEO role at water company Severn Trent. “The massive […]

Most European broadband to still come from copper lines in 2020

Most of Europe will still get its broadband delivered over copper phone lines, despite the rollout of fibre, according to research by broadband, IPTV and VoIP market intelligence firm Point Topic.  The study claims that though at least 90% of homes in the European Union will have access to broadband speeds of 30 Mbps download […]

Lattelecom extends fibre network

Latvian telco Lattelecom has build out its fibre network in the town of Krāslavā in the eastern part of the country. The move gives access to the telco’s fibre network to a further 2,520 households. Lattelecom’s fibre network, offering internet speeds of up to 500Mbps, is currently available to 415,000 households, mostly in Riga.

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