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CityFibre announces restructured Vodafone deal, FibreNation acquisition

Vodafone has announced a restructuring of its deal with CityFibre with a view to accelerating its full-fibre rollout.  The new deal will see Vodafone offer its Gigafast Broadband to homes in the 12 cities and towns covered by its phase one deployment on a 12-month exclusive basis. Previously, the period of exclusivity was dependent on […]

Altice Europe-backed SFR FTTH acquires fibre wholesaler Covage in €1bn deal

Altice Europe and a group of financial investors have agreed to acquire Covage, the fourth largest FTTH infrastructure wholesaler in France, for €1 billion. Altice’s SFR FTTH outfit, alongside its consortium of financial investors led by OMERS Infrastructure and including Allianz Capital Partners and AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets, acting on behalf of its […]

FTTH passes nine million mark in Spain

The number of FTTH lines in Spain passed the nine million mark in May, according to figures released by regulator the CNMC. According to the watchdog, 148,000 new lines were added in May, contributing to year-on-year growth of 1.8 million. Over the same period, DSL lines declined by 1.3 million. Telefónica/Movistar has a 44.4% share […]

Deutsche Telekom teams up with EWE for fibre JV

Deutsche Telekom has struck a partnership agreement with energy utility and telecommunications provider EWE to create a joint venture to roll out fibre networks in Lower Saxony, North-Rhine Westphalia and Bremen. The new venture, Glasfaser NordWest, aims to provide fibre connectivity to up to 1.5 million homes and businesses across the three German federal states. […]

Altice Europe strikes €1.8bn FTTH deal to create ‘leading wholesaler in Europe’

Altice Europe is to sell half of its French fibre-to-the-home business, bringing €1.8 billion in cash to SFR. AlticeFrance has entered into an exclusive agreement with a consortium comprising Allianz Capital Partners, AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets and OMERS Infrastructure to sell a 49.99% stake in SFR FTTH in a deal that gives the […]

Fibre and cable technologies now dominating global broadband

Some 77% of broadband fixed subscriptions globally are now served by either fibre or cable networks, according to research by Point Topic. According to the research outfit’s Global Broadband Statistics report, over half of broadband subscriptions in each of over 40 countries studied are now covered by full fibre, ‘fibre-fed’ copper, or cable. Leading markets […]

Sky Italia to launch fibre offering

Sky Italia has struck a long-term deal to launch a fibre-only broadband service from next year in partnership with Open Fiber. Sky said the agreement would drive growth in pay TV services alongside fibre. The broadband offering will be available alongside Sky’s existing services. The agreement with Open Fiber will give Sky access to a […]

Teleste and Iskratel team up to enable fibre operators to use coax

Finland-based cable technology outfit Teleste has teamed up with Slovenia-based fibre tech specialist Iskratel to develop a proof-of-concept broadband technology platform combining Iskratel’s GPON technology with Teleste’s DOCSIS-based mini-CMTS, the DOCSIS Access Hub (DAH). The joint platform is designed to enable fibre network operators to make use of existing last-mile coax cabling as an extension […]

Focusing on FTTP will set back EU Gigabit goals, says Liberty Global report

Focusing exclusively on fibre-to-the-premises is likely to be counter-productive in enabling Europe to reach the Gigabit Society goals set by the European Commission, according to a report commissioned by cable group Liberty Global. The report argues that a range of technologies currently considered “very high-capacity” by the Commission, including G.Fast close to the end user, […]

WISI to demo solutions for SMATV and FTTH networks

WISI will demo its LR 10 fibre termination platform, OM 10 and OM 20 micro headends and its new OL-series optical distribution at ANGA COM. The fibre termination platform LR 10 handles fibre in the residence. The new system offers options to network operators to adapt to installation situations ranging from passive splice and tray […]

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