FTTH becomes ever more dominant in Spanish broadband

Fibre-to-the-home lines in Spain passed the milestone of 14.3 million homes in June, while overall fixed broadband lines reached 17 million, according to the latest statistics published by markets regulator the CNMC. According to the watchdog, fixed broadband lines grew by 31481 in June to reach 17.042 million, up from 16.329 million a year ago. […]

Orange’s rivals slam copper net shut-down plan

Orange’s French competitors have expressed dismay over the country’s leading telco’s plan to shut down its copper network. In submissions to a consultation organised by telecom regulator ARCEP, the telcos cited lack of transparency and lack of ambition as their principal concerns. Orange has submitted a plan that would see it stop offering xDSL in […]

OTE commits to €3bn investment in fibre

Deutsche Telekom-owned Greek telco OTE has committed to invest over €3 billion by 2027 in upgrading its fixed network. OTE Group plans to bring fibre-to-the-home to to 3 million households and businesses. The company has also taken a decision to upgrade, free of charge, the fixed broadband speeds that its Cosmote customers enjoy, subject to […]

Deutsche Glasfaser secures €5.75bn in funding for FTTH

Germany’s Deutsche Glasfaser Group has secured new financing to the tuen of €5.75 billion euros that it says will make a significant contribution to the expansion of its fibre network to four million households in Germany by the end of 2025.  The new capital inclukdes a €3 billion loan, a capex facility for €2.5 billion […]

Liberty Global to return to Germany with FTTH joint venture

Liberty Global looks set for a return to the German market two years after selling its networks in the country to Vodafone. Liberty Global Ventures, the investment arm of the cable giant has teamed up with InfraVia Capital Partners, a private equity firm specialising in infrastructure and technology investments, to create a new joint venture […]

Fibre overtakes DSL in OECD countries

Fibre internet has surpassed DSL for subscriptions across OECD countries for the first time. In 2020, a record 21.15 million new fixed broadband connections (including fibre, DSL, cable and others) were recorded, exceeding fixed broadband subscriptions across the OECD’s 38 member countries. The tech now represents 30% of all fixed broadband across the nations, up […]

Virgin Media announces broadband deal with Barratt Developments

Liberty Global’s Virgin Media has announced a partnership with Barratt Developments. Barratt Developments is the largest housebuilder in the UK. The deal will see Virgin ensure that all of its new homes are capable of achieving gigabit speeds. The developer is set to build 15,000 homes in the UK in 2021. This is the latest […]

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 […]

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