Billions for new EU broadband funding plan

The EU will this week announce plans for an €9.2bn broadband rollout project across the continent as part of a huge infrastructure development project that is expected to create hundreds of thousands of new jobs over the next few years.

The scheme forms part of a €50bn infrastructure finance package for Europe, modernising digital, energy and transport networks across the continent.

It is hoped that the broadband package will stimulate further investment in projects like rural broadband, where...

By Matt Henkes, 17 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cabling, Europe, Fiber Optic.

Here's to "robust competition."

Us_dp One of the sad things about the state of the US telecom market is that the balance of power between business and politics is completely out of whack. A few weeks ago I had an opportunity to talk with the Mayor of Chattanooga, Ron Littlefield.

He told me that when Chattanooga started looking into deploying FTTH to power...

By Benoît FELTEN, 05 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, Fiber Optic, Government, Industry, N America.

Forget incentives to incumbents and eliminate hurdles to all others!

In a speech yesterday, EU commissioner for information society Neelie Kroes announced some new proposals to boost investment in Next-Generation Networks. The plan in a nutshell stands in three bullet points:

  • force a reduction in copper wholesale prices to diminish the profitability of copper vs. fiber
  • reward copper to fiber switchover by granting higher copper wholesale prices to incumbents who do switchover
  • inject €6.4bn of public funds

What the plan tries to do really is to reduce what the commission perceives as an excessive gap in short-term profitability between copper and fiber. Kroes seems to believe that this incentive will be enough for incumbents to make the jump and finally invest in their...

By Benoît FELTEN, 04 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, Europe, Fiber Optic, Government, Industry, Infrastructure.

The Onion That Makes Telcos Cry

Mainly due to the success of the Internet with its steady growth and ubiquitous reach, IP has for a long time shown its predominance as the preferred protocol and has more lately become the one protocol on which to base each application. However, network operators have been for many years compelled to deploy several other technologies to implement the services they wanted to sell. This led to the “networking onion” shown in the illustration here where various technologies are deployed in layers to...

By Alex Wanda, 04 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cabling, Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators.

Dell'Oro, Infonetics up forecast for 100G market

Analyst firm Dell'Oro Group has updated its Optical Transport forecast report, with several predictions that should come as welcome news for industry vendors.  The firm recently released a summary of the report findings, which is part of Dell'Oro's larger Optical Transport subscription service.

In the new forecast, Dell'Oro sees total worldwide Optical DWDM equipment revenue growing at a 12%...

By Ciena, 01 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Fiber Optic, Industry, N America.

Cycle Slips: Not all coherent technology is created equal

The early success of Ciena’s coherent optical technology, including strong customer adoption worldwide, has motivated many optical systems vendors to bring to market their own coherent solutions to provide a path for optical transport speeds of 100G, 400G and even 1Tbps.

However, now that the entire optical vendor market is scampering to implement this key technology, a challenge has...

By Ciena, 20 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, Fiber Optic, Infrastructure.

DQE Communications acquires Met-Net

DQE Communications said on Thursday it will expand its fiber-optic network for businesses, starting with a July 1 acquisition of Met-Net Communications of Findlay.

Met-Net’s network always has been powered by DQE, a subsidiary of Downtown-based Duquesne Light Holdings, so customers should notice few changes, DQE said.

The value of the deal wasn’t disclosed. DQE said the Met-Net addition along with capital investments will boost the capabilities of its commercial-grade network in Allegheny and six...

By TotalTelecom, 08 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, N America.