TI’s network spin-off could still pose regulatory questions

By Luca Schiavoni, Analyst, Regulation

The Italian fixed incumbent Telecom Italia (TI) is looking to spin off its network. It would be owned by a separate company, of which TI would retain a controlling stake.

This move is likely to facilitate the removal of the remaining retail obligations on TI’s retail business (the Newco), although not immediately. The Italian regulator AGCOM should proceed to further deregulate the fixed retail market only after it has found evidence that TI no longer has SMP.

The...

By Ovum Research, 04 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Fiber Optic, Government.

UK broadband regs change: State aid by any other name?

It would be an understatement from my part to stress that I don’t think broadband proceedings in the UK are going in the right direction.

It’s the prerogative of any private business – including incumbent BT – to focus on short term gains when it comes to enhancing their infrastructure, but it’s a lot more questionable when a government doesn’t look beyond the short-term either.

Furthermore, the BDUK process, by effectively eliminating anyone but BT and Fujitsu (and word on the street is...

By Benoît FELTEN, 12 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Europe, Fiber Optic.

Calix gets boost from Ericsson buy but still needs to earn global stripes

By Kamalini Ganguly, Analyst, Network Infrastructure, Ovum

On August 22, Calix announced that it was acquiring Ericsson’s fiber access assets.

It also struck a three-year partnership deal for Ericsson to resell and distribute Calix’s Unified Access Systems and software (augmented by Ericsson’s GPON EDA 1500), giving it access to Ericsson’s tier-1 customer relationships in 180 countries.

The deal will push Calix’s annual PON sales to more than $100m, for a rank of sixth in PON...

By Ovum Research, 06 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: China, Europe, Fiber Optic, Infrastructure.

OnLive and the sad lesson of online’s (near) demise

I remember back in 2002-2003 looking at all those online TV concepts and (as a potential customer) finding it amazing to have so much choice and access to niche content that mainstream media would never offer.

In France there was a company called Canal Web which offered really amazing stuff. They folded in 2003: the quality of content delivery over the broadband that was available at the time...

By Benoît FELTEN, 04 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cloud, Fiber Optic.

Ofcom gives Everything Everywhere green light to launch UK 4G

For nine months the UK telecoms industry held its breath as it awaited Ofcom’s decision on whether to allow Everything Everywhere to launch 4G services using its existing holding of spectrum.

Then on August 21, 2012 Ofcom granted that liberalisation. The decision has been seen as firmly pro-consumer, but it has angered rival operators. While it is not a perfect outcome, it does mean that the UK moves a step closer to finally getting 4G, which could arrive as soon as September this year.

Ofcom’s...

By Ovum Research, 22 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Europe, Fiber Optic, LTE, Operators.

Google Fiber: not as revolutionary as we thought?

 Yesterday was the big day that Google announced its Kansas City Google Fiber launch. I wasn’t available for the live broadcast, but from what I’ve had the time to read the announcement is rather underwhelming. I will however reserve full judgment until I’ve had time to look into it more thoroughly.

There are three aspects where Google was expected to strongly disrupt things: services, costs and...

By Benoît FELTEN, 27 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Fiber Optic, Google.

Is Google Glass the prototype killer app for Fiber?

The one thing I probably get asked the most about the Fiber Revolution is “what is the killer app for Fiber?

I dislike the question: I think the frame of mind that leads one to asking the question is potentially dangerous.

If Edison had asked himself what the killer app was for electricity, the obvious answer would have been light. I could have led him to...

By Benoît FELTEN, 05 July 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Fiber Optic, Google.

Will China Mobile offer fiber-to-the-home?

Within a year, people in China could apply for fiber-to-the-home service from China Mobile.

No, this is not a typo. Reports say the largest wireless operator is within arm’s reach to receive a broadband license and is quietly gearing up construction of optical transport networks and access networks.

In late 2011, speculation began to circulate that the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) was reassessing the notion of “full-service” operator as a means to break through the...

By Dr Lin Sun, 02 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, China, Fiber Optic, Industry.

Beware of broadband monopoly, small TELCOs warn

Alternative TELCOs have called on the European Commission to lower wholesale charges and have warned that unless the “copper gravy train” is put to an end, broadband services will revert to the monopolies of before.

Under what they called “discriminatory conduct” from the bigger firms, the European Competitive Telecommunication Association (ECTA) asserted that the larger providers are ripping smaller TELCOs off for their legacy copper infrastructure.

According to ECTA, this in turn is...

By James Bourne, 22 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Europe, Fiber Optic.

UK broadband targets face £1bn shortfall

A report from the London School of Economics predicts that the UK government’s plans for universal access to fast broadband will face a £1.1bn ($1.8bn) shortfall unless private investors step in.The report states that the likely cost of meeting the targets (which stipulate 100 per cent access to fast broadband and 90 per cent access to superfast broadband by 2015) will come to £2.4bn, but funding from all public sources will come to £1.3bn.“The government target of 100 per cent coverage by basic...

By Connected Numbers, 10 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic, Networks, Wireless.

Beijing Correspondent: China's journey into the broadband elite

By Beijing Correspondent Dr Lin Sun

In early 2011, China Telecom (CTC), the largest fixed-line operator, launched “Broadband Country-Op-Net Cities.” The goal was a ten-fold increase in download speed to 20Mbps in most urban households and 100Mbps for most businesses by 2015.

The plan is quite bold given the reality that most access today is DSL at about 1-2Mbps and many old buildings are not pre-wired for FTTH...

By Dr Lin Sun, 07 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, China, Consumers, Fiber Optic.

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.