Analysis & opinion

14 November 2013

By Karin Ahl, President of the FTTH Council Europe

When it comes to innovation, Sweden punches above its weight. Sweden was ranked as the most innovative country in Europe in September 2013, using a new benchmark created by the European Commission. The “indicator of innovation output” measures the extent to which innovative ideas from several key industry segments – such as the environment, energy, ICT, health, and high-technology industries – are able to reach the market.

07 November 2013

Poor internet connection speeds are disadvantaging companies in the entrepreneurial heart of Britain, according to a European politician.

James Elles, the Conservative MEP for the South-East has described how European leaders met in Brussels to discuss a key initiative of the European Commission – the Digital Agenda for Europe.

11 October 2013

Tom Wilkie reflects on some of the themes that emerged at ECOC

Datacentres, testing, and how to pay for next-generation transmission networks were among the themes that dominated the 39th European Conference and Exhibition on Optical Communication (ECOC), held at in London UK at the end of September.

02 October 2013

Criticism of the UK Government's rural broadband programme lacks understanding, according to a telecommunications expert.

In light of the recent and less-than-enthusiastic Public Accounts Committee report on rural broadband, Matthew Howett, principal analyst for telecoms regulation at Ovum, explains how it raises valid concerns but also shows a lack of understanding of some of the basics.

12 September 2013

The European Commission has missed an opportunity to have a better-focused fibre policy in its Digital Single Market proposal by continuing to ignore the key issues, according to the FTTH Council Europe.

The council says there is too little FTTH investment, and that the proposal fails to set out a vision of how the industry can accelerate investments for the benefit of the broader economy.

12 June 2013

Claims that European countries cannot afford the roll-out of fibre to the home (FTTH) networks may not stand up to close scrutiny, according to the director general of the FTTH Council Europe.

Hartwig Tauber said that, despite seemingly 'insurmountable' obstacles of shareholder demands, increasing competitive pressure and the economic downturn, there is plenty of money available to invest in such a project.