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Fibre and cable now service 77 per cent of global subscriptions, says Point Topic

Fibre and cable technologies are now servicing 77 per cent of fixed subscriptions, the latest figures released from Point Topic have revealed.

The new report, which cites the Global Broadband Statistics – taking into account subscriptions up to the end of 2017 – found that more than 50 per cent of people in more than 40 countries, including Singapore (97 per cent), China (89 per cent), United States (87 per cent), and the UK (55 per cent), are connected via full fibre, fibre fed copper or cable.

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Alternative FTTP networks reaching nearly one million UK premises, says INCA

The Independent Networks Cooperative Association (INCA) and Point Topic have partnered to publish a new report: Metrics for the UK altnet sector Scale, coverage, ambitions, concerns. Amongst the key findings, the report reveals that nearly one million UK homes and businesses are now in reach of ultrafast full fibre connectivity via alternative network providers (altnets).

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As data demand ramps ever higher, researchers are looking to innovative amplifier designs to help transport a broader light spectrum through optical fibres, finds Andy Extance

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Duncan Ellis shares his views about the increased focus on automation from network operators, and how the physical layer has so far stubbornly resisted the move

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Switching off copper networks where fibre has been deployed is the end game, so why are so few operators doing it, wonders Pauline Rigby

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With demand for fibre to the premises increasing, Keely Portway looks at the role training plays in ensuring installation skills remain available to meet this growing demand

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