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Telefónica to shut down a copper switchboard a day until 2020

Telefónica Spain has developed a new scheme allowing it to transform its network by shutting down a copper switchboard a day until 2020. The Faro Project is designed to enable the shutdown of 653 copper switchboards by 2020, 253 of which will occur this year, 200 in 2019, and 200 more in 2020.

The company says that, under the project framework, it will be able to make savings when it comes to energy and space, citing the space occupation of fibre at 15 per cent in comparison to copper and potential energy savings of up to 60 per cent.

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Telefonica pioneers plastic optical fibre for home networks

Spanish incumbent Telefónica has successfully completed what it describes as a ‘pioneering’ project using plastic optical fibre (POF) in a home network that guarantees gigabit speeds to the customer.

Telefónica has not confirmed a commercial launch date, but online reports suggest the technology could be rolled out to consumers next year.

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Spanish banking group BBVA advances communications network with Telefonica

MADRID, SPAIN – BBVA today signed a global strategic agreement with Telefónica that will allow the bank to optimize its communications, increase the capacity of its technological network and facilitate operations in the “cloud.”

The accord, by which Telefónica becomes a priority partner of BBVA, adds to the series of alliances that the Group is making with strategic partners, in order to become a more flexible and scalable digital bank. BBVA CEO Carlos Torres Vila and Ángel Vilá Boix, COO of Telefónica, signed the agreement in Madrid.

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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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