Aberdeen is set to become Scotland's first gigabit-speed fibre broadband city following an extended partnership between Vodafone and CityFibre to introduce a gigabit-capable full fibre broadband network under the two companies’ fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) programme. CityFibre will invest at least £40 million of private funds in the city-wide roll-out, after which nearly every home and business will be able to access to gigabit-speed broadband.
The FTTH Council Europe has released the findings of its new study – carried out by WIK – on the socio-economic benefits of fibre, which explores whether fibre-based connectivity is transforming and enhancing the way we live, do business and interact.
Ronan Kelly, president of the FTTH Council Europe presented Open Fiber and Matthew Hare, chief executive of Gigaclear with FTTH Awards for their outstanding contributions to the acceleration of FTTH in Europe at the FTTH 2018 conference in Valencia.
TalkTalk is in discussions with Infracapital with a view to rolling out full fibre across the UK.
The company announced within its Q3 results that it has agreed to create an independent company, representing 80 per cent Infracapital and 20 per cent TalkTalk, to provide fibre to more than three million homes and businesses across mid-sized towns and cities in the UK.
With a potential equity investment of up to £500 million, TalkTalk is to be a founding wholesale customer for the new company.
Dublin City University spin-out Pilot Photonics has received an investment of almost €1 million from The Bank of Ireland Kernel Capital Funds in syndication with Dublin Business Innovation Centre (BIC).
Kernal Captial Funds is the largest source of equity funding for tech companies in Ireland; the investment is an endorsement of the start-up’s strategy as well as a means to expand the team and expand internationally.
Philippines cable operator, SKY Cable is using end-to-end systems from Calix to drive its expansive network transformation to fibre.
The plan is to transform its existing, traditional cable network into an ‘always-on’ software defined network, serving the greater metropolitan areas of Manila and Rizal, as well as Cavite and Laguna. The operator will also deploy AXOS DPx, and Calix WiFi enabled GigaHubs at subscribers’ homes and businesses. The new network will be built end-to-end on Calix AXOS.
Huawei Group’s chairwoman, Madam Sun Yafang has met with UK prime minister, Theresa May to reaffirm the company’s long-term commitment to the UK, with the announcement that it will procure new deals totalling £3 billion over the next five years, helping UK businesses to increase exports to China.
Voneus has been granted powers by the UK's communications regulator, Ofcom under the Electronics Communications Code (the Code) to help it accelerate the rollout of superfast broadband services to hard-to-reach UK rural communities.
Broadcom has made what it says is its 'best and final' bid to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Qualcomm Incorporated. The deal would see Qualcomm stockholders receive an aggregate of $82.00 per each Qualcomm share, consisting of $60.00 in cash and the remainder in Broadcom shares.
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