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FTTH Conference 2018: Europe sees 20% growth in fibre subscribers

The latest figures of the FTTH Market Panorama - prepared by IDATE for the FTTH Council Europe - were released at the FTTH 2018 conference in Valencia.

The figures demonstrate that the number of fibre to the home (FTTH) and fibre to the building (FTTB) subscribers in Europe has increased, with more than 5.1 million FTTH/B subscribers in the EU39 by the end of September 2017 – a 20.4 per cent rise on September 2016.

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Openreach fibre first to ‘fire the starting pistol’ on major infrastructure upgrade

Openreach has pledged to bring high-speed broadband to three million UK premises by the end of 2020 as part of its newly launched 'fibre first' programme.

The move follows an earlier announcement by the UK government that it has met its superfast broadband target of 95 per cent of homes by the end of 2017 (see UK government delivers superfast broadband target, still more to be done).

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LightCounting: machine learning will boost optical interconnect markets

The market for active optical cables (AOC) and embedded optical modules (EOM) is set to experience unprecedented growth, according to the latest report from specialist market research and consulting company, LightCounting.

Now in its tenth edition, the study has forecast a likely rise of 33 per cent in unit shipments by 2021, in comparison with the company’s research a year ago. In spite of this, however, the revenue forecast for 2021 has only risen very slightly as prices erode.

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Openreach charts a path to FTTP in Britain

Openreach, the access network division of BT Group, said there is broad industry support for the wider roll out of fibre to the premises (FTTP) in the UK, and that it should be part of a major ‘copper switchover’ across the UK – which would see old telephone cables retired.

Deciding how to recover the costs of such a major investment will be critical, with Openreach suggesting that increased wholesale charges could be used to share costs across all end users, not just those who opt for higher speeds on the new platform.

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Wayleave reforms could boost UK digital deployment

Revised rules should make it easier and cheaper for telecom operators to install their communication infrastructure on private land, which in turn could speed up the roll out of mobile and broadband networks across the UK.

The government hopes these new regulations will help it reach its coverage and connectivity targets: 90 per cent mobile coverage across the UK and 95 per cent of all homes and businesses able to get superfast broadband.

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Quarter of WDM bandwidth will be 400G coherent by 2020 says Cignal AI

Coherent 400G technology will start to ramp this year and account for almost one quarter of all deployed optical transport capacity in 2020. That’s the conclusion of a new report from networking component and equipment market research firm, Cignal AI.

The ‘Optical Applications Report’ report also represents the industry’s first comprehensive analysis measuring the anticipated growth of coherent 400G WDM, according to Andrew Schmitt, lead analyst for Cignal AI.

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