Gigabit subscribers projected to exceed 100 million by 2020

Point Topic forecasts that at least 100 million people are expected to be subscribed to gigabit labelled services by 2020 – and expects technology to underpin that growth.

The market research firm found that there are currently less than ten million subscriptions on gigabit connections but predicts that is set to change with more gigabit tariffs on the market than ever before and the cost of services dropping.

The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of subscribers to gigabit tariffs is projected to be at least 65 per cent in the five years to 2020.

Silicon photonics sales to reach $1B by 2020, says LightCounting

Although vendors have started to ship silicon photonics based products, the key question is how much impact they will have on the market. That’s the question that market analyst firm LightCounting set out to answer in its latest report, ‘Market Opportunities for Optical Integration Technologies’.

Adtran boasts more than 60 trials worldwide will be a significant and important part of service provider portfolios around the world, according to equipment vendor Adtran. The company revealed that it is engaged in trials with more than 60 operators, including BT’s large scale trials in the UK., as a viable gigabit broadband technology, is allowing carriers to deliver up to five times the broadband speed currently offered by the most progressive cable providers.

DE-CIX internet traffic peaks at record 5Tb/s

For the second time in a year, the DE-CIX has broken traffic records at its Frankfurt Internet exchange. On 8 December 2015, DE-CIX measured an active data traffic peak of 5Tb/s, having cracked the 4Tb/s barrier back in April.

European Broadband Awards showcase best practice

The European Commission has recognised five of the best broadband projects in Europe in the inaugural European Broadband Awards. The winning projects are from Germany, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden.

Launched in July 2015, the award’s aim is to identify the best projects, one in each of five categories, that will help Europe to meet its Digital Agenda broadband targets of 30Mb/s for everyone and 100Mb/s available to 50 per cent of the population by 2020.

Telefonica begins copper decommissioning programme

This November, Telefónica will close down the first two central offices as its programme to decommission its copper access network gets underway in earnest, according to an update from Spain’s telecoms regulator, Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC).

This is just the first step in a much larger programme. Telefónica has announced plans to close 36 further central offices, including seven in the province of Madrid, four each in Zaragoza and Valladolid, and three in Barcelona. To put that into perspective, Telefónica has some 6,500 central offices across Spain.

FTTH Council Europe director general departs

The FTTH Council Europe has announced that its director general Hartwig Tauber has decided to step down from his position, effective 30 November.

After more than ten years’ service to the organisation, Tauber says he is moving on for personal reasons. The Board of Directors of the FTTH Council Europe will assess its next move over the coming weeks.

LightCounting: Web 2.0 spending will offset service provider capex decline

An increase in spending by Web 2.0 companies will help to counteract the decline in service provider capital expenditure, according to market research firm LightCounting in its “August 2015 Market Forecast and Database”.

The 15 web content companies in LightCounting’s Internet Index collectively spent $19 billion on servers, network equipment, and other property and equipment in the first six months of 2015 – up 16 per cent from the same period last year.


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