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European incumbents wake up to FTTH

As competition starts to bite, the pace of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) deployment in Europe is accelerating, according to the latest figures presented at the FTTH Conference 2015 in Warsaw.

This year, the FTTH Council Europe reported 60 per cent growth in the number of FTTH/B subscribers in the European Union member states over the year ending December 2014.

The total number of FTTH/B subscribers in Europe - from Iceland in the west to Turkey in the east - has now reached nearly 15 million (14.8 million to be exact); 12.3 million of them in the EU.

Content providers will control capex growth says Ovum

The balance of power in the communications industry is shifting as Internet content providers (ICPs) such as Google, Apple and Facebook become responsible for a rapidly growing share of capital expenditure. That’s the finding of a recent report by industry analyst firm Ovum.

According to Ovum’s forecast, ICP capex grew from $23 billion in 2008 to $46 billion in 2013, and it will grow well over the $100 billion mark by 2019. ICPs are starting to spend heavily on their networks, particularly on data centres and cloud infrastructure.

Survey: Over 1000 rural broadband networks in Sweden

There are more than 1000 community broadband networks in Sweden, either under construction, completed or planning to expand, according to the Swedish Broadband Forum.

These locally-owned broadband networks in rural areas are experiencing major technical, financial and legal challenges, and the Broadband Forum is calling for a greater degree of organisation for local projects so that they can support each other.

BT puts G.fast at heart of its broadband strategy

BT is set become one of the first operators in Europe to plan the widespread deployment of G.fast, a technology that delivers faster broadband speeds over copper wires.

In a statement, BT CEO Gavin Patterson set out the company’s ambition to transform the UK broadband landscape from ‘superfast’ to ‘ultrafast’. G.fast can provide broadband speeds of up to 500Mb/s to most of the UK within a decade, he claimed.

BT will test G.fast in two pilot locations starting this summer. Deployment will start in 2016/17, assuming the pilots are successful.

Data centre interconnect lifts optical network market

The rapidly growing demand to interconnect data centres will help the optical network equipment market to grow by 3 per cent annually to reach $17 billion by 2019, according to new research from Ovum.

Revenues for data centre interconnect (DCI) equipment have already surpassed $3 billion globally on an annualised basis, with internet content and cloud providers emerging as an important new market segment with significant purchasing power.

Telecom revenue growth stalls but datacom accelerates

Global service provider capital expenditure will slow down over the next few years, as telecom revenue growth stalls and the slowdown in Europe continues.

But it’s not all bad news for vendors of optical equipment. Revenue from enterprise networking and communication has accelerated, driven by North America, and this is expected to continue into 2015.

Those are the conclusions of the latest Global Telecom and Datacom Market Trends and Drivers report from Infonetics Research, now part of IHS Inc.

Corning to acquire Samsung fibre business

Corning has announced a definitive agreement with Samsung Electronics to acquire its fibre optics business. The acquisition is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2015, subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of regulatory approvals.

Infinera appoints James Laufman as General Counsel

Infinera, a provider of Intelligent Transport Networks, has announced it has appointed James Laufman as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary as of October 20, 2014.

Mr Laufman most recently served as Vice President and General Counsel of Marvell Semiconductor, which he joined in 2008. Prior to that, Mr Laufman served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Integrated Device Technology, from 1999 to 2008.

MACOM Names Thomas Hwang Senior Vice President of Global Sales

M/A-COM Technology Solutions, ('MACOM'), a supplier of high performance analog semiconductors for RF, microwave and millimeter wave applications, has announced that Thomas Hwang has agreed to join the company as Senior Vice President of Global Sales.  Mr. Hwang spent the last 10-plus years at Hittite Microwave Corporation in a variety of positions including VP of Sales, and helped grow that company’s annual revenues from $30 million to $274 million prior to its acquisition by Analog Devices, earlier this year.

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