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Infonetics: transceiver vendors look to datacom for growth

The datacom optics market was up a healthy 21 per cent in 2014, while telecom optics spending has fallen by 7 per cent year over year. That’s the finding of the latest biannual report into the optical transceiver market from IHS Infonetics (now a pair of reports – one focused on datacom, the other on telecom).

FTTH Council Europe renews call for action

Europe needs to take stronger action to encourage fibre to the home (FTTH) deployment, says the new president of the FTTH Council Europe.

Edgar Aker, currently director of marketing and business development strategy for the Prysmian Group (a role he retains while leading the FTTH Council Europe), was elected at the Council’s general assembly in Amsterdam on 22 and 23 April. He is the seventh person to hold this position since the organisation was founded in 2004, replacing outgoing president Karin Ahl.

Italy hopes to invigorate broadband with €6B investment

The Italian government has approved a plan to bring the country’s high-speed broadband access into line with European Union targets - with the promise of €6 billion in public funds to upgrade infrastructure.

"We are creating a plan to give our country the digital infrastructure, the digital highways like any other European country," said Italian Minister of Economic Development, Federica Guidi.

Gigabit trend fuels record broadband equipment sales

Worldwide spending on broadband aggregation equipment increased by 9 per cent in 2014 to reach $8.2 billion - driven by sales of GPON equipment, particularly in China - according to the latest report from Infonetics Research, now part of market research firm IHS.

The global broadband aggregation equipment market, including DSL, PON and Ethernet FTTH, finished 2014 on a strong note, with fourth quarter 2014 revenue growing 7 per cent sequentially to $2.2 billion, the analyst firm says.

Infonetics names optical hardware winners and losers

Despite the fact that 2014 was a diffcult year for optical systems vendors in general, with the global optical hardware market down one per cent overall, Ciena, Infinera and ZTE still managed to post impressive revenue gains, according to the latest report from Infonetics Research, now part of IHS.

Infinera, which Infonetics calls ‘the fastest-growing optical company in the West’ (North America and EMEA combined), was the big success story for 2014, with 23 per cent revenue growth from the previous year.

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.

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