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Acquisition debate for Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom at ANGA COM summit

The second day of this year’s ANGA COM conference and exhibition in Cologne saw the Broadband and Media Summit prompt lively debate amongst panellists, particularly regarding the recently announced Vodafone Deutschland-Unitymedia acquisition. Keely Portway reports

Moderator, Claus Strunz mediated between participants Dr. Manuel Cubero, CCO, Vodafone; Lutz Schüler CEO, Unitymedia; Conrad Albert, deputy CEO and group general council, ProSiebenSat.1 Media; Carsten Schmidt CEO, Sky Deutschland; and Dr. Dirk Wössner, member of the board of management for Germany Deutsche Telekom.

Telefónica to shut down a copper switchboard a day until 2020

Telefónica Spain has developed a new scheme allowing it to transform its network by shutting down a copper switchboard a day until 2020. The Faro Project is designed to enable the shutdown of 653 copper switchboards by 2020, 253 of which will occur this year, 200 in 2019, and 200 more in 2020.

The company says that, under the project framework, it will be able to make savings when it comes to energy and space, citing the space occupation of fibre at 15 per cent in comparison to copper and potential energy savings of up to 60 per cent.

CityFibre to proceed with judicial review over ASA ‘fibre’ decision

The High Court has granted CityFibre permission to proceed with its judicial review of the UK Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) decision on how the term ‘fibre’ is used in broadband advertising. The ASA now has 35 days to prepare a counter case, and the full judicial review is expected to be heard later this summer.

DustPhotonics 100Gb/s QSFP28-SR4 optical transceivers now available for volume orders

New starter, DustPhotonics has announced the volume availability of its QSFP28-SR4 optical transceivers

The company was formally founded in March of this year with the aim of addressing the rising demand for greater bandwidth at lower cost in cloud, datacenters, HPC and enterprise networks.  With headquarters in Modi'in, Israel, and offices in Cupertino, California, DustPhotonics is led by chief executive officer Ben Rubovitch, chief technology officer Kobi Hasharoni, and vice president of engineering Amir Geron.

EU agrees European Electronic Communications Code update

The European Parliament and Council have reached a political agreement to update the European Electronic Communications Code. The proposed new version proposed is designed to boost investments in high capacity networks across the EU, including in remote and rural areas.

MLL Telecom teams up with CityFibre to bring FibreConnect gigabit boost to Sterling

MLL Telecom has partnered with CityFibre to offer businesses in Stirling a gigabit boost, providing next-generation internet services over a new, purpose built full fibre network.

The new commercial sector offering from MLL Telecom – FibreConnect – is being rolled out to give local businesses the chance to benefit from dedicated full fibre broadband capable of gigabit speeds. CityFibre, has already installed 24km of network, which connects most of Stirling city’s public sector estate including schools, libraries and community venues.

Fibre and cable now service 77 per cent of global subscriptions, says Point Topic

Fibre and cable technologies are now servicing 77 per cent of fixed subscriptions, the latest figures released from Point Topic have revealed.

The new report, which cites the Global Broadband Statistics – taking into account subscriptions up to the end of 2017 – found that more than 50 per cent of people in more than 40 countries, including Singapore (97 per cent), China (89 per cent), United States (87 per cent), and the UK (55 per cent), are connected via full fibre, fibre fed copper or cable.

Dell'Oro Group: 142 per cent revenue rise for WDM systems ‘the start of a good thing’

The market for disaggregated WDM systems is growing, according to a recent report by market information firm, Dell'Oro Group.

The Optical Transport Quarterly Report covers manufacturers' revenue, average selling prices, unit shipments (by speed including 40Gb/s, 100Gb/s, 200 Gb/s, and 400 Gb/s).  It tracks DWDM long haul terrestrial, WDM metro, multiservice multiplexers (SONET/SDH), optical switch, optical packet platforms, and data centre interconnect (metro and long haul). 

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