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Ovum: Global FTTP subscriptions overtake DSL

Globally, 2016 represented a tipping point for broadband access, according to market research firm Ovum. Over the year, the number of fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) subscriptions surpassed DSL for the first time, growing from 297 million to 382 million.

Ovum includes all flavours of DSL in its count (including fibre to the node and cabinet), which ended the year with 298 million subscriptions, down from 326 million at the start of the year.

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European Commission and EIB launch €500M broadband fund

The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have announced a new fund aiming to encourage investment in broadband infrastructure across remote and rural areas of Europe.

The Connecting Europe Broadband Fund should be worth at least €500 million through a combination of public and private investment. The European Commission’s contribution is €100 million through the Connecting Europe Facility.

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Telecom capex languishes in ‘flatland’ finds IHS Markit

Following a slow-down in 2015, worldwide service provider capital expenditure (capex) will be flat to slightly up in 2016, according to the latest report from market research firm IHS Markit.

There is low-digit growth in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and the Caribbean and Latin America (CALA), which is offset by a China-driven decline in the Asia-Pacific region.

These regional differences signify a new chapter in telecom economics, says Stéphane Téral, senior research director, mobile infrastructure and carrier economics, IHS Markit.

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LightCounting: new high for component vendor revenues

The combined revenues of the leading optical component vendors broke the $1.4 billion mark for the first time in the second quarter of 2016, an increase of 27 per cent compared to the year-ago quarter, according to the latest market report from analyst firm LightCounting.

Nine of the fourteen vendors tracked by LightCounting reported record revenues. Finisar, for example, last week reported a new company record for quarterly sales of $341.3 million, an increase of $22.5 million or 7.1% over the prior quarter, and its non-GAAP gross margins improved significantly to 33.1 per cent.

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IHS Markit: 75 per cent of carriers will deploy SDN in 2016

In a recent survey of carriers, three-quarters of respondents say they have already deployed or will deploy software-defined networking (SDN) in 2016, according to a research note from Michael Howard, senior research director carrier networks, IHS Markit.

Survey respondents say the top drivers for service provider SDN investments and deployments are simplification and automation of network and service provisioning, as well as service automation

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Limit internet expansion to save energy, say scientists

The world should consider limits to the growth of data traffic carried over the internet to prevent run-away energy consumption and help limit carbon emissions, argue scientists from Lancaster University in the UK.

In their position paper, the researchers point out that the growth of remote digital sensors and devices that are connected to the internet – commonly known as the Internet of Things – has the potential to bring unprecedented and, in principle, almost unlimited rises in energy consumed by smart technologies.

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Broadband Forum brings NFV into the home

Industry group Broadband Forum has released specifications for the ‘virtual residential gateway’, concluding work on what it describes as a landmark project to bring the potential of virtualization into the home.

Document TR-317 Network Enhanced Residential Gateway describes an end-to-end architecture that allows some of the functions that normally reside in the customer premises equipment to be moved to the operator’s data centre.

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Cost and compatibility can make a compelling case for pushing 100Gb/s bandwidth over a single optical channel, both as individual links and supporting 400Gb/s Ethernet, finds Andy Extance

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Robin Mersh takes a look at how the industry is creating next-generation optical access fit for 5G

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Technological advances to aid the increasing demand for bandwidth, on the path towards the terabit network, should lead to optical signals that are flexible and adaptive, like water, argues Dr Maxim Kuschnerov and Dr Yin Wang