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UK to review advertising of 'fibre' broadband services

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is examining the use of the word “fibre” in advertising.

The advertising watchdog said it had “evolving concerns” about the advertising of “fibre” broadband services. Currently the term “fibre” is used in to describe services carried over both part-fibre and full-fibre connections.

Compact DCI market nearly tripled in 2016, says IHS Markit

The worldwide market for optical data centre interconnect (DCI) equipment was on fire in 2016 as service providers, internet content providers (ICPs) and enterprises invested to interconnect their expanding and proliferating data centre sites. Globally, optical data centre interconnect (DCI) hardware revenues grew by 49 per cent in 2016 to reach $1.9 billion.

IHS expects that, with continuing data centre growth, the worldwide optical DCI market will hit $4.5 billion in 2021, a five-year compound annual growth rate of 18 per cent.

LightCounting: demand for optics will remain strong in 2017

Optical analyst firm LightCounting has soothing words for optical investors: don’t panic, optical component and module sales in 2017 will be just fine.

Though several suppliers of components and modules guided for lower revenues in the first quarter of 2017, raising concerns of a potential market downturn, LightCounting says its analysis suggests that these concerns are not justified.

LightCounting: 100GbE optics sales exceeded $1B in 2016

Total sales of 100 Gigabit Ethernet optical transceivers reached $1.15 billion in 2016, an increase of 150 per cent compared to $460 million in 2015, according to the latest data from market research firm LightCounting.

Shipments were constrained in the earlier part of the year as demand for 100 Gigabit Ethernet optics outstripped supply and vendors were struggling to add capacity.

Board-level optical interconnects worth $5.6B by 2022 says CIR report

An entirely new class of standards-compliant optical boards will provide massive backplane capacity for routers and switches compared to the conventional electrical backplanes and motherboards of today, with the market for such “board-level” optical interconnects growing from $696 million in 2017 to reach $5.6 billion by 2022.

That’s the conclusion of the latest report from industry analyst firm CIR titled, “Opportunities in Board-Level Optical Interconnects: Optics-Enabled Circuit Boards, Optical Engines and Optical Backplanes”.

Full speed ahead for FTTH as subscribers pass 44 million

FTTH CONFERENCE 2017, MARSEILLE – The number of fibre to the home (FTTH) and fibre to the building (FTTB) subscribers in Europe increased by 23 per cent over the first nine months of 2016, reaching nearly 44.3 million, according to the latest update to the FTTH rankings unveiled today by the FTTH Council Europe and its research partner Idate.

No hockey-stick chart for silicon photonics, says LightCounting

Revenues from silicon photonics-based optical transceivers doubled in 2016 compared to the previous year, to exceed $600 million. This doesn’t indicate a sudden market disruption, however; on the contrary, silicon photonics market share is expected to ramp gradually with sales of such products reaching $2 billion by 2022.

That’s the conclusion from analyst firm LightCounting, whose report ‘Integrated Optical Devices: Is Silicon Photonics a Disruptive Technology?’ examines the prospects for silicon photonics and forecasts the market growth over the next five years.

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.

Canada creates fund for 50Mb/s universal broadband

Canada’s telecom regulator has declared that broadband internet access must be considered a basic telecommunications service for all Canadians, and has established a CAN$750 million (€533 million) fund to extend coverage in rural and remote areas.

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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