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15 February 2018

The latest figures of the FTTH Market Panorama - prepared by IDATE for the FTTH Council Europe - were released at the FTTH 2018 conference in Valencia today.

The figures demonstrate that the number of fibre to the home (FTTH) and fibre to the building (FTTB) subscribers in Europe has increased, with more than 5.1 million FTTH/B subscribers in the EU39 by the end of September 2017 – a 20.4 per cent rise on September 2016.

15 February 2018

ADVA Optical Networking has announced that Telehouse America, a global leader for data centres and international internet exchanges, is using the vendor’s data centre interconnect (DCI) platform to boost capacity between its New York service locations and New York colocation facilities. The equipment was turned on last month, the vendor says.

14 February 2018

Ronan Kelly, president of the FTTH Council Europe presented Open Fiber and Matthew Hare, chief executive of Gigaclear with FTTH Awards for their outstanding contributions to the acceleration of FTTH in Europe at the FTTH 2018 conference in Valencia.

14 February 2018

Hyperoptic has carried out a trial of fast home broadband - touching 10Gb/s - at East Village, the site of the London 2012 Athletes’ Village. The company was able to demonstrate speeds it says are some 276 times faster than the average speed a UK consumer receives today, to a UK home, using an existing service provider network, rather than a new, dedicated line.

13 February 2018

TalkTalk is in discussions with Infracapital with a view to rolling out full fibre across the UK.

The company announced within its Q3 results that it has agreed to create an independent company, representing 80 per cent Infracapital and 20 per cent TalkTalk, to provide fibre to more than three million homes and businesses across mid-sized towns and cities in the UK.

With a potential equity investment of up to £500 million, TalkTalk is to be a founding wholesale customer for the new company.

12 February 2018

Dublin City University spin-out Pilot Photonics has received an investment of almost €1 million from The Bank of Ireland Kernel Capital Funds in syndication with Dublin Business Innovation Centre (BIC).

Kernal Captial Funds is the largest source of equity funding for tech companies in Ireland; the investment is an endorsement of the start-up’s strategy as well as a means to expand the team and expand internationally.

08 February 2018

Philippines cable operator, SKY Cable is using end-to-end systems from Calix to drive its expansive network transformation to fibre.

The plan is to transform its existing, traditional cable network into an ‘always-on’ software defined network, serving the greater metropolitan areas of Manila and Rizal, as well as Cavite and Laguna. The operator will also deploy AXOS DPx, and Calix WiFi enabled GigaHubs at subscribers’ homes and businesses. The new network will be built end-to-end on Calix AXOS.

08 February 2018

Nokia and Qualcomm have successfully completed standard-compliant key interoperability tests in the 3.5GHz and 28GHz spectrum, using the Nokia AirScale base station and device prototypes from Qualcomm Technologies.

Following these recent tests, and the agreement in September last year that they would collaborate on 5G new radio (NR), the businesses say that widescale 5G deployments could take place in 2019. This will be timely for commercial network launches in the United States, China, Japan, Korea and Europe.

07 February 2018

Huawei Group’s chairwoman, Madam Sun Yafang has met with UK prime minister, Theresa May to reaffirm the company’s long-term commitment to the UK, with the announcement that it will procure new deals totalling £3 billion over the next five years, helping UK businesses to increase exports to China.

06 February 2018

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has chosen Corning’s optical solutions for the expansion of its national network for high-speed connectivity and fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) applications.

The agreement builds on the existing relationship between the two parties, which has seen more than 1.5 million kilometres of optical fibre supplied across the provider’s network. The companies are additionally collaborating to develop a program of advanced technical training to STC fibre engineers and technicians.

06 February 2018

Voneus has been granted powers by the UK's communications regulator, Ofcom under the Electronics Communications Code (the Code) to help it accelerate the rollout of superfast broadband services to hard-to-reach UK rural communities. 

05 February 2018

Jisc is deploying Ciena’s 6,500 packet-optical platform powered by WaveLogic Ai coherent optics to provide unprecedented high-capacity 400G wavelength connectivity for the Janet Network. 

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Since its inception in 2004, the FTTH conference and exhibition has been held annually, with each event taking place in a different European city. This year the event will be held in Valencia, Spain from 13 to 15 February 2018.