European Broadband Awards showcase best practice

The European Commission has recognised five of the best broadband projects in Europe in the inaugural European Broadband Awards. The winning projects are from Germany, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden.

Launched in July 2015, the award’s aim is to identify the best projects, one in each of five categories, that will help Europe to meet its Digital Agenda broadband targets of 30Mb/s for everyone and 100Mb/s available to 50 per cent of the population by 2020.

Telefonica begins copper decommissioning programme

This November, Telefónica will close down the first two central offices as its programme to decommission its copper access network gets underway in earnest, according to an update from Spain’s telecoms regulator, Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC).

This is just the first step in a much larger programme. Telefónica has announced plans to close 36 further central offices, including seven in the province of Madrid, four each in Zaragoza and Valladolid, and three in Barcelona. To put that into perspective, Telefónica has some 6,500 central offices across Spain.

FTTH Council Europe director general departs

The FTTH Council Europe has announced that its director general Hartwig Tauber has decided to step down from his position, effective 30 November.

After more than ten years’ service to the organisation, Tauber says he is moving on for personal reasons. The Board of Directors of the FTTH Council Europe will assess its next move over the coming weeks.

LightCounting: Web 2.0 spending will offset service provider capex decline

An increase in spending by Web 2.0 companies will help to counteract the decline in service provider capital expenditure, according to market research firm LightCounting in its “August 2015 Market Forecast and Database”.

The 15 web content companies in LightCounting’s Internet Index collectively spent $19 billion on servers, network equipment, and other property and equipment in the first six months of 2015 – up 16 per cent from the same period last year.

Europe enjoys optical spending revival, reports IHS

Global sales of optical network hardware grew 22 per cent in the second quarter of 2015 (2Q15) compared to the previous quarter, but was essentially flat compared to a year ago, according to the latest report from market research firm IHS.

Preliminary results from IHS Infonetics Optical Network Hardware report indicate that Europe is the only major world region to post positive year-over-year growth in 2Q15, with spending up eight per cent.

Sharks don't dine on subsea fibre-optic cables, says ICPC

Sharks are not the nemesis of the Internet, says the International Cable Protection Committee (ICPC), which has released an analysis of the main causes of submarine cable breaks.

Essentially, sharks and other fish were responsible for less than one per cent of all cable faults up to 2006. Since then, no such cable faults have been recorded, the organisation says.

Orange reaches record 38.4T transmission in the C-band

WDM 2015, NICE, FRANCE – French operator Orange has reported a successful field trial transporting 38.4Tbps over 762km (472 miles) on its installed network, from Lyon to Marseille and back again. This is the highest aggregate capacity ever reported for optical transmission in the C-band, the operator says.

The trial was carried out as part of the project SASER (Safe and Secure European Routing), part of the CELTIC-Plus European research initiative, and under the subproject SIEGFRIED.


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