I try not to do too many of these "bunch of news" posts, but the fact of the matter is I have very little time this week, and there are a few things I'd like to point you to, so I guess this will have to do for now:
- Stefano writes an interesting (if somewhat disheartening) post on the recent regulatory landscape shifts in Italy. Looks like Telecom Italia has maneuvered its way into a very favourable position that bodes well neither for competition nor for FTTx…
- Tim posts about a municipal FTTH project in Brisbane that seems set to go forward despite (or maybe because of) the current NBN plans.
- Following last week's exchanges of sweet words on last meter mutualisation, Orange and Free's feud has amplified instead of subsided despite direct intervention by Secretary of State Eric Besson. Indeed, at the meeting that was supposed to get everyone to agree to a common plan, Orange, SFR and Numéricable signed a new deal much in continuity with the previous Orange/SFR deal.
- On an unrelated topic, just like BT in the UK, Orange has lost it's court case in France to forbid Numéricable advertising its services as "fiber".
- You will have noticed my silence on Swisscom's big announcement last week. That's because I want to comment in-depth and haven't found the time yet. Hopefully you'll read on it before Friday.