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NZ govt rejects Vodafone’s NBN offer

7 Mar

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UFB deployment to continue.

Benoit Felten‘s insight:

Sneaky but clever move from Vodafone. Good that the government held it’s ground: implementing structural separation to then let a vertically integrated player provide wholesale would have been a catastrophic move. 

See on www.itnews.com.au

Why Super-Fast Internet Is Coming Super Slowly

26 Feb

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In The Wall Street Journal, Andy Kessler writes that the FCC could change this overnight by focusing on what’s best for the economy, not just for those it regulates.

Benoit Felten‘s insight:

The underlying current of "it’s the cities’ fault" in this piece is one more reason every city in America (and many outside of America) should seriously ask themselves if taking their broadband future in their own hands isn’t the better option…

See on online.wsj.com

Consumer Study Teaser Summary

26 Feb

During the days preceeding the Sotckholm FTTH Council Annual Conference, we published a good number of tweets teasing some of the results of the first FTTH Consumer Survey. This study was undertaken in december with a panel of 400 users, 3/4 of which were FTTH/B users.

The full results were presented in Stockholm, and will be presented during a free-to-attend webinar sometime in April, but meanwhile I thought it might be interesting for those who haven’t read all the teasers to have them all in one place:

  • In Sweden a huge majority FTTH users (75%) think their broadband is better than before they had fiber.
  • 67% of Swedish broadband users think broadband over fiber is ‘Very Good’, but only 13% think the same of DSL.
  • Swedish FTTH subscribers use video-communication over the Internet five times as much (25%) as DSL users.
  • In Sweden the average FTTH user spends 5.3 hrs online at home, 6.7 hrs for <35 yrs old. DSL only 4.1 hrs.
  • In Sweden 59% of FTTH users see FTTH as modern. Only 17% of DSL users see DSL as modern.
  • In Sweden, 34% of FTTH users are 4Play or 3Play customers vs. only 23% for DSL users.
  • In Sweden 59% of FTTH users think fiber broadband is sustainable. Only 44% of DSL users think the same of DSL.
  • In Sweden, 59% of DSL users find their broadband price excessive vs. only 32% for FTTH users.
  • For FTTH users in Sweden, quality of broadband is the 1st criterion after home price when choosing a new home.
  • Close to half of Swedish FTTH users (45%) are Very Satisfied with their broadband vs. only 28% of DSL users.

FTTH Takes Online Gaming to the Next Level | Optical Reflection

25 Feb

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Benoit Felten‘s insight:

The next step is to convince policy makers that there is value in the gaming market. It’s bizarre how "entertainment" is a great market when it comes to touting your export achievements, but not so much when it comes to justifying investment in infrastructure…

See on opticalreflection.com

Google Reportedly Moving Towards Delivering 10Gbps Download Speeds With Google Fiber | Droid Life

14 Feb

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Benoit Felten‘s insight:

There are two ways to read this. One is to dismiss it entirely as yet more vaporware (lord knows there’s been a fair amount of that around Google Fiber). The other is to conclude that Google deployed P2P (unlikely) or is looking into WDM-PON (more likely). Either way, does it really change the name of the game ?

See on www.droid-life.com

ETB Launches FTTH With ZTE | Light Reading

11 Feb

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ZTE helps ETB launch FTTH broadband network in Colombia.

Benoit Felten‘s insight:

ZTE seems to be cruising nicely in Latin America. It’s about the only market apart from China where I truly see their successes, but in that market at least they have some significant wins starting with Uruguay’s Antel.

See on www.lightreading.com

Dean Bubley’s Disruptive Wireless: “Sender-pays” is a ridiculous 19th-Century idea misapplied to the Internet

5 Feb

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Benoit Felten‘s insight:

I was going to write about this, but Dean’s write is so concise, and probably better written than I would have, so you might as well read his. In a nutshell, AT&T’s sponsored data, whether you oppose it on principle or not, is doomed to fail.

See on disruptivewireless.blogspot.fr

James Enck presentation at NMHH conference Budapest, Dec. 2013

7 Jan

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A few thoughts on the role of third party entreprenuerial capital in bridging the FTTx investment gap. Video of the presentation can be found here. http://eurot

Benoit Felten‘s insight:

Great presentation from James Enck on what’s missing to kick the FTTH market into high gear.

See on fr.slideshare.net

Algeria Telecom gets Serious about FTTH

30 Sep


Last year Algeria Telecom announced that they were launching a small-scale FTTH pilot program in one of the suburbs of Algiers. The main stated reason was responding to a willingness by local governments of eliminating satellite dishes that ruin the view. That may sound odd to people who live in countries where most of the habitat is single homes, but having been to Algiers a couple of times in the early 2000s I believe it’s not quite as anecdotal as it sounds.

Having said that, I believe that AT uses this as an argument to get municipal backing, but the real driver is for them to sell IPTV and eat into the revenue flows of the satellite distributors. The pilot was considered successful, and Algeria Telecom announced a couple of weeks back (link in French) that they were deploying a slightly larger operation in Medea with 2000 homes connected. More importantly, Algeria Telecom announced that their FTTH footprint would expand to 250.000 homes by the end of 2011.

Again, in comparison with large-scale deployments in North America or Asia, this may seem very small indeed, but it’s worth remembering that there are only 3.2 million active wireline phone lines in Algeria (World Factbook, 2008), so what we are really talking about here is the upgrade of close to 1/10th of the wireline network.

It’s worth keeping in mind that while there isn’t significant competition on the wireline side in Algeria, competition in wireless is fierce, and Algeria Telecom is not the dominant player in that market. According to the article above, AT is starting to see copper disconnects, so delivering more through the wireline is also a way of staying afloat in their historical market.

Exciting to see a growing number of emerging countries seriously moving in the fiber direction.

Introducing the Fiberevolution mailing list

17 Jun

This is something I've been meaning to do for months, if not years, but always pushed back. I love blogging and it's brought me a lot (as I hope it has to my readers), but one thing that has becoming increasingly evident to me is that people do not comment easily, and so while I'm happy with the medium to broadcast my thoughts, it hasn't really proved to be the right way to interact.

This mailing list in invitation only, but you can (of course) send me an email to be invited. It's open to anyone who has an interest in matters related to NGA and FTTP. It will operate under the following rules:

  • the purpose of the list is to discuss and apply collective brainpower to the topic of wireline Next Generation Access, including but not necessarily limited to FTTP.
  • other telecom related topics may be discussed if they are adjacent to our core topic, but don't be surprised to see list admins ask for topic shutdowns if things get too far off track.
  • much as I want this to be convivial and friendly, it's been my experience that mailing lists can die from too many jokes and personal messages. I'll let everyone exert their good judgement as to when not to post, but please try to stay on topic.
  • certain topics will not be tolerated on the list. For now, these include politics and religion (assuming there are ways that these could be on topic). The list may be extended in the future.
  • aggressive behaviours, baiting, insults (blatant or otherwise), racism and other manifestations of intolerance will not be accepted on the list. I will be harsh if and when these crop up.
  • many of the members will be representatives of service providers or vendors, but despite that the list will not be a medium for commercial activities. Members who indulge in hard-selling (onlist of offlist to list members) will be banned.

So remember, all you have to do to join is to send me an email. You'll find a link to do that at the top right corner of this page, under my photo. Hope to see you there!