& cplSiteName &

Euronews: Swisscom Unveils 1Gig Plan

Paul Rainford

Also in today's EMEA roundup: Vivendi considers shedding SFR; Vodafone hacked in Germany; Virgin Media deploys Ciena's packet-optical gear.

  • Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) is promising that by the end of the year all its 700,000 customers with FTTH access will be able to take advantage of 1Gbit/s broadband speeds. This month, the operator is conducting a pilot of the super-fast service with around 100 subscribers. The move is part of the carrier's aim to provide superfast broadband to more than 2.3 million households and businesses, including those outside main towns and cities, by 2015. (See Swisscom Preps 1G Broadband and Swisscom Picks Huawei for Fiber Expansion.)

  • Will Vivendi bail out of telecom? That's looking increasingly likely, according to a Bloomberg report, which says that the French conglomerate will begin a "formal study" into the viability of separating out its SFR telecom unit. Vincent Bollore, who is to become deputy chairman of Vivendi, told Les Echos newspaper that there were "no synergies between telecoms and content, and that was dragging down Vivendi." Funnily enough, Euronews said the same thing back in February… And, as it happens, SFR is one of the names on the increasingly long list of potential Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) acquisition targets. (See Euronews: Vodafone in M&A Rumor Frenzy and Euronews: SFR Drags Vivendi Down.)

  • Vodafone Germany has suffered a hack attack, and been relieved of the personal data of 2 million of its customers, reports Reuters. In a statement, Vodafone said -- not altogether reassuringly -- that it is "hardly possible to use the data to get directly access [sic] to the bank accounts of those affected."

  • UK cable operator Virgin Media Business Ltd. is deploying Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN)'s converged packet-optical gear to provide datacenter interconnect services to Redstation, a British cloud services provider. Redstation is expected to introduce its high-capacity network in its two Hampshire datacenters before the end of the year. (See Virgin Media Business Deploys Ciena's Packet-Optical Gear.)

  • The head of Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF)'s Spanish division has been hinting that better times might be around the corner, reports Reuters. "We aren't on the path to growth yet but we are close to reversing the trend in clients and revenues," said Luis Miguel Gilperez. Telefónica has been having a particularly torrid time on its home soil, with straitened economic times leading many to seek out cheaper telecom deals with smaller rivals. (See Euronews: Telco Pain Continues in Spain.)

  • BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) is mounting a legal challenge in the European courts to a fiber rollout in the northern English city of York, according to the company that laid the network. But, in a response to CityFibre 's claims in this Computing report, BT dismissed the allegations as "utter nonsense."

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

    (4)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    9/12/2013 | 9:26:53 AM
    Re: Pain in Spain
    What are the recovery signs in Spain, Ray? They aren't apparent on this side of the ocean, especially given the unemployment statistics that Paul cites.
    User Rank: Blogger
    9/12/2013 | 7:59:43 AM
    Re: Pain in Spain
    Thankfully thre are some signs of a recovery in Spain and, once people have jobs and more disposable  income, they'll be able to hook up to a selection of 4G services, should they so wish. I was just in Spain and there are some very enticing deals to be had, esp if you take fixed and mobile broadband from the same provider. 
    User Rank: Blogger
    9/12/2013 | 7:57:16 AM
    BT vs CityFibre - Goliath ahoy....
    My takeaway from the news that BT is challenging a fiber network rollout by a company not called BT is that the incumbent  must be a bit woried about what CityFibre is up to from a competitive standpoint...

    This really is a David vs Goliath fight.
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    9/12/2013 | 7:31:27 AM
    Pain in Spain
    Is it any wonder that Spaniards don't want to spend any more on their phones than they absolutely have to? Since the construction bubble burst in 2007, the overall unemployment rate has soared to nearly 27 percent, while the rate among the under-25s is a staggering 56 percent. Telefonica faces an uphill climb, as do those looking for a job.
    Light Reading’s Upskill U is a FREE, interactive, online educational resource that delivers must-have education on themes that relate to the overall business transformation taking place in the communications industry.
    Wednesday, October 26, 1:00PM EDT
    Security: Tackling DDoS
    Gary Sockrider, Principal Security Technologist, Arbor Networks
    Friday, October 28, 1:00PM EDT
    Security: The Plusses and Minuses of Open Source Software
    Nick Feamster, Acting Director, Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University
    Wednesday, November 16, 1:00PM EST
    SDN 101
    John Isch, Practice Director, Network & Voice, Orange Business Services
    Friday, November 18, 1:00PM EST
    SDN & Open Source
    Christopher W. Rice, Senior Vice President of AT&T Labs, Domain 2.0 Architecture and Design
    in association with:
    From The Founder
    Light Reading today starts a new voyage as part of a larger Enterprise.
    Flash Poll
    Live Streaming Video
    Charting the CSP's Future
    Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Next-Generation Technology Beyond DOCSIS 3.1

    10|20|16   |     |   (0) comments

    At SCTE 2016, Huawei's Liu Jianhua speaks with Alan Breznick for an exclusive interview.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Hybrid Video Solutions to Change TV, Change Future

    10|20|16   |     |   (0) comments

    At SCTE 2016, Huawei's Ian Locke speaks with Alan Breznick for an exclusive interview.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Huawei Future-Oriented Giga Coax Network

    10|20|16   |     |   (0) comments

    At SCTE 2016, Huawei's Allen Wang speaks with Alan Breznick for an exclusive interview.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Huawei at SCTE 2016

    10|20|16   |     |   (0) comments

    Join Alan Breznick of Light Reading and take a sneak peek at the Huawei booth at SCTE 2016.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Assuring Network Quality in a Rapidly Changing Environment

    10|20|16   |     |   (0) comments

    As the rate of change and complexity increases in agile networks, the importance of introducing DevOps methodologies for integrating active test and assurance solutions throughout the full service lifecycle becomes critical to ensure that customers are experiencing the service quality they demand. The industry landscape is changing, and software-based test and ...
    Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
    A10 Networks on Service Providers' Industry Needs

    10|20|16   |     |   (0) comments

    Light Reading's Steve Saunders hears how A10 enables service providers to accelerate, secure and optimize their application delivery to drive down costs, enhance service availability, and better respond to customer requirements, so they can improve customer satisfaction, monetize their network, and grow revenues.
    LRTV Custom TV
    New NFV Use Cases for Cable TV

    10|19|16   |     |   (0) comments

    A large number of NFV use cases are focused on the enterprise domain, looking at virtualization of customer-premises equipment (CPE). To date, there has been little focus on the use cases and business case for virtualization of the video content delivery networks required to deliver unicast and streaming video to consumers. Amdocs commissioned Analysys Mason to ...
    Women in Comms Introduction Videos
    Meet the Future Workforce: New Faces, Expectations & Motivations

    10|19|16   |   5:33   |   (1) comment

    Millennials and their younger peers, Gen Z, expect more out of their network and more out of their work. Intel's Lynn Comp shares how the industry can prepare for this new generation of workers.
    LRTV Custom TV
    ZTE Global Services User Congress 2016 Highlights

    10|19|16   |     |   (0) comments

    ZTE held its 2nd Global Service User Conference in Dusseldorf on October 13-14. Representatives from network operators, leading industry analysts and ZTE senior expertsattended the event, exploring the best practice in managed services and the vision to transform network operations into the operations center of the future (OpCF) in the software-defined networking ...
    LRTV Custom TV
    Cliff Grossner on Cloud & Network Synergy From Carrier Service

    10|18|16   |     |   (0) comments

    Local carriers offer the collaborated cloud and network service that benefits from their understanding of the regulations operating in different vertical markets.
In this interview, Cliff Grossner from IHS Technology talks about how this advanced service can support business agility and flexibility.
    LRTV Custom TV
    VeEX: Live from SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2016

    10|17|16   |     |   (0) comments

    Cyrille Morelle, VeEX's President and CEO, talks with Light Reading's Alan Breznick live from the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2016. They discuss DOCSIS 3.1 technology, deployments and early lessons learned. New products on display include the CX350s-D3.1, CX380s-D3.1, CX310, AT2500-3G, FX150 OTDR and MTT WiFI Air Expert.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Smith Micro's Carrier-Grade WiFi Component

    10|17|16   |     |   (0) comments

    Join Carol Wilson of Light Reading as she interviews the CTO of Smith Micro, Dave Sperling.
    Upcoming Live Events
    November 3, 2016, The Montcalm Marble Arch, London
    November 30, 2016, The Westin Times Square, New York City
    December 1, 2016, The Westin Times Square, New York, NY
    December 6-8, 2016, The Westin Excelsior, Rome
    May 16-17, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
    All Upcoming Live Events
    Hot Topics
    Verizon Wants More Data on Yahoo Breach
    Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading, 10/20/2016
    US Issues Total Flight Ban on Samsung Note 7
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 10/15/2016
    Oh Snap! Qualcomm Unveils X50, Its First 5G Modem
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 10/17/2016
    Telecom Italia Plots Digital 'Overlay,' Not Transformation
    Iain Morris, News Editor, 10/17/2016
    Rogers Says See Ya to CEO Laurence
    Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 10/17/2016
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed
    BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
    Join us for an in-depth interview between Steve Saunders of Light Reading and Alexis Black Bjorlin of Intel as they discuss the release of the company's Silicon Photonics platform, its performance, long-term prospects, customer expectations and much more.
    There's no question that, come 2020, 5G technology will turn the world's conception of what mobile networking is on its head. Within the world of 5G development, Dr. ...
    Animals with Phones
    Live Digital Audio

    A vital part of increasing the number of women in comms is transforming the ways companies can support and empower women. While progressive company policies that support both men and women in achieving work-life balance are a step in the right direction, creating a company culture that supports those policies can at times be more challenging.

    During this show, we'll talk to Lynn Comp, Senior Director of Industry and Sales Enabling (ISE) in the Network Platforms Group at Intel, about why those challenges exist and how companies can overcome them. She'll provide insight into how Intel has worked to create a culture that supports work-life balance, and provide steps and guidance for other companies wishing to do the same. We will also leave plenty of time to get your questions answered live on the air.