& cplSiteName &

Euronews: Swisscom Unveils 1Gig Plan

Paul Rainford
9/12/2013
50%
50%

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
    mendyk
    50%
    50%
    mendyk,
    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.
    Ray@LR
    50%
    50%
    Ray@LR,
    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. 
    Ray@LR
    50%
    50%
    Ray@LR,
    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.
    PaulERainford
    50%
    50%
    PaulERainford,
    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.
    From The Founder
    Cisco's Conrad Clemson, recently promoted to head up the company's Service Provider Apps & Platforms developments, talks to Light Reading's Founder and CEO Steve Saunders about how he's bringing cloud video, mobile and virtualization together to empower network operators.
    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 Interviews
    Heavy Reading: The Web-Scale View

    1|18|17   |     |   (0) comments


    At Light Reading's 2020 Vision Executive Summit in Rome, Heavy Reading's former chief analyst Patrick Donegan shared insight from the recent web-scale operators report, which featured research on how web-scale operators view the market, the best web-scale companies to ...
    LRTV Custom TV
    Cisco's Cloud Scale Networking: Automation, Virtualization & Simplification

    1|18|17   |     |   (0) comments


    Cisco's Sanjeev Mervana outlines the latest innovations in networking technology at CES 2017 in Las Vegas.
    LRTV Custom TV
    ADVA Talks Innovation & the Future of Networking

    1|17|17   |     |   (0) comments


    Ray Le Maistre and Christoph Glingener, CTO of ADVA Optical Networking, discuss the current state of the industry, cooperation and collaboration, open innovation and the future of networking.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Cisco's Infinite Video Platform

    1|17|17   |     |   (0) comments


    Cisco's Infinite Video Platform allows service providers to deliver broadcast-quality video over IP networks. Infinite video supports many devices, from 4K TVs to tablets to game consoles. Join Cisco's Rajeev Raman for a brief tour and live demo.
    LRTV Interviews
    Masergy: Ability to Adapt Key for NFV

    1|16|17   |   6:40   |   (0) comments


    Speaking at Light Reading's 2020 Vision in Rome, Masergy's VP, Global Technology, Ray Watson, said agility is key to providing the mix and match NFV-based services that are driving business for the managed service provider today.
    LRTV Interviews
    Equinix: The Data Explosion

    1|13|17   |   4:16   |   (0) comments


    At Light Reading's 2020 Vision in Rome, Eric Schwartz, president of EMEA, Equinix, talked about how Equinix is helping its customers manage the influx of data today, and how it's preparing for a future filled with millions of connected IoT devices.
    LRTV Interviews
    Heavy Reading: The Changing Data Center Landscape

    1|12|17   |   6:05   |   (1) comment


    At Light Reading's 2020 Vision event in Rome, Heavy Reading's Senior Analyst Roz Roseboro talks about how virtualization is impacting data center evolution and how that evolution is affecting the relationship between service providers, data center operators and public cloud providers.
    LRTV Interviews
    Boingo: Prepping for Millions of Devices

    1|12|17   |   5:07   |   (1) comment


    At Light Reading's 2020 Vision in Rome, Boingo's CTO Derek Peterson discusses how wireless operators will address the needs of low-bandwidth and high-bandwidth apps at the same time, the need for more MHz, the impact of IoT and more.
    LRTV Interviews
    Comcast Shows Off Gig Gateway at CES

    1|11|17   |     |   (1) comment


    With its largest presence at CES in years, Comcast took the wraps off its long-awaited gigabit gateway and a new platform for managing the home WiFi network. Light Reading Senior Editor Mari Silbey sat down with EVP Chris Satchell to discuss the latest Comcast advance, and met with VP of Product Strategy and Development Andrea Peiro to walk through a demo of the ...
    LRTV Interviews
    Colt: End-to-End Key for 2017

    1|10|17   |   6:21   |   (0) comments


    At Light Reading's 2020 Vision Executive Summit in Rome, Nico Fischbach of Colt said having a multi-carrier, end-to-end service proposition is going to be key for 2017 -- and SD-WAN is instrumental in making it happen.
    From the Founder
    Cisco's Clemson on Mobile Cloud Video

    1|9|17   |     |   (1) comment


    Cisco's Conrad Clemson, recently promoted to head up the company's Service Provider Apps & Platforms developments, talks to Light Reading's Founder and CEO Steve Saunders about how he's bringing cloud video, mobile and virtualization together to empower network operators. "If you think about where we're going… whether it's a mobile application, or a video ...
    LRTV Custom TV
    VMware Telco NFV Solutions – Preparing for 5G & IOT

    1|9|17   |     |   (0) comments


    Shekar Ayyar, EVP & Corporate Strategy/General Manager of Telco for VMware, discusses VMware's Telco NFV solutions role and foundation for the Imminent Arrival of 5G & IOT.
    Upcoming Live Events
    March 21-22, 2017, The Curtis Hotel, Denver, CO
    May 15-17, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
    All Upcoming Live Events
    Infographics
    Hot Topics
    A Women in Comms Glossary
    Sarah Thomas, Director, Women in Comms, 1/18/2017
    Is Cable One Beefing Up for Slaughter?
    Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading, 1/20/2017
    Nokia CTO: 2017 Is the Year 5G Gets in the Field
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 1/19/2017
    TV's Paradox: No HDR Without 4K
    Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 1/17/2017
    Cable Has One Thing Verizon Needs
    Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 1/17/2017
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed
    BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
    Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders chats with Sportlogiq CEO Craig Buntin about sports data analysis.
    Eyal Waldman, CEO of Mellanox Technologies, speaks to Steve Saunders, CEO of Light Reading, for an exclusive interview about the 100 GB cable challenge, cybersecurity and much more.
    Animals with Phones
    Live Digital Audio

    Playing it safe can only get you so far. Sometimes the biggest bets have the biggest payouts, and that is true in your career as well. For this radio show, Caroline Chan, general manager of the 5G Infrastructure Division of the Network Platform Group at Intel, will share her own personal story of how she successfully took big bets to build a successful career, as well as offer advice on how you can do the same. We’ll cover everything from how to overcome fear and manage risk, how to be prepared for where technology is going in the future and how to structure your career in a way to ensure you keep progressing. Chan, a seasoned telecom veteran and effective risk taker herself, will also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air.