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September 28, 2011
FTTH, Virgin Media Business Ltd. and Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) stalk the corridors of telecom power in today's EMEA selection.
FTTH (fiber-to-the-home) is gathering momentum in Europe, according to new figures from the FTTH Council Europe announced at the ongoing Broadband World Forum in Paris. In the first half of 2011, the region enjoyed a 24 percent rise in FTTH subscribers. At the end of June 2011, there were 4.6 million FTTH subscribers in Europe (which includes EU member states and various other countries) and 5.6 million subscribers in Russia and CIS countries. Total homes passed reached 39.8 million. Lithuania tops the European FTTH ranking with 26.6 percent of households subscribing to FTTH, followed by Norway, Sweden, Slovenia and Russia. (See Europe's Back in Love With FTTH and Brakes Stuck on Europe's FTTH Ride.)
Virgin Media Business is beginning its foray into the cloud computing market with the launch of the Virtual Private Data Centre (VPDC), which, says the company, allows IT managers do deploy their own private data center in "just a few clicks." (See Virgin Makes Cloud Foray and Virgin's Business Broadband Broadside.)
Handset giant Nokia has dropped U.K. operator Telefónica UK Ltd. (which trades under the O2 brand) from its list of stockists for its first range of devices powered by the Windows Phone operating system, reports Mobile News. Apparently the operator would not agree to some of the terms and conditions laid down by Nokia. (See Nokia Shells Out for Windows Phone Development and Nokia Cuts 4,000 Jobs, Sheds Symbian.)
Topping the "but then he would say that" category this morning comes news that Picochip CTO Doug Pulley has claimed that those in charge of London need to install 70,000 small cells across the city if they are to have "genuinely world-class" LTE mobile broadband, including 2,000 nodes covering the underground train network by 2015. A bit of air-conditioning on the Tube first would be nice. (See picoChip: London LTE Needs 70K Small Cells.)
More Londinium news: Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) has signed a seven-year lease on a building close to the English capital's so-called Silicon Roundabout with a view to using it as an advice center and testing ground for startups and developers, reports Reuters.
Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading
Paul is based on the Isle of Wight, a rocky outcrop off the English coast that is home only to a colony of technology journalists and several thousand puffins.
He has worked as a writer and copy editor since the age of William Caxton, covering the design industry, D-list celebs, tourism and much, much more.
During the noughties Paul took time out from his page proofs and marker pens to run a small hotel with his other half in the wilds of Exmoor. There he developed a range of skills including carrying cooked breakfasts, lying to unwanted guests and stopping leaks with old towels.
Now back, slightly befuddled, in the world of online journalism, Paul is thoroughly engaged with the modern world, regularly firing up his VHS video recorder and accidentally sending text messages to strangers using a chipped Nokia feature phone.
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