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Euro FTTH Update

9:00 AM -- With so much noise about Mobile World Congress 2010 in Barcelona, it would be easy to forget that the annual gathering of Europe's fiber access community is also just a few weeks away. (See the Light Reading Mobile World Congress Show Site.)

The FTTH Council Europe 's annual event, the FTTH Conference, is being held this year in Lisbon, Portugal, on February 24 and 25.

Among the main attractions at the Lisbon event are two presentations by key analysts from Heavy Reading and Pyramid Research (both part of the Light Reading Communications Network).

On the opening day, Heavy Reading's chief analyst Graham Finnie will present an up-to-date forecast for the FTTH market in Europe (let's hope the outlook is more favorable this year). (See FTTH Europe: Slow Growth Forecast.)

And on the second day of the event, Pyramid's Ozgur Aytar will unveil the findings of a study (commissioned by the FTTH Council Europe) of worldwide service provider FTTH/B broadband access pricing strategies.

The location of the event is apt: Portugal is a hotbed of FTTH action, with three network operators -- Portugal Telecom SGPS SA (NYSE: PT), Sonaecom , and cable firm ZON Multimédia -- engaged in significant rollouts, and Vodafone Portugal also getting in on the action. (See Carriers Form FTTH JV, ZON Preps 1G Broadband Offer, AlcaLu's GPON Goes Portuguese, PT Uses Huawei for FTTH, Portugal 'Gets' FTTH, and Sonaecom Plans $350M FTTH Build.)

According to data from the FTTH Council Europe, the number of Portuguese homes passed by fiber increased to 1.15 million at the end of 2009, up from just 200,000 a year earlier, while the number of FTTH subscribers reached 41,500, up from 14,500 at the end of 2008.

EuroBlog will be in Lisbon, looking for a speedy WiFi link, toe-curlingly strong coffee, and hot gossip. Please come and say Olá if you're in possession of any of those three key resources.

— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

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