The Spanish operations of Vodafone Group plc and France Télécom – Orange have joined forces to invest €1 billion (US$1.3 billion) in FTTH access networks in the southern European country. The news will come as a welcome boost to the Spanish economy, which is currently in a deep recession. The two operators will each build their own access networks in different areas to the same technical specifications: Each will then grant the other open access to their networks. Between them, the two operators plan to reach 6 million Spanish households (about 40 percent of the country's total) with FTTH connections by 2017. Commercial services are expected to start in Jan. 2014, with the duo expecting to have passed 800,000 homes by March next year. For the full details, see Vodafone, Orange Team on Spanish FTTH.
The respective owners of the chip joint venture ST-Ericsson are considering giving up their search for a buyer, according to a report on Bloomberg. Earlier this week current ST-Ericsson CEO Didier Lamouche announced he would be stepping down at the end of the month. (See Euronews: ST-Ericsson CEO Resigns.)
Ericsson has landed a five-year managed services contract with Atlantique Telecom,which is part of the Middle Eastern Etisalat Group and runs operations in western and central Africa. The contract covers network operations, field maintenance, network optimization and spare parts management. (See Ericsson Lands Services Deal in Africa.)
About 40 percent of enterprises in France, Germany, the Netherlands and the U.K. are dissatisfied with their connectivity supplier. That's the main conclusion drawn from a survey, commissioned by Ciena Corp., of 400 IT decision-makers in those four major European markets.
BT Group plc has extended its promise of fiber-based broadband to 95 percent of homes and businesses in the outlying U.K. region of Cornwall under the part state-funded Superfast Cornwall program. Initially the aim had been to reach 80 percent of premises there with fiber. (See Cornwall to Get Superfast Broadband Early.)
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading