Euronews: BT Speeds Up FTTX Rollout

Britain's BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), Ireland's eir and, er, Qatar's Qatar Telecom QSC (Qtel) bubble up to the surface in today's simmering stockpot of EMEA telecom news chunks.

  • BT is claiming its fiber rollout program is now a year ahead of schedule, promising that two-thirds of U.K. premises will have access to fiber broadband (mostly fiber-to-the-curb) by the end of 2014. It is also recruiting another 520 engineers, most of them former armed forces personnel, to help with the deployment. (See BT Boasts Fiber Progress, BT Ramps Up Its FTTX Speeds, Brakes Stuck on Europe's FTTH Ride and BT Preps 'Landmark' FTTC Investment.)

  • Rumors are rife that Denis O'Brien, the Irish billionaire owner of Jamaica-based Digicel Group , is in talks about the possible acquisition of eircom, the struggling Irish incumbent, reports the Irish Independent. Lenders to eircom have grown increasingly frustrated at the operator's failure to address its high debt levels. (See Lenders to Lean on Eircom.)

  • The European Commission has reached an agreement with EU member states that requires them to approve the use of the 800MHz frequency for mobile broadband by January 2013, as well as carry out an inventory of spectrum use across Europe. But with Europe already lagging behind in the Long Term Evolution (LTE) stakes, is it all a bit late? (See Steely Neelie Cracks Spectrum Whip .)

  • Qatar Telecom posted a year-on-year 13 percent drop in third-quarter net profits to 567 million riyals (US$155.7 million), this despite revenues rising 16.5 percent over the same period. Qatar Telecom has extensive interests throughout the Middle East and -- through PT Indosat Tbk -- in Indonesia.

  • OSS vendor Tribold officially opens its new R&D center today, creating 45 new jobs in the unemployment blackspot of Cwmbran, south Wales, reports the BBC. (See Tribold to Open UK R&D Center.)

  • Russian network operator TransTeleCom Co. CJSC (TTK) has chosen Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR)'s MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers to help it cope with increased bandwidth traffic needed for videoconferencing and other data-hoggers. (See TTK Deploys Juniper Routers.)

  • Potential embarrassment looms for the organizers of the London Olympics, reports the Daily Telegraph, because, as things stand, posh folk in the corporate areas will have to use mobiles connected to Telefónica UK Ltd. 's O2 network or just shout very loudly if they are to communicate with the outside world.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • Anne Morris 12/5/2012 | 4:50:15 PM
    re: Euronews: BT Speeds Up FTTX Rollout

    Hurrah - a story about BT being early instead of late! Does this make up for all the previous delays?

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