Also in today's regional roundup: Dimension Data plans acquisitions; Huber+Suhner feels currency pain in H1; Liquid Telecom and MTN hook up in Africa; Telefónica boosts links to the Canary Islands.
If the technology proves capable, Openreach plans to deploy G.fast, which boosts transmission speeds to hundreds of megabits per second over copper lines running up to a few hundred meters, across the UK in the coming years and expects it to enable broadband speeds of up to 500 Mbit/s to most of the UK within a decade. For more details, including some not very subtle messages to UK regulator Ofcom about the link between network investment and the status of Openreach, see this press release.
BT, along with other operators such as Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM), is urging the vendor community to boost the capabilities of G.fast so that it can be deployed in existing street cabinets that already house vectoring technology: Achieving that would make G.fast a much more affordable and relevant technology to incumbent national operators that want to delay investments in fiber-to-the-premises.
G.fast is just one of the high-speed technology options that will be examined and discussed at the upcoming Gigabit Europe 2015 event on Sept. 29-30 in Munich. (See Gigabit Europe: Where Beer & Broadband Come Together, Ofcom Does Not Rule Out BT Carve-Up, BT, Allied Telesis Foresee Broadband Future, A Guide to G.fast and Eurobites: Swisscom Claims G.fast First.)
Strategic acquisitions are a stated part of Dimension Data's growth strategy: The company, a wholly owned subsidiary of NTT, says it is currently generating annual revenues of US$8 billion and is aiming to achieve annual revenues of US$12 billion by 2018, double its 2014 run rate. (See Dimension Data Unveils 'Buy to Grow' Strategy and DiData Deal Spells Bad News for SIs.)
As a result of the impact of the strong Swiss franc, the company recently announced some cost-cutting measures that will result in the relocation of some functions to Poland and a number of job losses in Switzerland.
— Ray Le Maistre, , Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading