FTC and Swift County to Expand Broadband Networks

Swift County and Federated Telephone Cooperative (FTC) have received 4.95 million US dollars, which is the highest award in this year’s latest round of funding for expansion of broadband services in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced that Federated and Swift County had been awarded $4.95 million. The project will deliver high-speed Internet service to…

Anacom Reports Growth of Fiber Broadband in Portugal

Anacom has published the progress report of telecom market in Portugal. The report says that the number of Portuguese households with fiber optic coverage has reached 3.96 million in the third quarter. The National Communications Authority (Anacom) is the telecommunication regulatory authority in Portugal. Fiber optic broadband deployment has been showing continuous growth in the country. The current growth corresponds…

TRAI Invites Comments on BharatNet Deployment

India’s telecommunication watchdog TRAI, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has issued a consultation paper on rolling out the national optical fibre network (NOFN), which has been renamed ‘BharatNet’. TRAI had issued guidelines on roll out of BharatNet on April 2015. Though the watchdog had recommended measures to roll out the network for building broadband highways for ushering in Digital India,…

Neglecting Fiber is Risking Global Competitiveness

Country’s global competitiveness would be at risk if Germany continues to delay fiber optic deployments and keep promoting old copper networks, says Vodafone CEO Hannes Ametsreiter. He told the German Government should prioritize optical fiber based technology for its 5G networks. Not only Germany, but any country delaying deployment of fiber optic networks is delaying its development and growth. Such…

Telefonica Thinks to Halt Network Investments

Unhappy with CNMC’s recommendation that the fiber optic networks in Spain should be shared among service providers irrespective of its owner, Telefonica is now considering to stop further investments. Decision by Telefonica would have major implications in telecommunication sectors in Spain. CNMC intends to accelerate broadband deployment throughout the country by pushing its strategy that the main operator in any…

Peru Plans Expansion of Fiber Optic Networks

By investing PEN 64 mln in Puno, Peru is making plans to expand fiber optic networks in the country. Peru’s transport and communications ministry (MTC) revealed their plans to invest PEN 64 million, which comes around 19 million US dollars. The expansion of the network will be done in 13 provinces in the southeastern Puno region. The national fiber optic backbone…

Rostelecom Deploys Fiber to Kurgan

Russia’s national telecommunication service provider Rostelecom has deployed fiber optic networks in Kurgan region. Rostelecom’s subscribers in the region can access to the high speed telecommunication services. Rostelecom has announced that the coverage of its fiber optic network has reached to around 156,000 households in the Kurgan region. This amounts to half of the households in the region. Network coverage…

Luxembourg Shows Saturation in Broadband Coverage

The telecommunication regulator in Luxembourg, ILR says the country had achieved nearly 100 percent coverage of broadband services at speed of 30 Mbps and above by the end of June this year. The regulator disclosed the most recent statistics revealing the facts about availability of broadband services in the country. According to the authority, approximately 270,000 premises were eligible for…