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 600 households, 425 businesses and 75 community institutions in the county. The project benefits 13 of the county’s 21 townships concentrated on area just east of the Benson city limits….

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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, it did not take off due to lack of consensus on the mode of implementation. An expert committee of the department of telecommunications (DoT) also submitted its report to the…

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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 countries are at risk of losing their competitiveness. The coming years will prove their decision to stick with copper networks was wrong. Vodafone CEO Hannes Ametsreiter wrote in an editorial…

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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 region should share its network to the rivals. The idea of “Sharing of networks” will be an encouragement for smaller players and new entrants as they do not need to…

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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 was raised by 6,500 households from January to September of 2015. The operator said 3,000 households were covered in the city of Kurgan and 1,450 in the town of Shadrinsk….

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