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KKR boosts European fibre footprint with T-Mobile deal

Investment group KKR has agreed to plough cash into another European fibre initiative, this time partnering up with T-Mobile in the Netherlands, in a roundabout sort of a way. KKR and Deutsche Telekom-backed investment management platform DTCP announced the launch of Open Dutch Fiber an independent wholesale fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network operator…or at least it will be when it has rolled out its infrastructure. T-Mobile...

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Macquarie takes control of Voneus as UK full fibre push finally begins

UK alternative broadband provider Voneus is finally connecting its first customers to full fibre thanks to financial backing from Australia’s Macquarie Capital, now its majority owner. It is more than 18 months since Voneus, then solely a fixed wireless access (FWA) provider named Macquarie as a new investor. Macquarie said it would invest up to £30 million in Voneus over an unspecified period of time, starting with an initial £10...

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Europe needs to spend €300 billion more on 5G and fibre – ETNO

Europe needs an additional investment of €300 billion to complete the rollout of 5G networks and Gigabit-capable fixed infrastructure, according to new data. Advanced connectivity will help Europe create new jobs as part part of its recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, according to new analysis carried out by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and published by the European Telecommunications Network Operators Association (ETNO). That’s...

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Europe needs to spend €300 billion more on 5G and fibre – ETNO

Europe needs an additional investment of €300 billion to complete the rollout of 5G networks and Gigabit-capable fixed infrastructure, according to new data. Advanced connectivity will help Europe create new jobs as part part of its recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, according to new analysis carried out by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and published by the European Telecommunications Network Operators Association (ETNO). That’s...

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UK government nearly ready to deliver £5bn gigabit broadband funding

A year after it first pledged to plough £5 billion into gigabit-capable broadband for hard-to-reach areas, the UK government has formally kicked off the initiative, now known as Project Gigabit. While it has shared a certain amount of information on the areas set to benefit from the first phase of funding, we are still lacking some key details, like how much of that much-vaunted £5 billion figure the government is actually spending...

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UK fibre builders get a break from Ofcom

Ofcom will not cap the wholesale prices fibre network operators can charge customer for access to the fastest available services on their networks. The announcement will be music to the ears of those building out fibre networks in the UK, for whom the threat of regulatory intervention on pricing was casting a shadow over their plans. None more so than incumbent operator BT, whose Openreach business remains the biggest fibre builder in...

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Vocus agrees to A$4.6 billion acquisition by Macquarie and Aware Super

It looks like Aussie fibreco Vocus will finally be bought by a couple of investment funds, following its board’s approval of the latest offer. Yesterday we told you about a bid from Macquarie to buy Vocus that was the best of several it has received over recent years. It turns out that was good enough to convince the Vocus board, which has unanimously decided to recommend approve the offer in the absence of anything better on the...

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Telefónica wins fibre deals with itself in Germany and Brazil

Telefónica has been mucking about with its fibre businesses in a bid to stay in the market in a more cost-effective way. It’s is ready and raring to go when it comes to fibre rollout in Germany, so much so that this week it excitedly shared the news that the first customer on its Unsere Grüne Glasfaser (UGG) wholesale network will be…well, itself. That’s not exactly surprising information, but nonetheless, it seems Telefónica...

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Telefónica wins fibre deals with itself in Germany and Brazil

Telefónica has been mucking about with its fibre businesses in a bid to stay in the market in a more cost-effective way. It’s is ready and raring to go when it comes to fibre rollout in Germany, so much so that this week it excitedly shared the news that the first customer on its Unsere Grüne Glasfaser (UGG) wholesale network will be…well, itself. That’s not exactly surprising information, but nonetheless, it seems Telefónica...

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MásMóvil’s claim to be Spain’s biggest fibre operator is misleading

MásMóvil is making a lot of noise about being Spain’s largest fibre operator, claiming it has the broadest FTTH footprint of all four players. That statement is not incorrect, but it really depends how you choose to interpret the figures: the MásMóvil way, or in a slightly different way that gives a truer picture of the market. MásMóvil’s claim is based on the fact that its FTTH services are available to more than 26 million...