NBN Co., the public-private company building out Australia's National Broadband Network, said that it has met its revised end-of-year target of 190,000 to 220,000 homes passed by its fiber to the home rollout. However, a key wholesale customer is threatening to abandon the NBN over its prices.
While the number of subscribers to cable, satellite, and telco pay-TV services continues to plummet in North America, emerging countries like Brazil, Russia, India and China (aka the BRIC countries) are boosting global revenues, an Infonetics Research report says.
Fibertech Networks, a competitive fiber-centric provider serving businesses in the eastern and central United States, has added over 850 miles of fiber to its network in Connecticut, giving it over 3,500 of its own fiber route miles in the state. The provider's service reach has sparked some speculation as to whether it is an acquisition target as the market consolidates.
Telecom Italia has expanded its fiber network, which provides download speeds of 30 Mbps, to 30 cities across the country. This is the first major expansion of the telco's fiber network since it launched last year in Rome, Turin and Naples.
Bell Aliant is extending its FibreOP service into more residential homes and businesses in Nova Scotia and Ontario as part of an aggressive multimillion-dollar network expansion effort.
Cincinnati Bell is taking careful steps in building its Fioptics network, its president and CEO said, setting a modest goal of 15 percent penetration within six months of building into a new neighborhood.
Bob Currey, CEO of Consolidated Communications, said that when Google Fiber begins to enter the parts of Kansas City where it operates they will be ready to compete.
AT&T is seeing some early success with its fiber deployments. Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson told investors at a J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference today that the company is seeing good uptake of its fiber to the building deployments from the small and medium-size business market.
StarHub is doing things a little bit backwards in Malaysia, where it is marketing its StarHub TV on Fibre service to commercial customers such as restaurants, pubs, hotels and hospitals first with plans to eventually offer the service to residential customers.
Broadband proponents hail Google Fiber's buildouts in Kansas City, Austin and Provo as a smart, fast way to get 1 Gbps service into more areas of the United States. But the Internet search giant's potential dominance of the broadband network space may endanger the ideal of open access for other providers.