Vodafone Italia will bring its fiber to the home service to 27 cities in the country, offering eligible users up to 30/3 Mbps speeds. To entice subscribers, the service provider is offering the fiber-based broadband service for the same price as its existing ADSL service for six months.
Mike Quigley, NBN Co.'s CEO, is retiring from the company after leading the team that is building out and operating Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN). Quigley will continue to serve as CEO until the company's board finds a suitable replacement.
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.
An executive with Brazil-based operator TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil) said the carrier expects to deploy a total 40,000 km of fiber-optic networks in the country by the end of 2013, and reach 50,000 km within the next two years, TeleGeography reports.
Telefonica has crafted an agreement with two of its main competitors--Vodafone and Orange--to share vertical fiber network infrastructure in buildings they serve throughout Spain.
TDS Telecom has taken a page from Google Fiber's "Fiberhood" concept by rolling out its "Fiberville" pre-registration campaign in Concord and parts of Knoxville, Tenn., where it plans to offer 100 Mbps fiber to the home and TDS TV services.
TDS Telecom, the wireline subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., is offering its fiber to the home broadband customers in Halls and La Vergne, Tenn., and Monticello, Minn., a new 100 Mbps speed option.
Gigabit Squared, an economic development organization focused on bringing IT-enabled infrastructure to communities, has revealed the pricing plans for the fiber to the home network services in Seattle it will launch in 2014.
Hot on the heels of its approach to Kabel Deutschland, Vodafone is also eyeing a possible acquisition of Italian broadband provider Fastweb as part of its quad-play push, according to a Bloomberg report, although both Vodafone and Fastweb parent Swisscom declined to comment on the report.
France continues to make headway with fiber to the home, adding 50,000 subscribers in Q1 2013, according to its telecom regulator ARCEP--up almost 70 percent over the same period in 2012.