For well over a decade, the OptiNet China Conference is where telecom professionals can explore ongoing advances in optical networking that are helping to solve real world capacity and transport challenges brought on by a huge growth in data communications. This year is no exception.
UK fixed-line incumbent BT has unveiled plans to spend another £50 million ($82.6 million) on extending fiber broadband services to homes and businesses over the next three years.
In a statement, the operator said the extra investment would benefit more than 30 cities in the UK and more than 400,000 additional premises.
It will mainly focus on equipping city cabinets that were not part of BT’s (London, UK) original plans, deploying fiber to cabinets that serve apartment blocks and laying additional fiber to new build sites in cities.
Sweden’s TeliaSonera has announced several acquisitions aimed at boosting its presence in the country’s high-speed broadband market.
In a statement, the operator said it had spent a total of SEK473 million ($72 million) on controlling stakes in fiber players Zitius, Quadracom Networks and Riksnet.
UK operator BT has announced that Liv Garfield, the chief executive of its Openreach division, will step down in Spring 2014 to join water company Severn Trent.
Garfield has been responsible for overseeing a £2.5 billion ($4 billion) commercial rollout of fiber broadband services by Openreach, BT’s (London, UK) local access network business.
BT also says she played a “pivotal role” in developing the business case for that fiber deployment in her previous role as Group Strategy Director.
New Zealand’s Chorus has withdrawn its full-year dividend guidance, blaming the ongoing regulatory uncertainty over wholesale pricing for its move.
The company – which rents capacity on its broadband network to retail service providers, including Telecom New Zealand (Auckland, New Zealand) – had previously issued dividend guidance of NZD0.25 per share, but its financial plans have recently been thrown into disarray by regulatory proposals to lower the price of it services.
France’s Numericable is reported to have announced plans for an initial public offering valuing the cable company at some €5.57 billion ($7.69 billion).
According to a report from Dow Jones Newswires, the operator plans to raise around €652.5 million in new capital, including €250 million from a capital increase.
Meanwhile, private-equity owners Carlyle and Cinven are looking to sell another €402.2 million as part of the offering, which would give Numericable (Paris, France) an enterprise value of between €5.06 billion and €5.57 billion, including €2.75 billion in debt.
French telecoms incumbent Orange has reported a slump in earnings and revenues for the three months ending September, with regulation and competition weighing heavily on the operator in its economically challenged European heartlands.
The operator witnessed a 4% drop in revenues, to €10.16 billion ($14 billion), and saw restated earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) fall by 7%, to €3.37 billion, in its third quarter.
Telecoms industry executives have rated interoperability as the key challenge they face in deploying superfast broadband networks, according to a recent survey conducted by Informa Telecoms & Media.
The market-research company surveyed a total of 237 so-called “broadband stakeholders” and said that 54% of respondents cited interoperability as one of the top three challenges they face, with 25% of operators viewing it as the main challenge.
Telecom equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent said on Tuesday it would cut 10,000 jobs worldwide, calling it the last chance to turn the company around from heavy losses.
It was the latest step in a plan to focus on high-growth areas ranging from 4G mobile to high-speed broadband, and to lower fixed costs by more than 15 percent, saving a total of 1 billion euros ($1.36 billion).
The product of a 2006 Franco-U.S. merger aimed at creating a global giant, Alcatel-Lucent (Paris, France) told a European works council meeting it intends to axe nearly one in seven of its employees.
US operator AT&T is responding to Google’s entry into the high-speed broadband market by promising to launch its own ultra-fast offer in Austin, Texas – where the internet giant plans to switch on a 1Gbps service in mid-2014.
The operator this week said it had begun work on the deployment of a network in Austin that would match Google’s (Mountain View, CA, USA) on connection speeds when finally developed.