News Nexst 3 | 2023


Prysmian Group @ FTTH conference in Madrid

Prysmian Group was Platinum Sponsor at the recent FTTH conference, showing its focus on innovation and added value products at its well-attended 54 m2 stand. A complete FTTx portfolio for cables and connectivity meeting current and future market demands was on display. This included the latest solutions for internal and external distribution, cabinets and CasaLink, along with Sirocco HD and Extreme, FlexTube and FlexRibbon cables.

Prysmian participation in Workshops and Conference speaking sessions covered network expansion, and the topic of ‘Attracting talent to the FTTH industry’, with Coralia Caravello discussing the Group's commitment to global and local D&I policies and initiatives. Alessandro Pirri gave a speech on the sustainable green approach for the Optical Cable Industry, Jan Schindler moderated a panel on how technology can help address the next FTTH roll-out challenges. Particular attention was given to sustainability, with the Ecoslim system and the launch of ECO CABLE, the cable industry's first environmental label now applicable also for the telecom products.

Over 350 public sites in UK Midlands to get full fibre broadband

Only 42% of UK urban premises have access to full fibre broadband, and in rural areas that’s just 35%. The £8m “GigaHubs” project in the Midlands has been set up to roll out a GB-capable full fibre broadband network that will reach more than 350 public buildings (such as schools, hospitals, and council offices).

Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC) is leading the project and funding will mainly come from the government’s Building Digital UK (BDUK) agency (£6.8m). This will be used to create up to 235 of approximately 350 GigaHub sites. The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DUHC) will provide the remaining £1.2m to reach 118 additional sites across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

GlobalData: solid fixed line growth for Australia

GlobalData’s Australia Fixed Communication Forecast Model (Q1 2023) predicts the fixed communications market in Australia will see steady growth. The report projects a CAGR of 0.7% from 2022 to 2027. Analysis suggests that fixed broadband service revenue may increase at a CAGR of 2.1% over this period, driven largely by an increase in FTTH/B subscriptions, stimulated by the Australian government’s ongoing coverage efforts.

Market Panorama 2023: 219 m EU homes passed with FTTH/B

The total number of homes passed with FTTH and FTTB in the EU39 reached 219 million in September 2022, compared to nearly 198,4 million in September 2021.The main movers in terms of homes passed in absolute numbers are the United Kingdom (+4.2 M), France (+3.5 M), Turkey (+2.9 M), and Italy (+2.1 M).

The top 5 of the annual growth rates in terms of homes passed is headed by Belgium (+60%), the United kingdom (+51%), Serbia (+40%), The Netherlands (+34,7%), and Greece (+34,5%). FTTH/B coverage rate in EU39 now amounts to 62,2% (up by 5 percentage points vs 2021) and coverage rate in the EU27+UK officially surpasses half of total homes – 55,1% (vs 48,5% from 2021). These data re-confirm the continuous upward trend observed for several years in a row.

Sustainability survey highlights fibre’s green credentials

The FTTH Council Global Alliance (FCGA) global Sustainability Survey has revealed that fibre’s sustainable properties will ultimately help the global telecom industry achieve ESG and CSR goals. The report notes that, according to a Boston Consulting Group report, the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector is responsible for 3% to 4% of all global emissions — twice the levels of the aviation industry. However, research by RVA, LLC and the Fiber Broadband Association reveals that fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) directly reduces carbon output leading to a 34% reduction in internet CO2 emissions.

6G pre-standards under development

ETSI, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute) has held its first 6G discussions with the main objective of streamlining pre-standards research. ETSI has identified potential 6G technologies for further study in the second half of 2023. The definitive standard is expected to appear in 2030.

AI to drive data center investments

Officials from Google parent Alphabet and Microsoft expect to increase spending on cloud computing data centers to support new artificial intelligence (AI) technologies like ChatGPT. A noteworthy development for the world's telecom network operators considering they're in the midst of investing in their own AI-based services. Meanwhile, they're also shifting more of their own IT operations and network functions into cloud data centers.