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NExsT 1 2023

NExsT 1 2023

UK Gigabit Broadband Rollout update

Building Digital UK has published its Winter 2022 update on the Government’s Project Gigabit broadband rollout scheme. According to the document, the end of 2021 saw UK gigabit coverage growing rapidly again, helped by the work of Virgin Media O2 and others to upgrade and expand networks. Over 65% of UK premises now have gigabit-capable networks available to them. Meanwhile, the £5bn Project Gigabit continues to deliver to harder-to-reach premises and is ramping up procurement activity that will enable the UK to reach 85% coverage by the end of 2025 and continue towards 100%.

Prysmian takes a step forward in its climate change commitment

Prysmian Group has improved its rating to an “A-” score in the CDP (carbon disclosure project) ranking. In 2021, Prysmian recorded a -22,1% reduction in Scope 1&2 emissions and also published the calculation of its Scope 3 emissions for the first time. A 3% reduction in energy consumption was recorded, despite the acquisition of four new production sites. “Climate is the most urgent pillar of sustainability and we must deliver results quickly in order to guarantee a better future for next generations. The A- ranking (…) confirms that we are on the right path in the decarbonization process and that our commitments are solid and recognized,” stated Maria Cristina Bifulco, Chief Sustainability Officer and Investor Relations Vice President Prysmian Group.

AT&T: fibre subscribers surpass non-fibre base

AT&T's Q3 2022 results show that its fibre customer base (6.93 m) surpassed that of its non-fibre base (6.86m). The number of "non-fibre" customers was reduced by 367,000 in Q3 2022, up from a reduction of 261,000 in the previous year. In 2022, AT&T also added 1 million or more subscribers for the fourth consecutive year. Broadband revenues increased 5.4%, reflecting fibre subscriber growth and higher ARPU resulting from increases in higher-revenue fibre customers.

Deutsche Glasfaser: 10-year wholesale partnership with Vodafone

German operator Deutsche Glasfaser and Vodafone have agreed a wholesale cooperation for a period of at least 10 years. From autumn 2023, Vodafone will have access to Deutsche Glasfaser’s network under the wholesale agreement. Vodafone will be able to market FTTH services to six million additional households over the long term. “We are delighted that Vodafone is relying on our fast-growing fibre optic network in rural and suburban areas,” said Andreas Pfisterer, CEO of Deutsche Glasfaser group. “Everyone benefits from open access: fibre customers in rural areas have freedom of choice. And we as a company are getting closer to our goal of supplying the regions with fibre optics quickly and comprehensively via such wholesale partnerships.”

Open Fiber launches 'white areas' FTTH portal

As part of their public contracts, Italian wholesale-only operator Open Fiber is charged with wholesale design, construction, management and 20-year maintenance of publicly-owned infrastructure in selected areas. To date, ultra-broadband network connectivity has been brought to over 4.000 municipalities in these areas.

To enhance transparency, Open Fiber recently launched a new platform detailing progress made in extending its FTTH network to less densely populated “white areas”. Here, anyone can check which municipalities are ‘wired’. Open Fiber’s connectivity-service network is being marketed to 225 medium and large cities and 4.370 smaller municipalities.