Fiber Connect Council MENA (formerly the FTTH Council MENA) recently released its exclusive ‘MENA FTTH and 5G Panorama’ study for member. The study shows that the United Arab of Emirates is still the global number one when it comes to fibre subscriber percentage among the population (+98%). The study also shows vast growth in numbers of fibre-connected homes across the region.
Researchers have found a new method for detecting deep-sea seismic activity and waves at using ‘Curie’, Google’s 10,000-kilometer-long underwater fibre cable. This links Los Angeles, California and Valparaiso, Chile. The approach successfully detected storm swell events and earthquakes during a nine-month period.
Research from Morning Consult shows that 53% of US adults think local governments should be able to develop their own broadband services. The survey was conducted in April 2021, with 2,200 participants. President Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure proposal includes a $100 billion broadband plan that explicitly supports exploration and development of municipal Internet services, potentially removing barriers that prevent municipally owned or affiliated providers and rural electric co-ops from competing with private providers.
The FTTH Council Europe recently revealed its 2020 Market Panorama and new figures outlining fibre deployment trends in Europe prepared by IDATE. The number of homes passed by fibre (FTTH/B) reached nearly 172 million in EU39. FTTH/B Coverage across Europe continues to show excellent growth, reaching almost half of all homes. France, Italy, Germany and the UK have the biggest increase in Europe in number of homes passed.
The Internet Service Providers’ Association of India has commented on pandemic-related bandwidth demand increase. India Global Business states that India’s data storage and data centre industries are estimated to grow at a 4% compound annual growth rate, reaching $4.5 billion in 2024.
The UK ISP network rollout target grew from 20 million to 25 million UK premises by December 2026. Openreach’s gigabit FTTP network is currently available to more than 4.6 million homes and businesses in the UK. This extended target will support 7,000 additional jobs.
US telcos are pursuing fibre expansions and upgrades of existing DSL / VDSL networks, competing more aggressively with cable operators. Cable operators are currently still gaining broadband share, although at a slower pace than in 2020 in the early phases of the breakout.
Over 40 civil rights organizations, consumer groups and companies have formed a coalition calling on the US federal government to establish a long-term broadband subsidy for low-income households. This coalition described the temporary Emergency Broadband Benefit subsidy that helps households afford internet service during the pandemic “a welcome step” but are calling for a permanent solution.