SFP Series forty-eighth Week News Abstract 8

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Week News Abstract For SFP Series in 10GTEK
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Point Topic: Lots of UK broadband action, but few results
FEBRUARY 9, 2010 -- Point Topic’s new report on the progress of superfast broadband (“superband” for short) in the UK shows lots of action but not a lot of results to date. Over 30 different projects are active but as yet there are barely 3,000 new superband connections in British homes.Point Topic defines “superband” as services that offer customers broadband with download speeds of at least 25 Mbps at mass-market prices. It covers various architectures based on fiber to the street cabinet or to the home (FTTC or FTTH), also known as next-generation access (NGA).Projects already firmly scheduled are due to bring superband to the doorsteps of over 2 million homes by the end of 2010. But this will still be far short of reaching Britain as a whole, covering only 8% of all homes, Point Topic asserts.The figures quoted consider just the BT and “alternative network” (altnet) superband projects. They do not include the 50-Mbps service now available over Virgin Media’s cable network that Point Topic believes will compete strongly with these NGA-type offerings.For the moment, only a few of the altnet projects have made any connections as yet, Point Topic says. “We’ve identified seven which have got at least 30 homes actually connected,” explains Annelise Berendt, who leads the research for Point Topic. “Between them they had about 1700 lines by the end of last year, while BT accounted for another 1300 or so.” Point Topic cites some little-known names as being at the forefront of bringing fiber all the way to the home, exploiting the opportunities provided by new housing developments. They include Independent Fibre Networks (IFNL) in Corby, Swindon, and Andover, IsRightHere in Liverpool and Chelsea, and Velocity1 in Wembley. H2O Fibrecity has been using sewage pipes as one route for deploying fiber in Bournemouth.In the coming year BT should far overtake these pioneers, in Point Topic’s view. BT Retail, with its “BT Infinity” product (see "BT Infinity fiber-based broadband prices set"), and competing ISPs, could be offering superband to as many as 1.5 million homes by September 2010. Digital Region, the biggest of the altnets, should have wired up “a good number” of the 600,000 homes and businesses it will have access to in South Yorkshire by the end of 2010 as well, the analyst firm believes.Meanwhile, Virgin Media’s cable network is providing a strongly competitive offering for customers who want high speeds. Point Topic estimates 20,000 had signed up for Virgin’s 50-Mbpst service using DOCSIS 3.0 by the end of September 2009. With lower prices likely in the face of competition from BT Retail, that number could easily pass 100,000 during 2010, the company forecasts.But the numbers are still very modest, Point Topic asserts. “Compare our 3,000 lines with what’s happening abroad,” suggests Tim Johnson, chief analyst at Point Topic. “In Sweden, for example, they’ve been working on superfast fiber for the home since 2005. Now the Swedes have got about 1.2 million superband lines; that’s 38% of all their broadband. Meanwhile we’re standing at less than one-fiftieth of one percent in Britain.”Britain has also made a slower start than Point Topic forecast, although the shortfall could be made up quite quickly, in the firm’s estimation. “Our latest forecast was for 80,000 superband lines by the end of 2010,” says Johnson. “That looks more of a stretch now but it’s still within reach."Previously, Point Topic had forecasted that 4 million UK homes would be in reach of fiber by 2013.
Fiber is fastest-growing broadband service; subscribers to reach 106 million worldwide by 2014
FEBRUARY 8, 2010 -- The number of fixed broadband subscribers worldwide will rise to 501 million at the end of 2014 -- and 106 million of them will subscribe to services delivered via fiber optic cable, say analysts at ABI Research in Singapore.This increase to 106 million fixed fiber broadband subscribers by 2014 will represent a 240 percent increase over the 44 million fiber broadband subscribers at the end of 2009, ABI analysts say.“Broadband penetration continues to increase since more service providers are offering triple-play services and driving down access prices,” explains Serene Fong, an ABI industry analysts. The number of fixed broadband subscribers totaled more than 422 million at the end of 2009, a 9 percent increase from 2008.Among the three broadband technologies, 65 percent of worldwide fixed broadband consumers subscribe to DSL, 25 percent to cable, and 11 percent to fiber broadband services. The number of fiber broadband subscribers is increasing fastest, showing a compound annual growth rate of 20 percent from 2008 to 2014.“File sharing, music downloads, IPTV, online gaming and video conferencing are all acting to increase the user demand for high speed Internet," says Khin Sandi Lynn, a research associate at ABI. "The number of fiber broadband subscribers is increasing with growing popularity of these services.”The Asia-Pacific region has the highest fiber broadband penetration, followed by North America. Asia-Pacific represents nearly 84 percent of worldwide fiber broadband subscribers. South Korea and Japan have the highest fiber broadband penetration. NTT is the largest fiber broadband operator with approximately 12 million subscribers, ABI analysts say.ABI's research on fixed broadband subscribers is contained in an ABI quarterly study called “Broadband Subscribers Market Data,” which profiles subscriber trends categorized by operator, by country, and by technology.
Emcore Corp. forms joint venture with Chinese investment company to focus on high-volume fiber manufacturing
FEBRUARY 3, 2010 -- Emcore Corp., a provider of compound semiconductor products systems for the fiber optics industry, is selling 60 percent of its fiber optics business to Tangshan Caofeidian Investment Corp. (TCIC) in Tangshan City, China, for $27.8 million now, and an extra $27 million after the deal closes.Emcore and Tangshan Caofeidian will operate the company as a joint venture called Emcore Fiber Optics Ltd (EFO) in Hong Kong, which will concentrate on fiber optics for telecommunications, enterprise, cable TV, fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP), and video transport products.The sale does not involve Emcore's satellite communications and specialty photonics fiber optics product lines. Emcore will retain the satellite communications and specialty photonics fiber optics product lines as well as the satellite and terrestrial solar businesses.The joint venture will focus on developing a high volume, low cost manufacturing infrastructure and a local customer support organization in China. The deal should close within the next three months.Reuben Richards Jr. will resign his position as Emcore's executive chairman and chairman of the board, and become EFO's chief executive officer. Other Emcore executives employees will be offered jobs at EFO. Hong Hou, Emcore's president and chief executive officer, also will serve as a director of EFO.
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