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I found an excellent presentation on the Australian NBN that address specifically the popular concerns about its viability and long-term contribution to the Australian society and economy. Broadband Plan Finder did a great job at demystifying these worries. Read the key findings of their study here if you want to know: How NBN compares with other financing plans […]

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The announcement of Fastweb and Telecom Italia of a  joint investment plan in a FTTC network relates to a series of similar announcements by major Italian operators. According to the press release, Fastweb plans to contribute 400 million euros in this project. Telecom Italia sees this as part of its longer-term  strategy to offer 100Mbps in […]

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The European Competitive Telecommunication Association (ECTA), the body supporting the regulatory and commercial interests of alternative operators – altnets – the synonym of US-based Competitive Local Exchange Carriers (CLECs) in Europe issued a warning a little more than a week ago that the high wholesale prices of the incumbent operators inhibit the success of their […]

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Bezeq, the Israeli incumbent plans for a field trail of GPON FTTH. As part of a several months long trial in Petach Tiqva the operator will connect hundreds of GPON FTTH subscribers. These are surprising news from Israel where no serious FTTH seemed not to be considered by any major provider. There’s an article with […]

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In the 28th of July the GIG.U initiative was launched in the US. From the information released so far, GIG.U assumes the role of the intermediary between the local communities around the participating universities and the telecommunications operators. In a nutshell, GIG.U will aggregate demand and then call operators to bid and compete to serve […]

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Franchising 101

August 9, 2011

in Access,Services

It has been a while since I posted on the blog. I am happy to break the radio silence to let you know about the newest report I wrote for Diffraction Analysis. It is called “The virtues and limitations of FTTP franchise models” and analyzes the fundamentals of contemporary franchising in the telecommunications business. Franchising […]

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I spent a few days during Easter in the country side. I stayed in a small town where a big battle was fought 2.500 years ago, Marathon. The town is less than an hour drive, north east from the capital and lies just outside the new real estate Greenfield development of the metropolitan area of […]

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Almost a year ago (29th of March 2010) NBN issued a Request for Capability Statement for the construction of its network. In June the 23rd after assessing the applications filled 21 companies were invited to bid for the tender. Nevertheless, a few days ago, NBN Co announced that it withdraws the tender, the head of […]

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The Government of Qatar announced that it plans to establish a  National Broadband Plan for the country that will help advance the fiber penetration across. The Q.NBN, currently the name of the plan, will assume planning and deployment of passive infrastructure. The initiative was formulated with the constribution of the major service providers active in […]

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Have you ever noticed how NBN sounds like Amen? Here’s a noble prayer to Mike Quigley, CEO of NBN Co. Some people have humor: “Our Chief Quigley, respected be thy name, Your fibre kingdom come, may your plans become reality, on Aussie soil as it is in Korea, Give us this day our daily bandwidth, […]

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