Telstra will hand over ownership of its copper and hybrid fibre-coaxial networks to NBN Co for the multi-technology mix network under a new deal signed on Sunday.
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Philippines telecommunications giant Globe Telecom has indicated that it may choose to use G.fast VDSL technology to reach buildings where legacy copper can't be replaced with fibre and fixed wireless can't cope with demand.
For the first time, UK cable connections were faster than fibre connections, though not by much. However, ADSL2 speeds have increased, while the speed gap between urban and rural users has narrowed.
Telstra and NBN Co have signed an AU$150 million deal to rent copper, design and build a fibre to the node rollout to 206,000 premises in New South Wales and Queensland.
A trial of fibre-to-the-node technology on the NSW Central Coast and Epping in Victoria has been delayed by issues in getting hold of Telstra's copper and securing adequate power.
Beset by regulation, New Zealand network operator Chorus is creating a new range of unregulated fast fibre and copper offerings.
Verizon is accused of letting its copper network in California get into such a state of disrepair that customers are forced to switch to its fibre or wireless products.
Fears are rising that a "nuclear option" could be used to degrade copper broadband services in New Zealand and drive users to fibre.
NBN Co has confirmed that it will rent Telstra's copper lines as part of a trial of fibre-to-the-node technology.
NBN Co has admitted that it is unaware of a key part of the Coalition's broadband policy that estimates 10 percent of premises will still get fibre to the premises because the copper network is unusable for fibre to the node.
Norway's telecoms regulator has brought in regulations meaning that the country's biggest telco will have to offer local-loop unbundling for its fibre access network as well as its copper.
Analyst firm Ovum is advising the New Zealand government to renew its commitment to fibre to the home by shutting down the legacy copper network.
Telstra CEO David Thodey has said that the AU$11 billion NBN deal is about moving the ownership of the fixed network to the government, regardless of whether it is fibre or copper.
The so-called copper tax keeping wholesale prices in line with fibre broadband costs will help drive uptake on the New Zealand Ultra-Fast Broadband network.
The New Zealand government is proposing putting prices for services on par with fibre prices in order to encourage NZ telcos to invest in the new fibre network.
BT is adding new copper and fibre broadband customers to its network as it continues to extend the reach of its fibre network, but tough conditions in Europe and declining call revenues are eating into its takings.
Telstra CEO David Thodey has indicated that Telstra's copper network would be able to achieve 25Mbps download speeds in a fibre-to-the-node scenario.
Australian Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said that he would support an NBN scheme where residents pay to upgrade the last mile of copper to fibre.
The controversial South Brisbane exchange project has finished ahead of schedule.
Despite an AU$37.4 billion price tag, NBN Co could save money in the long run by using fibre instead of the ageing copper network or an FTTN model, according to analyst firm BIS Shrapnel.
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