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Network & Infrastructure

25G/50G slow-go: Openreach may hold out till 2030s on next-gen fibre tech

In depth report — two of the UK’s biggest fibre wholesalers have dampened expectations of imminent 25G and 50G PON upgrades, despite prep-work. Virgin Media O2-backed nexfibre sees no “imminent” case for commercial launch. Openreach also wants greater energy efficiency and to maximise older-gen GPON value extraction, with point-to-point eyed for enterprise. Read more…


Network & Infrastructure

Virgin Media O2 turns to Starlink for UK rural boost

Operator to use low-Earth orbit backhaul in an effort to bolster its rural connectivity, as progress on meeting Shared Rural Network deadlines has lagged…


Weekly Briefings

Telefónicawatch Weekly: Shareholder dance continues with growing Spanish flavour; O2 presses on with 5G experiments

Spanish banking foundation pops up as Telefónica top shareholder, as Spanish government seperately said to be seeking spot on board as it builds its own national interest stake. Elsewhere: O2 gets 5G projects on the move; refinancing in Peru; VM O2 resumes digital landline project…

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Network & Infrastructure

Major players in the frame as Project Gigabit mega-deals come into play

Altnets including Quickline, Wessex and Wildanet pick up BDUK contracts to reach rural homes, but the prospect of cross-regional deals for Openreach and VM O2 appears increasingly likely as another agreed deal is abandoned…

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Network & Infrastructure

DSIT-funded masts go live as UK’s SRN plugs eco-credentials

The Shared Rural Network is gathering steam and tooting its horn as government cash finally begins to flow to remote 4G sites. SRN management are pushing an environmentally friendly purpose, and operators EE and VM O2 are vying to be seen as programme stars. 

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    Telefónicawatch Report #180 - February 2024


    Key stories include: Álvarez-Pallete takes the stage in Davos | Liberty eyes NetCo-ServeCo split again | Vivo and Winity walk away from network-share deal | Spanish copper lines to remain in action until 2026 | Movistar calls for pause to Chile’s 5G auction

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    Telefónicawatch Report #179 - December 2023


    Key stories include: Spain bolsters Group defence with stake move | Digital-R&D merger ‘reaches the finish line’ | Open Gateway rollout begins; Brazil first target | Telefónica ‘to replace’ Huawei in 5G SA core | Ofcom pushes back on UK consumer price hikes

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    Telefónicawatch Report #178 - December 2023


    Key stories include: Execs lay out strategic vision to FY26 | Group bids for full control in Germany | Tech eyes fresh IT offerings to grow sales | Defences up in core markets amidst uncertainty | Hispam remains all about options

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