- This month several US muninetworks were announced or reported on: Rosemount (Minn), St. Paul, Glenwood Springs (Col), Smithville (Ind), Salisbury and Wilson (NC), Rutland (VT; hitting a bump), Highland (Ill).
- In the Netherlands, KPN and BreedNet are stepping up their FTTB (business parks) efforts (Huizen, Urk).
- Etisalat has plans for the UAE.
Demand, usage, penetration, VAS
- The FTTH Council North America reported 12m homes passed, etc.
- The World Economic Forum released its 'Global Information Technology Report 2007-2008'. The free web-based version is great to toy around with.
- Wilson (NC) targets a mere 30% penetration to make the business case work.
- Keep an eye on CERN and its Large Hadron Collider (LHC), to be operational this summer. Processing power (and even power supply) are too limited on a local level, forcing the institution to go international. The grid is made avaliable to other researchers. Who knows, in the future it will be the basis of a superfast internet, enabling cloud computing, holographic video conferencing, etc.
- BT is buying Wire One. It appears to be a reseller of all the usual suspects, including Cisco. It will be a while, but I am sure telepresence will be made available to the masses at some point and be a FTTH driver.
Financing: PPP and other
- BT asked for some exemption from USO (united service obligations) in exchange for committing to fiber.
- In New Zealand, Peter Macaulay proposed a Fibre Fund to which investors could contribute and anyone could draw upon. "The fund will enable councils to enter public-private partnerships drawing on a common fund rather than drawing money from ratepayers or telco customers. The investors will want to stay in rather than looking for a quick repayment of a loan." He, as well as the New Zealand Institute, misteriously predict that the value of the network will increase over time. That is a bit funny from a DCF point of view (which implies that everything is discounted to the present day), but what they obviously mean to say is: more fiber can cheaply be blown through the ducts; gear (WDM) can be added; usage will go up.
- In the US, Glenwood Springs and Wilson count among muninetworks financed by bonds to be paid (interest) for by subscriber fees.
- Smithville seems to count on a government grant from the Department of Agriculture.