Being part of the Fiber Ring sometimes brings along a Lord of the Rings feel. Fiberland too is full of war and mystery.
Take Italy. The government is preparing to pump EUR 1bn into a nationwide broadband effort at a total cost of EUR 10bn (at this price level one can only assume we are talking NGN or FTTC/VDSL, not NGA or FTTH - unless of course the government is thinking of creating a nice and big digital divide by only hooking up the north). Yesterday AGCOM added that Telecom Italia indeed needs this kind of government and PPP support, because it cannot do it on its own.
Interestingly, the whole effort is supposed to add 1.5-2.0 pp to GDP.
Can anyone explain to me how any such investmmnet could not be justified, in light of this GDP enhancement? (Doing a little Wikipedia research, it looks like the economic benefit could be something like EUR 28bn a year.)
Or take the Netherlands. UPC is usually fighting the threat of superior fiber bandwidths by launching extremely aggressive pricing. This time around however, things are turned upside down.
UPC (part of Liberty Global) is rolling out DOCSIS 3.0 (advertised as 120 Mb/s, but we all know this is shared and not symmetrical), and at the same time the Reggefiber/XMS combo is waiving installation costs (normally EUR 150) and maintains a very competitive promo (20 EUR/mo for the first 6 months).