Dutch FTTH competition pushes adds 500,000 homes in 2020

Intense competition in the Dutch fibre-to-the-home market has pushed the number of new connections to 533,000 in 2020.

Telecompaper’s annual report on broadband coverage in the Netherlands shows that following a year of record additions 3.68 million households had an FTTH connection, about 46% of all homes in the country.

It’s anticipated that competition between KPN NetwerkNL and its rivals Delta Fiber Network, E-Fiber, and Primevest/T-Mobile will continue to benefit the consumer. Already in 2021, the major players purchased a total of over 50,000 FTTH lines from smaller parties.

KPN NetwerkNL is the largest fibre company by far with a market share of more than 75%. The company has managed to expand its total by 319,000 homes passed in 2020 and is looking to add half a million more over the next few years.

However, despite added actual numbers, KPN’s market share fell as Number two Delta Fiber Network (14%), number three E-Fiber (3%), and number four Primevest/T-Mobile (2%) all managed to expand their market share in 2020

The full TR-419 report can be viewed here

Mentor Spotlight: This ‘doctor’ researches a cure for GPON vendor interoperability

In this Women in Comms Mentor Spotlight, GPONDoctor‘s Maria Alejandro Aranzamendi shares her approach to the dilemma of vendor interoperability, how she’s improved automating test procedures for her customers, and her professional advice for other women in technical positions
You can read the full article by Kelsey Kusterer Ziser, Senior Editor, Light Reading here

Broadband Forum points to harnessing copper for fiber benefits

Broadband Forum’s latest technical report has highlighted how fiber-based access could be provided using existing copper infrastructure instead of installing fiber to end-users premises.
This could help ensure that homes and businesses have access to faster, more reliable broadband connectivity by harnessing the copper infrastructure.
The Fiber Access Extension over Existing Copper Infrastructure (TR-419) report shows how this method could be used where FTTP may not be economically or physically viable. Instead, FTTep lets service providers deploy fiber-grade services by leveraging the last meters of copper to extend the fiber network without lowering quality when compared to complete FTTH networks.
The TR-419 report extends the Forum’s previous TR-301 which defines functionality for ITU-T G.fast distribution point units. It describes a number of use cases and migration options that can be considered as representative deployment scenarios for the operators choosing to implement an FTTep solution and focuses on architectural, management, and operational aspects of PON fiber access extension over different copper underlying technologies such as G.fast, G.hn Access, and MoCA Access.
The full TR-419 report can be viewed here