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Lisa Di Feliciantonio: FastWeb Quickly Deploying 3.5M Vectored Lines
Saturday, 01 December 2012 11:25

Working closely with Telecom Italia. “Telecom Italia insisted installing our own cabinets would be impossible but our engineers disagreed. So we announced we would move ahead. With the regulator watching, Italia agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding. We are going to deploy.” Lisa stopped cold the ECTA session on DSL with that comment. Others had just said such a deployment was very difficult or even impossible.

     They intend to finish the 3.5M lines by the end of 2014 and leapfrog Telecom Italia. Italia for almost five years has been promising to begin millions of lines of fiber but has stalled out while seeking government funds. Italia is due to announce some form of structural separation very soon.

     FastWeb made their reputation with what is probably still the largest fiber build in Europe. Led by the brilliant Silvio Scaglia and with money from the power company, they quickly became the second largest landline company in Italy. Swisscom bought the company in 2007 and has been selling fiber and unbundled DSL connections.

     Swisscom has budgeted 400M euro, just over 100€/home. That figure may be particularly low because of the existing FastWeb fiber, very low prices from their expected supplier Huawei, or an under-estimate. What is becoming clear is that veciored VDSL in urban and most suburban areas is coming in incredibly cheaply. The Deutsche Telekom figure is 300-400, AT&T estimates similar.

    Fiber plans are being abandoned across Europe in favor of vectored VDSL.

    Here are announcements from the company.


FASTWEB kicks off the national plan for ultra-wideband
Provided € 400 million investment to extend the Next Generation Network 20% of the houses and Italian companies. 5.5 million homes and businesses will be connected with technologies that provide speeds up to 100 megabits per second over the next two years. This project, with total investment in innovation and infrastructure operator will reach around € 2 billion over the next four years
Milan, 13 September 2012 - Fastweb, the first alternative in Italy for infrastructure with over 33,000 km of fiber optic network with a single access to 100 megabits per second, will expand its network NGAN (Next Generation Access Network) until reach with its ultra-wideband the   20% of households and Italian companies at the end of 2014 . By that date, about 5.5 million households and businesses will be connected to the ultra-wideband FastWeb: a combination of the FTTH (Fiber to The Home) technology and FTTS (Fiber to the Cabinet Street, also known as FTTCab) Already today that allows to achieve connection speeds up to 100 megabits per second and that in the future will bring at speeds up to 400 megabits per second.  
To create new links in FTTS, Fastweb will invest € 400 million , which will be added to the approximately 1.6 billion Euros investment in innovation and infrastructure planned by the operator over the next four years. With this commitment, the company intends to strengthen its leadership on broadband quality and offer more and more customers access to the Internet's fastest. 
The Board of Directors of Swisscom has approved the funds for the first phase of the expansion of the network, acting in the first 130 million investment. 
The FASTWEB network is based on fiber optics: its birth, the operator has invested 6 billion to build their infrastructure, which already reaches about 2 million households, small and large businesses with speeds of 100 megabits per second. Thanks to this heritage infrastructure and through innovation that has always characterized the company, it is now possible to start FASTWEB the completion of its national network NGAN. Through the drafting of an additional 5,000 km of optical fiber from the central street cabinets and installation of related equipment, 3.5 million homes and businesses are reached in Italian Vdsl2 technology, using the stretch that separates the house from the customer ' the cabinet sub-loop unbundling (ie access to the last segment of the copper wire). It is an architecture called Fiber To The Street (FTTS), already in progress successfully in Switzerland by Swisscom Group, which is part of Fastweb. Compared to the solution which provides for the arrival of the fiber up to the customer's home, the FTTS has considerable advantages in terms of rapidity of realization of the infrastructure, capillarity and coverage of the network to equal investments and minor inconvenience for citizens.
More specifically, the implementation of the network by providing for the establishment of FASTWEB optical fiber from the central Telecom Italy to its current street cabinets, with minimal use of excavation and laying of fiber primarily in existing infrastructure without disruption, therefore, provide for the common and the cities involved. Telecom will be made at the cabinet a cabinet FastWeb. In order to minimize the footprint of the road and the visual impact in the historic centers, solutions have been found burial enclosures. FASTWEB install a controller in your wardrobe Vdsl2 which will be connected customers who, in turn, will be equipped with a special modem, and you will not need any kind of excavation and cabling condominiums.
The national plan includes a first phase of development with the completion by 2014 of the coverage of the city of Rome, Turin, Genoa, Venice, Florence, Palermo, Trieste, Bari, Bologna, Verona, Ancona, Brescia, Monza, Livorno, Reggio Emilia , Padua, Como, Bergamo, Pisa,   while in Milan he would continue with the already widespread use of FTTH. By the end of 2012, 40,000 Italian families will enjoy the benefits of the new ultra-wideband FASTWEB FTTS.  
Carsten Schloter, CEO of Swisscom and Fastweb's president, said: "Technology Fiber to the Street makes available speeds previously only possible with fiber optics right inside the customer's home.Swisscom has demonstrated the potential of the technology FTTS in Switzerland, where the town of Riggisberg in June this year were achieved 400 Megabits per second in an operational test. We are delighted that Fastweb, Swisscom acquired principally for its innovative infrastructure, now restart to expand its network with ultra-wideband technology so powerful. With this important investment in the construction of the next generation network, Swisscom confirms and raises its commitment as an investor in the Italian telecommunications market. "
With this plan, Fastweb will offer Italian customers connection speeds and quality of service higher and higher to take advantage of innovative services and help to give the country a technological edge that can play a central role in economic development and in Italy's competitiveness and the achievement of the objectives of the European Digital Agenda.

Huawei and Fastweb have signed a cooperation agreement for multi-year research and development of advanced technologies for ultra-wideband. The agreement is for a period of 5 years. The agreement was signed today at Palazzo Chigi by Alberto Calcagno, CEO of Fastweb and Ji Ping, Vice President of Huawei in the presence of Prime Minister Mario Monti and Jia Qinglin, Chairman of the Consultative Conference of the People's Republic of China. The Memorandum of Understanding concerning the research and the use of advanced technologies and innovative services to end users and research on technologies of the next generation networks on which the proposed extension of the NGN (Next Generation Network) Fastweb. The operator is in fact completing its ultra-wideband network that will reach 5.5 million households and businesses by 2014, bringing new services to 20% of the country, and contribute importantly to the objectives of the Digital Agenda , which provides access to 100 mega bits per second by 2020 at least half of the families. The agreement with Huawei aims to increase the performance of existing technologies, which now reach up to 100 megabits per second, but in the coming years will be able to deliver speeds up to 10 times higher, making the Fastweb network capable of offering speeds increasing in future years. The agreement is part of an intensive innovation and development carried out by the two companies in Italy: Fastweb, which relies on a fiber optic network of over 33,000 km and has invested its foundation about 6 billion , provides for investment in innovation and development network of 2 billion over the next four years. Huawei Italy contributes greatly to the development of broadband networks and ultra both mobile and fixed with all Italian operators. "Huawei will continue and even strengthen its commitment in Italy with determination. This agreement is another important example of investment in technological excellence in the service of the country. The availability of ultrafast telecommunications infrastructure that is adequate to the top of the world is a pre-requisite for the growth of Italy as emphasized by recent decrees passed by the Italian Government and strongly desired by us, "said Roberto Loiola, Vice President Huawei Western Europe. "From the cooperation with Huawei born technological solutions to offer our growing network speed, breaking the wall of 100 megabits per second currently achievable in VDSL. Our project has a long life ahead of him: by 2014 will reach 20% of the population with a network that supports up to 100 megs. In the second phase of our project NGN will implement new technologies that will extend up to ten times the bandwidth using the existing infrastructure, going beyond the objectives of the Digital Agenda. It 'sa commitment that Fastweb takes with its clients: develop their services and their performance to offer the best Internet in Italy, now and in the future. The partnership with Huawei was founded by a philosophy of active collaboration with our suppliers, which are real partners. The MoU with Huawei is the first importance in the NGN to be followed by others, "said Alberto Calcagno, general manager of Fastweb.
Fastweb, quarterly results at 30 September 2012
The fiber operator closed the third quarter with an increase of 9.2% of its customer base, which has reached 1.704 million, 144,000 more than in September 2011. Stable in the first nine months revenues to € 1,190 million (+0.4% YoY, net revenues from hubbing), with margins on the rise: EBITDA increasing by 1% to € 355 million


Fastweb ended the third quarter of 2012 with a growth of the customer base by 9.2% , amounting to 144,000 new subscribers, which allow you to jump from 1.56 million customers at the end of September 2011 to the current 1,704,000. In the last 12 months, the broadband operator has reported a number of new subscribers (net adds) more than three times greater than that achieved a year earlier, and was the only player in the Italian market for broadband to show a positive trend in all quarters last year. Against a broadband access market in stagnant, has been awarded the position of Fastweb as an operator with an excellent infrastructure, capable of providing stable and high-speed connections on your network. The spread of smartphones, tablets and connected TV, but also of social networks and applications that require bandwidth growing, in addition to the launch by Fastweb commercial offers that have grasped the need for continuous connection in home and away matches with a quality Internet, allowed the operator fiber to increase its customer base.   's ability to attract new customers through residential offer the best performance and the highest rated speed of the market, as evidenced by the NRA on misurainternet.it has allowed the operator to close the first nine months of the year with sales stable in a difficult year for the telecommunications sector, where regulatory and market dynamics that have compressed the income of the top players. In September 2012, Fastweb's turnover remained stable at 1,190 million from 1,186 million in September 2011 (+0.3%, net revenues from hubbing, on which the company has started a policy of planned reduction).The gross operating margin ( EBITDA ) improved by 1, 1%, from 351 million in September 2011 (excluding extraordinary items) to $ 355 million in September this year, with a margin which stood at28, 2% . EBITDA margin ). During the month of September Fastweb announced plans for expansion of the fiber network: the potential will more than double from the current 2 million homes and businesses connected fiber direct to over 5.5 million, reaching a national coverage of over 20%. The expansion plan of the optical fiber will increase total investment of 25% of Fastweb: the investment in network infrastructure operator will amount to 2 billion over the next four years. Work has already started in the city of Monza and Pisa and depart later in 17 other cities, the coverage of which will be completed by 2014, while in Milan will continue with the already widespread use of FTTH. By the end of 2012, 40,000 Italian families will enjoy the benefits of the new ultra-wideband FastWeb. With this expansion plan, Fastweb plans to leverage on its position as one alternative operator, with its own fiber infrastructure, more than doubling its potential in ultra-wideband and going to capture the growing demand for high-speed internet connections, stable quality.




Last Updated on Friday, 28 December 2012 00:23