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Watch a series of interviews with some of the most prominent representatives and influencers in the fibre industry, who had the opportunity to further comment on the hottest technology, policy and finance issues, immediately following their presentations given during the last FTTH Conference in Madrid.
Where does the European Union stand on its path to the digital decade? Are we on track to cover every European household with gigabit connectivity by 2030? And how will the newly introduced Gigabit Infrastructure Act and draft Gigabit Connectivity Recommendation contribute to achieving such goals? Kamila Kloc, Acting Director B, Connectivity at European Commission’s DG Connect, answers these questions and much more
An intensive rollout is going on, and considerable investments are being made in Italy to rapidly bring the country to the forefront of FTTH connectivity in Europe. Mario Rossetti, Chief Executive Officer at Open Fiber, elaborates on the main goal of making Europe the first copper-free continent in the world, and how can the EU become a leader in the digital and green transition
Ensuring access to affordable high-speed internet is the only way for everyone to reap the actual benefits of the digital transformation. OECD Deputy Secretary-General Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen sheds light on how we can make this happen as an industry and why fibre is the leading technology for supporting future applications such as IoT, AI and cloud
Openreach MD Corporate Affairs Catherine Colloms shares the secrets behind the fast pace at which the UK is currently rolling out fibre across the country, rapidly bridging the gap with other nations in Europe: FTTH is the only future-proof technology, able to meet the increasing connectivity requirements of the society of tomorrow, whether you reside in urban or rural areas.
According to Enrique Blanco - Global CTIO at Telefónica, WiFi accounts for 80% of everyone's digital life, while the remaining 20% relies on mobile connectivity. “FTTH is the only driver to offer real quality to end-users”, he adds, “and the only way to ensure that we are properly serving our society is by combining FTTH and 5G”.
David Elfassy - President of Altitude Infra - shares his investor perspective on the road to full fibre, bringing to the table the example of France: with a clear copper shutdown date scheduled for 2030, raising attention given to the sustainability issue, and thanks to the strong support from the national regulatory authority, FTTH is now widely perceived as the alternative to invest in when it comes to broadband and high-speed internet technologies.
Connectivity in Ukraine has stayed remarkably resilient in the past 12 months, despite the obvious difficulties faced by the country and the Ukrainian population. Yuriy Matsyk - Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine's Head of the MDT’s Directorate of Fixed Broadband - explains how the Government successfully managed to keep the telecom networks running so well in times of war and looks at the ongoing and future recovery efforts.
ITU’s Deputy Secretary-General Tomas Lamanauskas shared his perspective on the importance of FTTH networks, with particular focus on the sustainability issue, and explains how the International Telecommunication Union is concretely contributing to making fibre available everywhere around the world.
Annick Martin - Managing Director at BESIX addresses the hot topic of skilled labour shortages in our industry. Attracting, retaining, and reskilling talents is critical to achieving the ambitious goal of bringing fibre connectivity everywhere in Europe by 2030, and the supply chain shall look into this very carefully to avoid the lack of personnel becoming a bottleneck. Diversity shall also not be left behind, as the FTTH ecosystem can only thrive by being truly inclusive.
BEREC’s Chair 2023 Konstantinos Masselos has no doubts: FTTH is the only broadband technology capable of enabling the twin digital and green transitions in Europe, being truly future-proof, and contributing to substantial CO2 emissions reduction. Let's deep dive into BEREC's initiatives for a gigabit sustainability in this speaker interview.
Boosting the demand for fibre-based services means increased profits for ISPs and a more significant ROI for investors. It sounds like a smooth process, but many hurdles are on the way, especially when rural and less-populated areas are involved. The Georgia-based N(N)LE OPEN NET project, however, seems to have found the key to success: Mariam Sulaberidze, CEO of the initiative tells us more about this very interesting project.
CityFibre Chief Executive Officer Greg Mesch takes stock of the FTTH market situation in the UK, from the latest fibre build achievements to the next challenges ahead for the industry. A very positive market sentiment, strong regulatory initiatives, and a surge of investments are the key factors behind the fibre momentum we currently see happening in the country.
Some of the recent regulatory initiatives at EU level, like the Gigabit Infrastructure Act and the draft Gigabit Recommendation, are set to change the rules of the gigabit connectivity game; Dr. Jakob Greiner, VP European Affairs at Deutsche Telekom, comments on the importance of these measures.
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