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Copper switch off report issued by European fibre body

The FTTH Council Europe has released a new study on copper switch-off and transition to fibre. It analyses the different stages of copper switch-off in 10 European Union member states and identifies benefits as well as enablers, incentives, challenges and barriers to switching from copper to fibre networks. There is a mixed picture across the European Union – the greatest progress has been made in Estonia, with 70% of copper exchanges closed in 2018 and plans to remove copper access for 60% of broadband subscribers by 2020, but elsewhere such moves are in their infancy. The study finds that both end-users and fibre network operators benefit from transition to fibre and copper switch-off including reliability, as fibre is 70%-80% more reliable; energy and cost efficiency; and consumers are more satisfied with fibre (82% happy vs 50% on DSL). Evidence suggests that clarity on copper switch off can improve the business case for fibre. “The telecoms market is in a transitional phase… and all eyes are on 5G but we should not forget that fibre is the foundation of all technologies for connectivity. Policy is lagging behind the market developments, and it is important that it catches up,” says Ronan Kelly, president of FTTH Council Europe. “We believe that Europe needs a single market strategy for the migration process and the ultimate switch-off of copper, therefore a European level debate on the fate of copper is needed,” adds Erzsébet Fitori, the council’s director general. “Our study is aimed to be a discussion starter and to bring together policymakers, copper network owners, new fibre investors and consumers to approach constructively this complex topic.”  Read more

  • Monday, 18 March 2019

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