Bloomberg – Telcos Move to Sharing Economy as Fiber Dream Grips Europe

Preliminary talks reported this week between Vodafone and BT Group Plc in the U.K., where full-fiber coverage sits at 2 percent, may widen a trend that’s also taken hold in Spain and Portugal, where fiber is directly available to more than 70 percent of buildings.

“The cost of fiber is a problem,” said Bengt Nordstrom, a telecom consultant at Northstream AB in Stockholm. “Investments are very high and sometimes it may be very difficult to justify the spending.”

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Light Reading - Deutsche Telekom touts Europe's first "5G" connection

Deutsche Telekom claims to have turned on Europe’s first 5G connection on a commercial network in Germany in a technology demonstration that hints at the nature of its next-generation mobile broadband plans from 2020 onwards. …. Nevertheless, a number of industry watchers do not think Europe will have widespread 5G networks in place for many [...]
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