France Telecom subsidiary Orange Slovensko has said it intends to invest approximately SKK1 billion (€32 million) on a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network in Slovakia that will cover almost 200,000 household in 10 cities by the end of the year.
“Thanks to this technology Orange will gain a few years start ahead its competitor already this year and will be ready to offer its customers with new multimedia services for life and entertainment,” said the telco in a statement.
It added that the optical connection will not only give access to a wide range of new services but also increase the value of the real estate. Orange has already been granted authorisation by the government and signed agreements with individual landlords.
Norway’s most-northerly rural region is also being fibred-up. PacketFront has announced that two power utility companies – Alta Kraftlag and Varanger Kraft – have deployed FTTH networks using PacketFront technology and expertise. Employing both a low cost, high efficiency and high-speed fibre-in-the air technique and underground pipes, the two deployments together cover an area of 48,649Km and will benefit many households in the region, giving them broadband access for the first time.
Alta currently has a fully operational triple play network while Varanger has gone open access, enabling multiple providers to compete over the same network and giving users ultimate choice. Together with the deployment for Troms Kraft, PacketFront’s broadband solution will now cover a large part of Northern Norway.