Fiber Is A Necessity For Telcos In Europe's Post-recession Growth, Pyramid Research Finds

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Fiber is a Necessity for Telcos in Europe's Post-Recession Growth, Pyramid Research Finds

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

    At the dawn of post-recession growth in Europe, it is time for large telcos to revise capex cuts and resume fiber

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    Fiber Buildouts in Europe: A Competitive Necessity for Telcos examines the potential of fiber developments in

Europe and the factors that increasingly push incumbents and other DSL operators toward fiber. It contains a

detailed analysis of the competitive technology and fiber developments in selected countries: the Netherlands,

Romania, Russia, and Spain. The 16-page report also provides Pyramid Research's five-year forecast on FTTH

and FTTB in the four selected markets and in Europe overall. Download an excerpt of this report here:

    In the past year, competition in the broadband and multiplay markets has become extremely tough as operators

have had to fight for customers' shrinking budgets, notes Bakhyt Weeks, analyst at Pyramid Research and author

of the report. "Higher speeds and more extensive bundles were introduced, often for less money," Weeks says.

Looking to 2010 and beyond, as customers begin to loosen their budget strings, they will want higher speeds and

more services. "As European economies start to show progress, fiber could shield telcos from mounting

competition and provide opportunity for further growth," she suggests. "Telcos are racing against cable companies -


and against time."

    DSL has managed to gain the dominant position among broadband access technologies in some markets thanks

to its historically vast network coverage; however, the pressure from other technologies is mounting. "In CEE,

where DSL is growing simultaneously with other broadband technologies, the pressure is the strongest," comments

Weeks. Incumbents are missing out on broadband coverage opportunities by focusing only on DSL-covered areas

all across Europe. "DSL is struggling to compete with cable and particularly fiber in terms of capacity, which is

becoming increasingly important especially in multiplay offerings while mobile broadband is also a threat in the up

to 5Mbps speed range," Weeks explains.

    "Fiber would shield telcos from mobile broadband, as its speed provides it with a strong competitive advantage

even against LTE," concludes Weeks. Mobile broadband is positioned as a substitute to basic DSL, and telcos are

being increasingly pushed to provide higher speeds to differentiate their offer. "As mobile broadband speeds are

expected reach at least 100Mbps, DSL will continue to lose ground," she says, "the only efficient way forward is,

again, fiber."

    Fiber Buildouts in Europe: A Competitive Necessity for Telcos is part of Pyramid Research's Europe Telecom

Insider report series. This report is priced at US$595 and can be purchased online here:

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    About Pyramid Research

    Pyramid Research ( offers practical solutions to the complex demands our clients face in the

telecommunications, media, and technology industries. Our analysis is uniquely positioned at the intersection of

emerging markets, emerging technologies, and emerging business models, powered by the bottom-up

methodology of our market forecasts for over 100 countries -- a distinction that has remained unmatched for more

than 25 years. As the telecom research arm of the Light Reading Communications Network, Pyramid Research

works with Heavy Reading, providing the communications industry's most comprehensive market data, trusted

research and insightful technology analysis.

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    About Light Reading

    Founded in 2000, Light Reading ( is the leading online media, research, and focused

event company serving the US$3 trillion worldwide communications market. is the ultimate

source for technology and financial analysis of the communications industry, leading the media sector in terms of

traffic, content, and reputation. Light Reading's research arms, Heavy Reading and Pyramid Research, provide the

most comprehensive communications research, market data, and technology analysis in close to 100 markets

around the world. Light Reading produces nearly 20 targeted communications events including TelcoTV, Ethernet

Expo New York and Ethernet Expo London, The Tower Summit @ CTIA, and Optical Expo, as well as focused

one-day events tailored for cable, mobile, and wireline executives. Light Reading was acquired by United Business

Media in August 2005 and operates as a unit of TechWeb.

    About TechWeb

    TechWeb (, the global leader in business technology media, is an innovative

business focused on serving the needs of technology decision-makers and marketers worldwide. TechWeb

produces the most respected and consumed media brands in the business technology market. Today, more than

13.3 million* business technology professionals actively engage in our communities created around our global face-

to-face events, Interop, Web 2.0, Black Hat, and VoiceCon; online resources such as the TechWeb Network, Light

Reading, Intelligent Enterprise,,, and The Financial Technology Network; and

the market leading, award-winning InformationWeek, TechNet Magazine, MSDN Magazine, and Wall Street &

Technology magazines. TechWeb also provides end-to-end services including next-generation performance

marketing, integrated media, research, and analyst services. TechWeb is a division of United Business Media, a

global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than

US$2.5 billion.

    *13.3 million business decision-makers: based on number of monthly connections

    About United Business Media Limited

    UBM (UBM.L) focuses on two principal activities: worldwide information distribution, targeting and monitoring;

and, the development and monetization of B2B communities and markets. UBM's businesses inform markets and

serve professional commercial communities -- from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewelry traders,

from farmers to pharmacists -- with integrated events, online, print, and business information products. Our 6,500

staff in more than 30 countries are organized into specialist teams that serve these communities, bringing buyers

and sellers together, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently. For more

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