New study highlights investment gap to fill to reach the strategic connectivity objectives by 2025
Europe is lagging behind global benchmarks for full-fibre access, and a substantial increase in investments will be required to speed up progress. These are the key findings of a new report published today by consultancy Analysys Mason at a virtual event on “Delivering the Full-Fibre Gigabit Society” organised by Forum Europe.
The COVID-19 crisis has brought the key role of fibre networks for Europe’s future into sharp focus: shifting work and services online has boosted demand for and highlighted dependence on high-speed broadband connectivity. With about 90% of all internet traffic in Europe carried over fixed broadband (FBB), full-fibre networks are vital in order to meet these increasing needs for gigabit connectivity.
“Europe needs to shift to a more “dirigiste” approach to meet the European Commission’s ambitious targets for the roll-out of very high capacity networks and of delivering the gigabit society”, said Ian Watt, Lead Enterprise Consultant, Custom Research Analysys Mason, author of the report. “In Europe, state involvement in the economy has suddenly grown, with the emphasis on longer-term solutions, not temporary fixes. Governments will look for the best-targeted measures to get things moving again. A focus on full-fibre as strategic infrastructure is a good place to start.”
“The aftermath of the crisis is expected to accelerate the need for gigabit connectivity, paving the way to even more digitally intensive ways of working, doing business, delivering public services, education or health. This will require adequate capabilities in terms of bandwidth, low latency and resilience,"said Franco Accordino, Head of Unit "Investment in High-Capacity Networks", DG CONNECT, European Commission.
“There is a proven role for governments to more actively promote the deployment of full-fibre networks. As a major contributor to the global ICT industry, Huawei is always willing to work closely with governments, operators and technology partners to achieve our primary goal – to build a better and fully connected world,” saidMartin Xu, President of Huawei Global Government Affairs.
“Full-fibre networks are able to achieve at least 60% more energy savings compared to other broadband technologies. Therefore, they can be an excellent component of Europe's Green Deal for a smarter and more sustainable future for all. Green fibre can be the cornerstone of the sustainability efforts of the European gigabit society, while also facilitating the digitisation that is here to support our Union's economic recovery,” said Dr Hui Cao, Head of Strategy and Policy at Huawei EU Public Affairs.
As we are heralding in the 5th generation fixed network era, ETSI is launching its new F5G Industry Specification Group, which strives to bring a new communication experience for homes, industries and cities, through a full-fibre world in order to achieve gigabit connections and deliver ultra-high bandwidth. Dr. Luca Pesando, Chairman, Industry Specification Group on Fifth Generation Fixed Network (F5G), at ETSI Standards stressed that “Fibre is fundamental in the evolution of communication networks: it is needed for many services provided on fibre directly to the end users, and fibre is the enabler for the mobile 5G disruptive services to become real.”