The European FTTH Council conference was held in Milan earlier this month. It was the biggest draw so far with more than 3,000 visitors and an overall success: one more illustration that fiber access deployments have reached a critical mass. Service up-take numbers remain rather disappointing according to a recent study of the FTTH Council Europe. On the brighter side, operators are starting to make available services at 500Mbps and even 1Gbps.
The location for this year FTTH conference in Europe could not have been better. FastWeb, Wind, and Vodafone Italia had announced last Spring that they would partner to build a shared FTTH infrastructure in 15 cities. Since then, a series of announcements crystallized once again the difficulties to see a new shared infrastructure taking ground. No later than the week before the European FTTH conference, Telecom Italia carefully expressed its interest in acquiring MetroWeb, the main dark fiber operator in Italy.