Expresso Newspaper - Economy: “A leader in Fibre”

Carlos Barroqueiro 43 years
is the new member of the Board of the FTTH Council Europe

 Expresso Newspaper - Economy – 12 May 2012

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FIBRE HORIZONS - The FTTH Council Europe Newsletter

FIBRE HORIZONS is a monthly newsletter published by the FTTH Council Europe and distributed to readers interested in fibre to the home networks and the activities of the Council.

In the Spotlight Financing FTTH: the key to success

Fibre-to-the-home projects have two quite distinct aspects: the provision of the access network infrastructure and the supply of services over that infrastructure. The two aspects of the project follow different timetables. It usually takes three to five years to deploy the optical fibre, even in small city-wide projects. In contrast, the market for telecommunications services is extremely dynamic, with new services and pricing structures being introduced on a scale of months, not years. This creates a challenge for investors and project managers.

CEO Interview: Carlos Barroqueiro, CBE

In the second of our CEO interview series, we speak to Carlos Barroqueiro, Member of the Board at the FTTH Council Europe, and CEO of CBE, a fibre installation and service company in Portugal. Thanks to the far-sighted decision to unbundle ducts, Portugal is one of the most dynamic FTTH markets in the world.

Barroqueiro believes that closer cooperation between the telecommunications and content industries would be productive as both can gain from the expansion of FTTH. "The mainstream film industry needs new ways to deliver content to consumers and generate new revenue streams," he said. "The independent film industry wants new distribution and consumer payment methods - this was the focus of the FTTH Conference session on 'Entertainment and Film Industry over the FTTH Era' in Munich last February. Today, physically distributing movies is expensive because of high costs - but downloading several digitised HD films each week is only possible if local distributors have ultra-fast connections."
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Interview with CEO of CBE





FTTH Council Europe


CEO Interviews

Carlos Barroqueiro, CEO of CBE, shares his view on the services and applications that drive FTTH uptake, including how the film industry and FTTH players could cooperate to find new revenue streams and financial business models.

Is enough progress being made in Europe’s FTTH/B market?

Developments are taking place, albeit slower than expected. World rankings show Europe is at an intermediate step on the path to FTTH, but growing faster than in previous years. The Nordics, Netherlands and Portugal are moving fast, while other countries like Spain and Germany are just starting their deployments. However, overall things look really promising, especially as the European Commission adopted its ‘Digital Agenda for Europe’ in 2010.

Portugal has one of the world’s most advanced, well-established regulatory environments. Ducts, poles and even in-building fibre networks are shared, although there is still much to be done regarding neutral network sharing. In 2011, we began deploying FTTH rural areas access networks, with the goal of covering 100% of Portugal and its islands. CBE is an active player in this.

Your company is based in Portugal, one of Europe’s FTTH leaders. How do you see further development of the Portuguese and European fibre markets?

Portugal has successfully deployed almost 2 Million homes - nearly 50% of total households - and started building rural areas. Also, operators Portugal Telecom, Vodafone and Optimus have made important strategic investments in FTTH over the past 4 years. FTTH is today’s fastest growing broadband technology, according to Portuguese regulator ANACOM. Several operators’ publicity and marketing investments, with ‘fibre’ as a key factor in advertising, have led to widespread public recognition and awareness. Portugal and Europe will increasingly deploy FTTH as the only future-proof infrastructure. Though operators are still investing in their legacy networks, these are already outdated and can hardly meet today’s Next Generation Access specifications. Also, fibre’s long-term gains are significantly greater.

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