FT changes its fiber strategy. After claiming that very high speed networks will not be its target in the next five years, FT announced it will invest up to €4.5bn to deploy its new fiber optic network across France to reach 4m customers by the end of 2012, and to maintain its current broadband access market share of about 50% of the customer base and 75% in the infrastructure. But, like DT, FT announced it will retain exclusivity on this new network for a while, against EU and French regulator recommendations.
China Netcom plans to spend 50% of its capex budget on broadband business this year.
Chunghwa Telecom (Taiwan) will spend $180m to build a new nation-wide fiber-optic network over the next five years.
UPC Romania plans an investment of $54m to improve its network in 2007.
Malawi's Access Communications plans to invest $56m to expand and build its infrastructure.