Back from the (virtually) dead

I've been travelling these last few days with a bad combination of available time or wifi access (ie. I never had both at the same time). The usual consequence of being back is that the workload hs gone through the roof. I have an idea for a somewhat controversial post this week hopefully, so bear with me, but in the meantime, a quick round-up of interesting tidbits from the in-tar-net.

Chris Marsden points us to an issue that Lithuanian incumbent TEO has hit with its fiber open access rulings (or lack thereof): Lithuanian Fiber Falls Foul of DG INFSO. Besides the specific issues around TEO in this instance, this highlights (to me) the need of a much clearer re-definition of open access both theoretically and institutionally. It's an area that I intend to work on in the next few months.

Brough Turner points to a property development scam involving fiber to the home (Community Fiber Ripoff) where developers will include communications as part of the initial community contracts and the tenants suddenly find out they're stuck with a lousy service for 25 years. Beware, people !

Herman Wagter's long and detailed article about Amsterdam Citynet is required reading for anyone interested in FTTH. It's entitled How Amsterdam was Wired for Open Access Fiber and goes into a wealth of details on how to finance, deploy and position a municipal fiber project. As Amsterdam Citynet is probably the landmark European FTTH project (alongside Stokab) it's really great to get that level of in-depth insight.

I had a lengthy discussion with some European counterparts last week about the dangers of cabinets. It's something I've already covered in the past, and that my good friend James likes to blog about and photograph. The following bit of news was forwarded to me following these discussions last week and illustrates the risks/ It's an article called Copper Thieves Disconnects Virgin Media customers in Leeds. It's a classic tale of copper lust made possible by frightfully unprotected cabinets.

Costas Troulos has two interviews up from the Lisbon conference. Once with Francisco Joya of Citynet Espana, a company that deploys networks in sewers and is considering it's own municipal open access play, and one with Kai Seim, German FTTH expert and consultant.