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15 August 2011
State-owned telco P&T Luxembourg has announced that it will be launching commercial fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services under the brand “LuxFibre” in September.  When the offer is launched, around 85% of households will be able to connect at speeds of up to 30 Mbps and around 25% at speeds of up to 100 Mbps.
The Luxembourg government has set one of the most ambitious broadband targets in Europe.  It aims to have 100Mbps to every household by 2015, increasing to 1Gbps by 2020.  P&T Luxembourg expects to spend €500 million to install the necessary fibre infrastructure across the country, and currently has 550 personnel working on the deployment.
“The commercial launch of Ultra High Speed is the fruit of many years' work, painstaking planning and considerable investment on the part of the P&T teams,” said Jean-Marie Spaus, assistant managing director of the telecommunications department.
He continued: “The future is fibre optics. In today's world, the performance of infrastructures and telecommunications is undoubtedly a decisive factor in determining the attractivity [sic] of Luxembourg and the competitiveness of all its companies and clients.”
P&T Luxembourg’s network will be open to other service providers, and the plans were approved by the national regulator this month. The telco says that other service providers will be able to buy wholesale products or use the network to develop their own services.
By Pauline Rigby