Pure-play mobile operators like O2 and Vodafone in Europe are looking to enter the fixed broadband market through local loop unbundling options that allow them to attain and deploy DSL equipment. Vodafone's management restructuring last week included a new division headed by CTO Thomas Geitner that will focus on converged IP services and IMS and a centralized service delivery platform architecture, which it couldn't do if it was simply wholesaling a DSL provider's services. Reports circling the Internet claim that Alcatel has already made a pitch to Vodafone and other vendors may have, too.
For more information on Europe's carriers entering the DSL market:
- check out this article from Light Reading