Goldman & Antin just bought CityFibre for $750M, a rich price. Fiber is back, bigtime. Pension funds and others want long term investments they believe will have a regular return. CityFibre has a deal with Vodafone to build fiber to 1M homes. (Below) With the new investors, CityFibre plans 5M homes. They expect costs under $1,000/home. probably well under.
Enel Open Fibre in Italy just collected $3.5B towards an $8B plan. AT&T has added $1B to raise the 2018 fiber build to 4M. Telefonica is over 15M homes passed, about 75% of Spain. Orange is not far behind in France & Spain. Iliad/Free is now up to 6M in France after a very slow start. Liberty Global is doing millions of lines. Bell Canada, Telus, and even Telefonica Brazil are doing millions more.