Analysis & opinion

04 September 2017

Local authorities in six different regions of the UK will set up pilot schemes designed to stimulate commercial roll-out of gigabit broadband networks, it was announced on Sunday.

The pilots are the first stage of a four-year, £200 million government programme to develop ‘local full fibre networks’, as outlined in the Spring Budget. The six projects will get around £10 million between them to test innovative approaches to connecting offices and public sector buildings with fibre infrastructure.

31 August 2017

Britain has a reputation as a backwater when it comes to fibre-optic broadband connections that reach directly into consumer’s homes. Currently, only two per cent of households in the country have access to full fibre connections. But that looks set to change. This summer, some £500 million of equity and new debt have been invested in alternative network providers in the UK.

31 March 2017

The influence of cloud and hyperscale data centre providers like Facebook, Google and Microsoft on the optical components industry is going to deepen, according to speakers at OFC 2017.

13 March 2017

Openreach, owner of the UK’s access network infrastructure, will become a separate company with its own staff, management and strategy after BT Group reached an agreement with the regulator Ofcom, announced last Friday.

Calling it “the biggest reform of Openreach in its history”, Ofcom said BT has agreed to all the changes necessary to address its competition concerns, avoiding the need for more regulation.

27 February 2017

Pauline Rigby untangles the common misunderstanding we see when comparing the economic benefits of 5G and fibre broadband

19 January 2017

The legend of 5G grows mightier by the day. But before we can reach the promised land, core networks will require upgrades to shoulder the burden of the market’s ever-increasing demands for bandwidth, writes Paul Brooks of Viavi Solutions.

24 November 2016

This week, the UK government handed broadband operators a double helping of encouragement to deploy fibre networks all the way to homes and businesses.

In the Autumn Statement outlining its future spending plans, the government allocated £400 million over four years to invest in deployment of full fibre networks, while also offering a five-year moratorium on the business rates charged on fibre networks.

03 November 2016

It’s optical networking hardware Jim, but not as we know it: Facebook has unveiled Voyager, which it describes as the industry’s first white-box transponder and IP/MPLS routing solution.

The announcement was made at the first ever summit of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) in Facebook’s headquarters at Menlo Park, California, this week.

05 October 2016

LONDON - ADTRAN CONNECT EMEA 2016 - The European Commission’s new strategy for a gigabit society will narrow down the technology options for operators looking to invest in high-speed broadband networks, according to a former advisor to the Commission.

Speaking at the Adtran Connect EMEA event in London this week, Tony Shortall of consultancy firm Telage said that the proposed new telecom framework represents a “big shift in EU policy” that will push regulators and policy makers towards optical fibre-based networks.

18 May 2016

An industry coalition representing Britain’s telecoms providers has challenged Ofcom to deliver on its promises to reform BT’s Openreach subsidiary and future-proof Britain’s voice and broadband capabilities.

The coalition represents major consumer brands Sky, TalkTalk and Vodafone, as well as the Independent Network Cooperative Association (INCA) on behalf of ‘alternative network’ providers of next-generation infrastructure and connectivity.

24 February 2016

Nokia, Intel and major telecom operators have joined Facebook in a new initiative that aims to make it easier and quicker to design new telecom networks.

The Telecom Infra Project (TIP) is modelled on Facebook’s successful Open Compute Project for data centre networks, which has helped the social networking company save billions of dollars on infrastructure costs over the past few years.

05 January 2016

Generic and low-cost digital signal processing chips for coherent optical transceivers are required for the 100G metro market, argues Dr Maxim Kuschnerov

Digital signal processing (DSP) integrated circuits were an enabler of the transition from 10G and 40G interfaces to 100G in optical networks. These chips are instrumental in unravelling the information that is received using coherent detection, while compensating for several types of fibre impairments that would otherwise render the signal unintelligible.