The benefits of superfast broadband are well established, but the best way of installing the fibre is still being debated. Established models range from fully government-owned fibre, through to fully privatised models that rely on service providers to get services up and running. Choosing the right model, and rolling out fibre deployments effectively using the chosen model, is a task that varies with geography, subscriber density, demand, and the willingness of telecommunications companies and government to invest in the backbone of the optical communications network.
As data demand ramps ever higher, researchers are looking to innovative amplifier designs to help transport a broader light spectrum through optical fibres, finds Andy Extance
Duncan Ellis shares his views about the increased focus on automation from network operators, and how the physical layer has so far stubbornly resisted the move
Switching off copper networks where fibre has been deployed is the end game, so why are so few operators doing it, wonders Pauline Rigby
With demand for fibre to the premises increasing, Keely Portway looks at the role training plays in ensuring installation skills remain available to meet this growing demand