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Altice plans FTTH upgrade across its entire US footprint

Cable operator Altice USA has decided to skip over DOCSIS 3.1 upgrades and invest in a full fibre to the home (FTTH) deployment across its entire network footprint, in a project that is expected to be complete within five years.

The fourth largest cable company in the US following its acquisitions of Suddenlink and Cablevision, Altice USA is also the first major cable provider in the country to announce a large-scale fibre deployment plan.

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CityFibre accelerates roll out of fibre to UK business parks

Alternative network operator CityFibre plans to roll out fibre network in more than 500 business parks in the UK – addressing a gap in the broadband market that has not been satisfied by the incumbent, the company says.

More than 22,000 small and medium businesses could benefit from low-cost access to gigabit-speed internet services delivered over the new infrastructure in or near CityFibre’s existing networks. An entry level, ultra-fast, symmetrical service will be available at an expected retail price of £120 per month.

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Telefónica tests Nokia's XGS-PON technology in the lab

Telefónica is preparing to upgrade its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network with next-generation passive optical network (PON) technology. To this end, the company has successfully tested Nokia's XGS-PON equipment in its labs.

Delivering speeds of 10Gb/s both downstream and upstream, XGS-PON provides a simple upgrade path from the current GPON technology deployed by Telefonica. The use of XGS-PON will allow Telefonica to quickly deliver new gigabit services to customers using existing GPON platforms and technology.

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BT Openreach launches gigabit speeds to consumers

Openreach, BT’s local network business, has announced that it will more than double the speeds available over its fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network, boosting the maximum download speeds available from 330Mb/s to one 1Gb/s.

The new faster services will be available to homes and businesses across the entire FTTP footprint. The company’s wholesale FTTP network currently passes more than 327,000 homes and businesses, which is on track to double in size over the next 12 months and reach up to two million premises by the end of 2020, according to BT.

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TE SubCom begins work on MAREA transatlantic cable

Submarine cable specialist TE Subcom has been named the system supply and installation partner for the new MAREA submarine cable system across the Atlantic Ocean.

Announced by Facebook and Microsoft in May 2016, MAREA will be the highest-capacity subsea cable to ever cross the Atlantic – featuring eight fibre-pairs and an initial estimated design capacity of 160Tb/s.

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Ucom and Calix partner to bring NG-PON2 to Armenia

Calix will collaborate with innovative Armenian communications service provider Ucom to bring the benefits of NG-PON2 across the country to deliver an unmatched broadband experience to the company’s wireline and mobile subscribers.

With initial trials scheduled for early 2017, Ucom is planning to roll out new 10Gb/s business and mobile backhaul services, as well as to converge its residential and business networks onto a single infrastructure, in order to simplify operations.

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Swisscom in first commercial launch of G.fast in Europe

Swisscom believes it has become the first European service provider to launch commercial services based on G.fast technology.

Since September 2016, only G.fast-compatible 16-port hardware has been used for the operator’s Switzerland-wide fibre-to-the-street (FTTS) expansion. With FTTS, fibre-optic cables are laid up to a distance of around 200 metres from homes, and then the existing copper infrastructure is used to cover the remaining distance.

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Cost and compatibility can make a compelling case for pushing 100Gb/s bandwidth over a single optical channel, both as individual links and supporting 400Gb/s Ethernet, finds Andy Extance

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Robin Mersh takes a look at how the industry is creating next-generation optical access fit for 5G

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Technological advances to aid the increasing demand for bandwidth, on the path towards the terabit network, should lead to optical signals that are flexible and adaptive, like water, argues Dr Maxim Kuschnerov and Dr Yin Wang