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CityFibre-Vodafone partnership to deliver first Scottish full fibre city

Aberdeen is set to become Scotland's first gigabit-speed fibre broadband city following an extended partnership between Vodafone and CityFibre to introduce a gigabit-capable full fibre broadband network under the two companies’ fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) programme. CityFibre will invest at least £40 million of private funds in the city-wide roll-out, after which nearly every home and business will be able to access to gigabit-speed broadband.

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TalkTalk in discussions for UK FTTP roll out

TalkTalk is in discussions with Infracapital with a view to rolling out full fibre across the UK.

The company announced within its Q3 results that it has agreed to create an independent company, representing 80 per cent Infracapital and 20 per cent TalkTalk, to provide fibre to more than three million homes and businesses across mid-sized towns and cities in the UK.

With a potential equity investment of up to £500 million, TalkTalk is to be a founding wholesale customer for the new company.

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Pilot Photonics raises almost €1M for optical comb source

Dublin City University spin-out Pilot Photonics has received an investment of almost €1 million from The Bank of Ireland Kernel Capital Funds in syndication with Dublin Business Innovation Centre (BIC).

Kernal Captial Funds is the largest source of equity funding for tech companies in Ireland; the investment is an endorsement of the start-up’s strategy as well as a means to expand the team and expand internationally.

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SKY Cable selects Calix AXOS for Philippines fibre transformation

Philippines cable operator, SKY Cable is using end-to-end systems from Calix to drive its expansive network transformation to fibre.

The plan is to transform its existing, traditional cable network into an ‘always-on’ software defined network, serving the greater metropolitan areas of Manila and Rizal, as well as Cavite and Laguna. The operator will also deploy AXOS DPx, and Calix WiFi enabled GigaHubs at subscribers’ homes and businesses. The new network will be built end-to-end on Calix AXOS.

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