Test partner selected for UK fibre roll-out

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UK digital infrastructure provider, Openreach has selected the optical network monitoring system (ONMSi) from Viavi Solutions to accelerate its full-fibre broadband deployment across the country. 

This falls under works by the provider as part of its target to deliver 20 million homes passed with fibre to the premises (FTTP) by the mid-to-late 2020s, assuming it has the right investment conditions. The company is on track to reach 4.5 million premises by the end of March 2021.

The platform was selected for its ability to address networks remotely, reducing the need for costly engineering visits. This includes everything from validating new construction, to performing preactivation checks, to monitoring ongoing service It enables fibre build monitoring processes to be fully centralised, and automated with Openreach OSS and field app requirements. This solution drives actionable insights across the field and contractor labor workforce to establish a traceable, guided process that results in high-quality, error-free network build, reducing the element of risk and with robust governance and compliance processes in place.

Peter Bell, director, network technology at Openreach said: ‘Having a fast, reliable broadband connection matters more than ever, so we’re proud that our network has played a crucial role in keeping the UK connected during the Coronavirus pandemic. We want to maintain our position as the UK’s leading full fibre network by working with world class partners, and Viavi’s innovations in remote fibre testing will help us monitor and accelerate our network build whilst making sure we continue to deliver great experience for customers. 

Manuel Mato, vice president, EMEA at Viavi added: ‘Viavi has a longstanding relationship with Openreach, whose deployment and maintenance teams are utilising our test solutions for their existing broadband networks. Over the last two years, we are pleased to have extended our partnership with Openreach to include the ONMSi platform, which proved to deliver significant improvements in scale, speed, and quality of FTTx networks.’

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