Test partner selected for UK full-fibre initiative

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Exfo has been chosen by Openreach to collaborate on its major initiative to accelerate full-fibre deployment, and enhance the quality of build and experience across the UK.

Following a competitive tender process, the contract was awarded to supply optical test heads and test access switching for this initiative. The test and monitoring firm is supplying its cloud-based Nova Fiber solution to assure the build, thereby avoiding costly return visits to fix connection problems.

After installation, Openreach will be able to remotely monitor its fibre infrastructure supporting the in-life operations of its service. Peter Bell, director, network technology at Openreach explained: ‘We’re convinced that our new full-fibre network can play a crucial role in keeping the nation connected. This year, our build has been gathering pace and momentum, and we’re determined to match that rapid speed of deployment with the highest standards of build quality build and customer service. 

‘Exfo will help us get there. As a long-term Openreach partner, Exfo was selected thanks to its proven ability to provide fast, automated qualification of fibre builds, and for its unique iOLM OTDR technology. We’re excited to lead the way as we continue to deliver high-quality network connections to homes and businesses across the UK.’

Wim te Niet, vice president, sales, EMEA at Exfo added: ‘Openreach is an early mover in adopting permanent fibre monitoring technology, which will eventually cover all households in the UK. We see a similar wave in other key European markets like Germany. I believe network operators across Europe will soon follow Openreach’s lead to ensure first-time-right installations, reduce turn-up failures, and substantially reduce truck rolls for service calls.’

 

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