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TalkTalk intends to sell B2B business to Daisy

TalkTalk intends to sell its direct B2B business to The Daisy Group for £175 million. The two companies have each signed heads of terms on a proposed deal which would transfer all existing TalkTalk direct B2B customers to Daisy.

The deal includes around 80,000 small, small to medium and large businesses, and TalkTalk says that this represents less than 20 per cent of the company’s B2B revenues. The transaction is subject to contract, with the intention to complete in late July 2018.

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Alternative FTTP networks reaching nearly one million UK premises, says INCA

The Independent Networks Cooperative Association (INCA) and Point Topic have partnered to publish a new report: Metrics for the UK altnet sector Scale, coverage, ambitions, concerns. Amongst the key findings, the report reveals that nearly one million UK homes and businesses are now in reach of ultrafast full fibre connectivity via alternative network providers (altnets).

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Gigaclear selects Lite Access Technologies for West Oxfordshire full fibre broadband delivery

ABINGDON, UK – Rural broadband specialist, Gigaclear, has awarded international fibre-optic products and advanced installation methodologies, Lite Access Technologies, the contract to bring ultrafast, full fibre broadband to more than 10,000 properties to some of the most rural parts of West Oxfordshire.

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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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Openreach fibre first to ‘fire the starting pistol’ on major infrastructure upgrade

Openreach has pledged to bring high-speed broadband to three million UK premises by the end of 2020 as part of its newly launched 'fibre first' programme.

The move follows an earlier announcement by the UK government that it has met its superfast broadband target of 95 per cent of homes by the end of 2017 (see UK government delivers superfast broadband target, still more to be done).

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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

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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

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Switching off copper networks where fibre has been deployed is the end game, so why are so few operators doing it, wonders Pauline Rigby

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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

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