UK start-up operator, British Fibre Networks has started work on its first installation - a new build apartment block in North Wales for housebuilder, LW Group. The company says that it will begin further work shortly on developments in Cheshire and Liverpool.
Tens of thousands of homes in both Cardiff and Liverpool are in the final stages of being connected to ultrafast broadband under the first phase of Openreach’s ‘fibre first’ programme, Openreach managing director, Kim Mears announced during visits to both cities this week.
Huawei and Nokia have been selected by Openreach to help deliver its UK rollout of fibre to the premises (FTTP) technology to approximately three million homes and businesses by the end of 2020.
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.
UK Chancellor, Philip Hammond announced in his speech at the annual Confederation of British Industry (CBI) dinner a pledge to make full fibre to the premises (FTTP) connections available to most homes and businesses by 2025 as part of the government’s Modern Industrial Strategy.
BT has set out its latest strategy update as part of the incumbent’s full year results for 2017-2018. Revealed in the update is the intention to increase its FTTP and mobile infrastructure investment within an annual capex allocation of around £3.7 billion.
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).
The UK’s Local Government Association (LGA) has called for housing developers to adopt council proposals for a fibre to the premises (FTTP) kitemark for new build homes to make it clear to prospective buyers what they can from the internet connection in their new property.
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.
UK Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced the roll out of the Nationwide Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS), which is to provide vouchers worth up to £3000 for a small or medium sized business or £500 to residents to help with the costs of connecting to full fibre broadband.
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
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
Switching off copper networks where fibre has been deployed is the end game, so why are so few operators doing it, wonders Pauline Rigby
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