One of the UK’s major construction companies, Carillion, has been forced to enter liquidation. The move comes following unsuccessful talks with potential lenders and government to try to rescue the business, which provides services to the defence, education, health and transport sectors. Alongside its partner telent, Carillion is also a supplier to two big name firms in building out broadband.
Gigaclear has purchased the assets of troubled rural broadband provider Aylesbury Vale Broadband Ltd (AVB). The sale was agreed by the majority shareholder Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) at a meeting of its General Purposes Committee on 20 November 2017.
Vodafone and CityFibre have announced a long-term strategic partnership to bring fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) infrastructure to up to five million UK homes and businesses by 2025.
The partnership represents ‘one of the most significant developments in UK telecommunications since the launch of ADSL broadband around 17 years ago’, the companies said in a statement.
Openreach, the access network division of BT Group, said there is broad industry support for the wider roll out of fibre to the premises (FTTP) in the UK, and that it should be part of a major ‘copper switchover’ across the UK – which would see old telephone cables retired.
Deciding how to recover the costs of such a major investment will be critical, with Openreach suggesting that increased wholesale charges could be used to share costs across all end users, not just those who opt for higher speeds on the new platform.
ABINGDON, UK – Rural broadband specialist Gigaclear has awarded Carillion telent a contract to bring ultrafast full fibre broadband to more than 80,000 properties in some of the most rural parts of South West England.
The work will start immediately, with the first customers coming on stream early in 2018 and the full roll out complete by the end of 2019. Gigaclear’s network will give homes and businesses in the area access to speeds of up to 1Gbps (1,000Mbps), where previously they have struggled with speeds as low as 1Mbps.
Local authorities in six different regions of the UK will set up pilot schemes designed to stimulate commercial roll-out of gigabit broadband networks, it was announced on Sunday.
The pilots are the first stage of a four-year, £200 million government programme to develop ‘local full fibre networks’, as outlined in the Spring Budget. The six projects will get around £10 million between them to test innovative approaches to connecting offices and public sector buildings with fibre infrastructure.
BURY ST EDMUNDS, U.K. – A simplified rebate system and the inclusion of smaller developments from 40* plots upwards: the exclusive package agreed with the Home Builders Federation (HBF), provides members with GTC's reliable, high-speed UltraStream300 Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) on new-build sites at discounted rates. This new deal benefits housebuilders by widening the range of developments qualifying for the scheme and by further reducing the cost of installing the latest high-speed fibre for their customers.
Oleg Khaykin, CEO of Viavi Solutions, speaks candidly to Fibre Systems about how to compete in the challenging world of communications test and measurement
Hao Dong describes how innovative optical fibres and cabling could provide substantial benefits for connecting data centres across a wide range of distances
Richard Ednay considers whether fibre characterisation needs to be modified to suit modern optical communication systems that are likely to include coherent transmission
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