"This report shows that the altnets are making great progress in both urban and rural areas," said INCA CEO Malcolm Corbett in a statement. "They are delivering the future-proofed digital infrastructure the country needs for long-term prosperity. The investment and competitive dynamic these companies have introduced mean that we will get ultrafast full fiber networks and high-speed wireless broadband much faster than simply relying on the incumbents."
These alternative broadband providers connected almost 1 million properties by the end of last year and are on track to pass almost 14.25 million UK premises with fixed broadband infrastructures by year-end 2025, according to the report, "Metrics for the UK Altnet Sector," released on Thursday. They're primarily using FTTH/B or FTTP.
BT has been under pressure to accelerate its deployment of fiber-based broadband and in February said it would expand its program to reach 3 million homes by year-end 2020; the previous goal was 2 million in that timeframe. Openreach is expected to attain the 10-million mark by mid-2020, CEO Clive Selley has said. (See BT & Openreach: Splitsville Ahead?)
Fiber is definitely king, but fixed wireless is also gaining traction among large and smaller providers, the research found. While almost 2 million premises will be able to order high-speed broadband by the end of next year, about 554,700 subscribers will leverage that option, Point Topic found.
In 2017, about 100,500 subscribers used altnets' fixed wireless access infrastructure in the UK, according to the study. Fixed wireless, while more difficult to assess than fiber, may have passed or addressed up to 2 million premises last year, Point Topic said.
Nokia kicks off a busy October by announcing a fixed access network slicing solution, PON interoperability approach and antennas that make a sound business case for 4G fixed wireless residential service.
With the availability of SD-Access products that leverage Amendment 3 Gfast capabilities like 212 MHz spectrum, DTA support and ability to deliver symmetric gigabit speeds, operators can quickly sate the needs of gigabit-hungry customers.
Telefónica Deutschland will use Deutsche Telekom's fiber-optic cable network to connect at least 5,000 mobile base stations to support 3G and LTE networks and prepare for 5G; to accelerate rollouts, DT will use artificial intelligence on some future fiber deployments.
With its recently opened South Atlantic Cable System (SACS), Angola Cables CEO António Nunes realized a personal goal — and connected Angola to North and South America, along with a world of new opportunities for the telco wholesaler and the continent it calls home.
After California enacted its own net neutrality law on Tuesday, heavy-hitting trade groups struck back Wednesday, filing a lawsuit to throw out a rule they claim extends beyond California and beyond the 2015 Order.
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