"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.
A report by a sustainability consulting firm, hired by CityFibre, determines Britain's lack of an all-fiber strategy restricts the nation's ability to reduce carbon emissions and reverse climate change. Your turn, BT.
A new study finds 75% of service providers expect all or most of their networks will be automated within a few years. This will help them meet enterprise SLAs but puts their vendors in direct competition with IT powerhouses.
Former Cox pro Mike Braham, who turned the MSO's Hampton Road business into a healthcare powerhouse, returned this year as vice president and general manager of Cox-owned Trapollo at a time when the operator's health-related business enjoys double-digit growth.
A2D, a wholesale carrier that builds and operates open-access networks for rural regions, will soon deploy new full-fiber infrastructure in Georgia that it will offer to service providers, municipalities and utilities as the backbone of their broadband services such as Internet, IP video and telemedicine.
ADTRAN expects a strong second half as CenturyLink's review eventually ends, it delivers on nbn purchase orders, Deutsche Telekom expands PON rollout, Gfast demand continues and its acquisition of leading EPON vendor pays off.
IPsec is an important security technology for virtually all communication service providers (CSPs). CSP requirements for IPsec are shifting away from proprietary gateways due to cost and other factors like vendor lock-in. CSPs now require high-performance IPsec on general-propose x86 servers as this move opens up their business to more vendors, and gives them greater control of their network, at a lower cost basis. CSPs are looking for IPsec vendor solutions where they can deliver server configuration options, which achieve their requirements for deployment in the central office as well as data center environments. This webinar will discuss IPsec performance on x86 COTS servers, covering:
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In this edition of BBWN Radio, Matthias Mieves, head of New Business, Sales and Marketing for Connected Home at Deutsche Telekom, will join BBWN Radio Editor Alison Diana to discuss the smart home market, the role of broadband and why service providers should roll out the welcome mat for this profitable market.