In the latest round of funding designed to bring nationwide fiber across Britain, the government is encouraging commercial investment in anchor institutions, businesses and homes.
The initiatives are part of £1 billion in funding unveiled in 2017 by the Chancellor, including the £190 million Local Full Fibre Networks (LFFN) Challenge Fund. The latest round of money -- made up of the remaining £95 million from LFFN -- is expected to accelerate deployment of gigabit fiber infrastructure and Britain's preparation for 5G via updated, future-proof wireless networks.
"We want to hear from any local authority interested in taking part so we can work closely with them on their plans to help them secure funding," said Minister for Digital, Margot James said, in a statement. "The final decision on funding will be made by the Local Full Fibre Networks Investment Panel, who will assess the proposals, placing particular importance on a number of areas..."
Rural focus: Projects showing effective delivery of full-fiber networks in remote, rural and hard-to-reach areas
5G: Also called barrier busting, these solutions overcome hurdles to commercial rollouts of fiber and 5G
Public sector productivity: Aimed at the public sector -- such as empowering Britain's nationalized health agencies to use telemedicine or give schools access to cloud-based tools -- these solutions leverage new wired or wireless infrastructure to improve community life
Market development: Here, projects specifically target full-fiber development in a specific area, including incentivizing aggregation.
"The UK is lagging behind the rest of Europe -- and much of the world -- in the race to high-speed Internet," said Manuel Mato, vice president of EMEA at VIAVI Solutions. "Globally, the UK is now #22 out of 49 countries concerning gigabit connectivity, lagging behind countries such as Moldova and Hungary, according to our own research. Ultra-fast Internet will be a key driver for growth and jobs in the UK. A key consideration, however, will be ensuring that these networks to perform reliably and seamlessly."
While 301 million people across 49 countries have access to gigabit Internet, and 12.5% of them live in Europe -- including the UK and Russia (second only to North America at 14.9%) -- Britain is not in the top 10, according to VIAVI's "2018 Gigabit Monitor."
There is no date for submissions; rather, local organizations that wish to bid must submit an "expression of interest" to the program. Government officials will assess projects and will assist in tweaking, as appropriate, according to British authorities.
In a flurry of activity throughout the week, Donald (DJ) LaVoy, Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development at the US Department of Agriculture, and his team spent about $145.8 million in the non-urban or suburban areas of seven states.
Calix reported revenue of $120.19 million – up 4% – in Q4 2019, putting a bounce in the step of company president and CEO Carl Russo and a shine to Calix's ongoing transition from hardware vendor to a provider of platforms enabled by cloud, APIs and subscriber experience.
Looking to curtail e-waste and improve the bottom line, BT will require customers to return routers and set-top boxes, although subscribers will not have to pay a fee when they receive regular broadband equipment.
Deploying DOCSIS 3.1 across its entire footprint gave Rogers Communications the ability to offer speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s,
contributing to a broadband segement that generated about 60% of the Canadian operator's $3.05 billion (US) in Q4 cable earnings.
It wasn't long ago that TV was ranked by subscribers as the most important service in the bundle provided by their communications service provider (CSP). Recent research indicates that for nearly three quarters of subscribers, broadband is now the most important service. Broadcast TV is the most important service to only 15% of North American consumers, replaced by OTT video streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+. In addition, many different competitors are moving aggressively to stake a claim in consumers' homes.
In 2020, CSPs need to fight back by transforming their business models, which are becoming more reliant on a single source of revenue: fixed broadband services.
This webinar will focus on helping CSPs transform their business models by placing a firm focus on delivering a sensational subscriber experience and by offering compelling new services that generate value for subscribers. These actions will reinforce the CSP's strategic position in the home network and position themselves for growth in the next decade.
Key topics include:
Being the first to market with WiFi 6 technology, in response to consumer purchases of new devices over the holidays;
Having the insights needed to proactively resolve issues, often before your subscribers even know that there are issues;
Providing help desk agents with the visibility they need to resolve common subscriber issues more quickly;
Delivering a mobile app, in response to consumer demands for the ability to do some things themselves, rather than having to call technical support; and
Addressing consumer concerns around device security, privacy and control with enhanced security and parental controls.
In this insightful Light Reading radio show, Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, will outline the key service provider challenges, deployment considerations, next-gen Gigabit technologies, and service models to win market share in the rapidly growing MDU market.