Oxford -- ADTRAN, a leading provider of next-generation open networking and subscriber experience solutions, today shared news that new fiber-network operator Zzoomm selected ADTRAN as its technology partner to build a 10G FTTH network to serve suburbs and towns across the United Kingdom.
Currently, only 2 million homes out of the U.K's approximately 30 million homes and businesses have access to fiber networks and the high-speed broadband services they deliver. Zzoomm recently announced the official launch of its full fiber network and will begin construction this summer with the goal to connect one million of these previously underserved properties over the next five years. This 10Gbps service-capable network will afford these communities access to the most advanced residential and business applications available now and into the foreseeable future.
The operator is specifically targeting its services to suburbs of major cities, including London, as well as towns and smaller cities across the U.K. These communities are currently underserved by existing operators using copper-based infrastructure. Zzoomm will leverage the ADTRAN 10G fiber access platform with XGS-PON to support a highly-economical, symmetric 10Gbps service delivery solution at competitive broadband price-points.
"Zzoomm's goal is to connect our subscribers with the services needed to work, learn and play when and where they want. To accomplish that, we need a technology partner that is keen to understand our business and what we need to meet our goals," Zzoomm Chief Executive Matthew Hare said. "ADTRAN makes us feel like a valued customer, while also providing the expertise to help us build a strong 10G network foundation that will support the broadband requirements of these areas now and decades into the future."
In 2010 Hare founded Gigaclear, an ultra-fast rural fiber broadband provider, which Infracapital acquired last year for £270 million (approximately $365.5 million).
"ADTRAN is enabling operators across Europe, like Zzoomm, to make significant progress in connecting homes and businesses to advanced services that enhance subscriber experience and quality of life," ADTRAN Chief Technology Officer for EMEA and APAC Ronan Kelly said. "Our collaboration with Zzoomm to build a 10Gbps service-capable network is another proof-point that the market is choosing 10G PON technology over the previous FTTP solutions deployed over the past decades."
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