Also, a rumor of Charter picking Plume for WiFi, Full Fibre wraps up Leominster, Arvig manages expectations with CrowdFiber and European Space Agency goes sky-high with Adesto.
Openreach is testing a trench-digging tool, called a diamond cutter, that slices through carriageways and footways. The cutter leaves a channel and simultaneously feeds fiber-optic cables as it moves along the ground at a pace of almost 700 meters per day. That's more than 20 times the distance a two-person crew can go using traditional drill and excavation, Openreach said. And it's trialing remote nodes, where engineers install broadband equipment that boosts connections about 1.5 times their current reach while housed in existing roadside cabinets, an approach that can cut six months off the process and undisclosed costs compared with new-fiber deployment. The UK wholesaler is testing these out in 13 rural UK communities as part of its efforts to bring fiber cost-effectively to more of the country, especially less accessible regions.
The Long and Winding Road
When technicians find roads in rural areas, like this part of Lancashire in England, they may be very narrow, twisty and unpaved -- or blocked by sheep. (Source: Openreach)
UK wholesaler Full Fibre Ltd., which is using Openreach's Physical Infrastructure Access (PIA) when possible, is finalizing a build in Leominster, Herefordshire, that will cover more than 5,600 properties with high-speed broadband -- or just about the entire town, according to ISP Preview UK.
Broadband provider Arvig is using CrowdFiber's platform to woo new customers and keep existing ones. CrowdFiber's algorithm calculates the Internet speeds available within Arvig's footprint, depending where a customer's premises is located related to the nearest network node, the network-access technology used and other factors. With reasonable expectations of speeds and latency, customers then can sign up for service via an online shopping card CrowdFiber provides.
Many Tier 1 MSOs have yet to choose between EPON and GPON, and their natural ties to IEEE standard-based technologies plus EPON's accelerated future timeline, could make this an attractive standard for large cable ops, ADTRAN engineering exec Jess Beihoffer tells BBWN.
The federal watchdog agency recommends the FCC consider eliminating the old cost-accounting program since it's more prone to fraud than the alternative reimbursement method among small, rural providers that receive about $2.5 billion annually to deploy broadband.
The strength of natural disasters like hurricanes is worsening, scientists say, and it's imperative that broadband infrastructures can withstand or be speedily repaired post-catastrophe, writes Fiber Broadband Association President and CEO Lisa Youngers.
After suffering many quarters of financial and broadband subscriber losses, Frontier Communications' bond owners are ready for dramatic change – including a replacement for CEO Dan McCarthy (pictured), Bloomberg reports today, citing several sources.
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