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.
It faces an uphill climb, but Viasat is exploring a plan to build 300 low-earth orbit satellites that could deliver low-latency broadband service and qualify for the US Rural Digital Opportunities Fund.
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