Openreach and Viavi partner for full fibre buildout

03 March 2021

Openreach is using Viavi's Optical Network Monitoring System (ONMSi) for its full fibre broadband deployment as its build programme reaches over 40,000 premises per week.

The former will use ONMSi for such functions are validating new construction, performing preactivation checks, and monitoring ongoing service, among other areas.

“Having a fast, reliable broadband connection matters more than ever, so we’re proud that our network has played a crucial role in keeping the UK connected during the pandemic. We’re also convinced that our new ultra-reliable and futureproof full fibre network will be a major catalyst in helping the UK to build back better," 
said Peter Bell, director, network technology at Openreach. “This year, our nationwide build programme has been gathering pace - passing 42,000 premises every week – and we’re determined to match that speed of deployment with the highest quality of build standards. “We want to maintain our position as the U.K.’s leading Full Fibre network by working with world class partners, and VIAVI’s innovations in remote fibre testing will help us monitor and accelerate our network build whilst making sure we continue to deliver great experience for customers.”

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EastNet full fibre WAN migration project

07 December 2020

Shire Hall in Cambs 

Shire Hall in Cambs 

MLL Telecom successfully delivers Full Fibre WAN service to public sector authorities in East of England - despite short timescales and the unforeseen challenges of Covid-19

In September 2018, following a competitive tender process, MLL Telecom was awarded a substantial contract to deliver and manage a full fibre WAN service on behalf of EastNet. This is the East of England Public Services Network (PSN) operated by a partnership of public sector organisations comprising councils and health trusts across Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes. The first phase of the contract - successfully completed in June 2020 - required the migration and upgrading of more than 550 existing ‘last mile’ legacy technology connections to full fibre.

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The networks of the future

01 December 2020

Joe Bombagi, director solutions engineering, UK & Ireland at Riverbed Technology

Joe Bombagi, director solutions engineering, UK & Ireland at Riverbed Technology

The rise in flexible working, triggered by Cocid-19, put a huge strain on networks. In some instances, as individuals overloaded the networks with bandwidth hungry applications such as video-conferencing tools and TV streaming apps, their resiliency was thrown into question too. This was caused by a lack of planning for unforeseeable events. After all, no-one could have predicted that the existing strategies that businesses had in place – to optimise workplace infrastructure and ensure staff could work productively without disruption – would become challenged overnight.

Fast forward a few months, as businesses begin to settle into a new and unpredictable normal, they are being forced into adapting their plans to maintain performance, drive productivity and support their workforce. In fact, to the majority of businesses, it has become clear that enabling employees to work from anywhere will be the key to success as they move forward. But in adapting working practices, companies need to ensure that they are taking the right steps to build network resilience at the same time. If they don’t, businesses risk opening the door to slow running and ineffective systems, hindering employee productivity and ultimately the company's ability to successfully maintain business operations.


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Spectrum secures landmark investment to deliver full fibre broadband

19 November 2020

Phelps on site 

Phelps on site 

Spectrum, the Cardiff-based broadband service provider, has secured a landmark investment from Infracapital, the infrastructure investment arm of M&G Plc and one of Europe’s leading infrastructure investors.

The deal provides cornerstone funding and enables Spectrum to push forward with its ambitious plan to build full fibre broadband infrastructure across south Wales, transforming the digital landscape for underserved communities within the region.


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