21. 11. 2022
Unlocking next-generation fibre broadband in the UK market
by Simon Higgins, UK Key Account Manager
(3-minute read / 700 words)
Internet traffic has continued to climb exponentially as our dependency on reliable and ubiquitous connectivity has intensified following the global pandemic.
Now, our typical day-to-day activities include
attending virtual meetings, downloading and streaming videos, or accessing
emails. Subsequently, heightened expectations from consumers for increased
speeds and higher bandwidth inside homes and offices show no signs of waning
any time soon.
operators can only leverage new and emerging technologies such as 5G and the
Internet of Things by utilising a next-generation network that seamlessly supports
a platitude of services and bandwidth-hungry applications for the user. Governments across Europe and beyond have outlined
full-fibre targets and pledges in their quest to provide high-speed internet
access to every end-user’s doorstep. This is not a new phenomenon, as fibre
technology has long been heralded as the leading choice in providing ultrafast
connectivity swiftly and cost-effectively.
The growing influence of UK AltNets
The United Kingdom, however, has not yet
realised the full benefits of fibre connectivity, registering just 3.7% FTTP/B
household penetration as of September 2020. This has paved the way for independent
network providers (AltNets) to take up the call of delivering the vital
infrastructure to help future-proof the UK.
The UK Government announced its Project
Gigabit mission to invest £5 billion to level up remote premises and deliver
next-generation connectivity to homes and businesses. This level of desire to
deliver high-speed and consistent broadband to UK consumers has seen AltNet deployments
surpass one million connections for the first time in 2021, according
to a ‘Metrics for the UK Independent Network Sector’ report for 2022 from INCA
and Point Topic.
AltNets will play a key role in the years ahead
as they seek to meet roll-out targets and increase the number of homes passed.
However, with their growing influence, AltNets must now overcome key hurdles
such as building a robust supply chain, offering affordable services and delivering symmetrical and asymmetrical gigabit and
multi-gigabit data rates.
Breaking into the UK market
Operators must deliver improved quality
and reliability of broadband services to consumers inside the home to satisfy
their needs and prevent customer churn. The Coronavirus pandemic increased the
number of people working from home and the reliance on fixed broadband
services, with operators turning their attention to rolling out fibre
Internet Service Provider (ISP) Zzoomm has
ambitious plans to deliver the most advanced and reliable Fibre-To-The-Premises
(FTTP) broadband to one million UK premises in more than 85 towns by the end of
2025. Zzoomm deemed S&T Iskratel as the most appropriate partner
to help expand
its presence in the UK market and deliver multi-gigabit connectivity in a range
of challenging environments.
We supplied our compact Iskratel Lumia C16
and Lumia XG8 (XGS-PON OLTs), as well as Innbox X22
ONTs for the dual-box setup
at customer premises, delivering multi-gigabit services. With our flexibility
to tailor our solutions to specific customer needs beyond off-the-shelf
solutions, we have helped Zzoomm accelerate service deployment of ultrafast
connectivity and deliver significantly enhanced user experience to customers in
the UK. Zzoomm has adopted a dual-vendor approach for active equipment, guaranteeing
supply-side diversity, increased flexibility and reduced supply-chain risks.
Our complete XGS-PON access solution that included Optical Line Terminals
(OLTs) and Optical Network Terminals (ONTs) has allowed the broadband ISP to roll
out fibre to hundreds of communities across the UK.
A complete XGS-PON solution
GPON is still leading the way for worldwide
deployments, covering 70% shipment share in the market. However, this is set to
change rapidly, with XGS-PON expected to play an even greater role as network
capacity requirements and demands continue to grow. This next-generation
technology is a future-proof investment for operators as they can optimise
CapEx, achieve lower Total Cost of Ownership, faster time-to-revenue and a
With extensive experience in deploying
fibre solutions in challenging semi-rural and rural areas, we can address the
needs of operators in the UK market with our highly scalable XGS-PON/Combo OLTs
and range of ONTs. We look forward to playing our part in helping roll out
full-fibre and ultrafast connectivity across the UK in the years ahead.
UK Key Account Manager
Simon is a strong and experienced sales professional with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry.
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