What’s new with … BT and Cisco, ADTRAN, Gigabit UK, Digital platforms and services


BT’s decision to improve performance and service management for its multinational customers and the latest news from the hyperactive UK fiber broadband industry set the stage in today’s industry roundup. hui.

BT teamed up with Cisco deliver enhanced service performance to its multinational customers using the Cisco ThousandEyes Cloud platform and Internet Intelligence, which BT says can identify faults and performance issues at any time on a network, including cloud platforms. “Resolving issues related to a poor user experience is very painful for customers. The longer the outage, the greater the consequences for the business, ”said Scott Cowling, Director of Network Solutions at BT. “Together with our partner Cisco, we launched a managed service based on ThousandEyes to reduce the complexity of modern connectivity, deliver digital resiliency and enable customer success. ” Read more.

ADTRAN has stepped up its presence in the booming fiber broadband industry in the UK, where, according to Ronan Kelly, the company’s technical director for EMEA and APAC, it supplies its technology to around two-thirds of its 50s companies that are currently building fixed broadband services. access networks across Great Britain. As recently as today, it announced the provision of its software-defined XGS-PON technology to Netomnia, one of many new names in the UK fiber-optic broadband market, and an agreement to supply Wildanet , which is building a new network in Cornwall County, with its Total Access 5000 10G fiber access platform with XGS-PON technology.

Speaking of which … the UK government’s plans call for Gigabit broadband coverage will be available in 85% of the country by the end of 2025, and the latest statistics show the plan is more than halfway through its completion. To date, Gigabit (full fiber and / or DOCSIS 3.1) access covers 50.23% of all UK properties. The deployment of very high-speed infrastructure is accelerating as the number of providers continues to grow. Topping the list are Virgin Media, Openreach (BT), CityFibre and Hyperoptic, along with a range of other local and regional companies. At the same time last year, Gigabit coverage was 26.9%, just over half of what it is today. The only downside is that Gigabit broadband access is spotty in the UK with, for obvious reasons, most of the availability in towns and cities, as well as some remote rural areas that have been part of special initiatives. . The government says things will level out over the next few months and the country is on track to meet the 2025 target. Although there is a lot of positive energy at the Connected Britain event in this week in London, few people at the show believe the goal will actually be achieved, but not for lack of trying.

While on the subject of remote rural areas, a British company, Stratospheric Platforms Limited (SPL) of Cambridge, England is seeking to boost 5G connectivity in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland as well as the rest of Scotland through its hydrogen-powered High Altitude Platform (HAP) system that will provide a large area, high data rate, flexible, telecommunications capability. Operating hydrogen-powered unmanned aircraft from Prestwick Airport on the west coast of Scotland, each Stratomast HAP can cover an area of ​​15,000 square kilometers and simultaneously deliver high-speed home services to homes and businesses in rural and remote areas, as well as 4G and 5G mobile phones. coverage on standard mobile phones. A fleet of 21 planes, capable of covering 100% of Scotland, will only need eight offshore wind turbines to produce the electricity needed to produce hydrogen from seawater. The company says the year-round service availability will be greater than 99.9%. And, of course, there will be no need for ground stations, towers or other infrastructure. The company is backed by Deutsche Telekom and plans to ask SPL to provide full and ubiquitous geographic telecommunications coverage not only throughout Scotland but, in due course, also across the UK and across a large part of northern Europe. Wow!

The venerable International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Perhaps no longer wielding the power and influence he had in the heyday of the huge telecommunications exhibitions and conferences he held in Geneva in the 1990s and early 2000s, but a Important work in telecommunications development continues. Today, ITU announced the launch of the “Partner2Connect Digital Coalition” to “foster meaningful connectivity and digital transformation in the world’s most difficult-to-connect countries”. The coalition will operate through a ‘pledge and pledge’ mechanism to be launched in early 2022, providing a platform for governments, private sector companies, philanthropic entities, UN agencies , international or regional organizations, civil society, youth organizations and universities to make financial, political, advocacy and programmatic commitments. The 46 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) of the world are still struggling to extend connectivity to all their populations even as the Covid 19 pandemic forces more and more economic, educational and social activities online. While the accessibility and extent of broadband coverage is gradually improving in some LDCs, 75% of people in all least developed countries have not even started using the Internet yet. Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director of ITU’s Telecommunications Development Bureau, said: “Following the COVID-19 pandemic, ITU has stepped up its efforts to help countries rapidly expand connectivity to connect the 3.7 billion people who are still offline. , as well as the millions of communities around the world where connectivity is still too weak to provide significant benefits. Based on the principles of inclusion, partnership and SDG-driven digital development, the Partner2Connect Coalition can pave the way for the Global Digital Compact and the 2023 United Nations Summit of the future.

Broadband satellite battle looms in the stratosphere as supporters line up behind OneWeb, the British government-backed operator who is re-entering conflict after an almost fatal flirtation with bankruptcy, and Star link, the Elon Musk-backed constellation that aims to dominate the provision of connectivity services from space. OneWeb had seemed somewhat shaky just 14 months ago, when it escaped bankruptcy protection with a tax advantage from the UK government and India’s Bharti Global, since when it has attracted a number other stakeholders including Korean conglomerate Hanwha Systems Co., Eutelsat, SoftBank, Hughes Network Systems and others as it builds its planned network of 650 low earth orbit (LEO) satellites, of which 322 are already in orbit. It has also attracted great telecom friends, including BT and, more recently, AT&T. Now, according to The Daily Telegraph, the European Union is considering an investment in the company, a move which is said to be linked to its efforts to support regional tech players (even if they are headquartered in a non-EU state). ). Such an investment would boost OneWeb in many ways and make it an even more viable alternative to Starlink, Musk’s SpaceX broadband satellite operation. Starlink is already providing early service to more than 100,000 users from approximately 1,700 satellites and is expected to exit “beta” operations next month. He is licensed to launch and operate around 12,000 satellites and it is believed he wants to launch even more to improve service delivery capabilities: this plan, with Musk’s substantial financial might behind him, and his Relatively advanced stage has already attracted supporters of telecommunications, most recently KDDI, which will use Starlink for backhaul connectivity from approximately 1,200 rural locations starting next year. Meanwhile, Amazon also wants to get into the act with its Kuiper project, but it has yet to launch any satellites. There is a lot of activity right now in the fixed and wireless terrestrial broadband sectors as investments in FTTH / P and 5G continue to increase, but also look at the sky because a very interesting story is shaping up in the sky.

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