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    Nokia and Xantaro look to speed spread of fibre in GB with altnets


    The two are to work with alternative fibre network providers (altnets) to provide connectivity of up to 10Gpbs to 2 million homes.

    Nokia has expanded it relationship with Xantaro which is supplying more than 10 alternative service providers (AltNets). Their build-outs range from the south-west and north of England, to parts of London and Scotland and Wales.

    Alternative service providers (AltNets) are building their businesses on full fiber deployments in areas with slow or no broadband availability, in urban and rural environments.

    Nokia’s aim is to improve broadband speed and fibre penetration by offering GPON, XGS-PON and 25G PON in a single unit.

    Case-by-case tech

    This enables service providers to choose the most appropriate deployment model in each use case and provides protection of long-term investment. Xantaro also has access to Nokia’s IP and optical solutions, and devices for consumers and enterprises, delivering Wi-Fi 6 and mesh Wi-Fi coverage inside buildings.
    Rob Hamnett, Sales Director at Xantaro, said, “Working with Nokia, we can offer AltNets the same leading technology that big nation-wide telcos around the globe are buiding their infrastructure on.

    “While subscribers benefit from a reliable Gigabit broadband service, the AltNets get a solution which grows with demand and provides a clear path towards future evolution of their fiber network, from 1 Gigabit up to 25 Gigabit speed.”

    Great Britain is lagging much of the rest of Europe in terms of fibre penetration, but altnets are attracting big investors, and the speed of deployment is also lagging behind France, Germany and Italy, according to the FTTH Council Europe’s figures.

    In other words, there’s plenty to go for.