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FTTH ISP Community Fibre Adopts ADTRAN’s 10Gbps XGS-PON Tech

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018 (2:43 pm) - Score 1,366
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London focused UK fibre optic ISP Community Fibre (CF) has announced that they’ve started to roll-out ADTRAN’s new symmetrical 10Gbps broadband capable XGS-PON technology to homes and businesses. The first to benefit will be those at the Steel Yard, a music venue in the city centre.

Last month the provider’s CEO, Jeremy Chelot, informed ISPreview.co.uk (here) that he aspired to extend their Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) network to cover more than 1 million UK premises with 10Gbps capable broadband by 2025. As part of that he also revealed that their residential packages are currently based on GPON, whereas the business packages operate on XGS-PON (ITU-T G.9807.1) or Point-to-Point fibre technology.

The good news is that CF has now done a deal to adopt ADTRAN’s Symmetric Passive Optical Network (XGS-PON) solution for both homes and businesses, although they’re not the first to do this. Back in June 2018 Call Flow Solutions sibling ISP brand – Trooli – became the first in the UK to make commercial use of ADTRAN’s new equipment (here).

Jeremy Chelot, Community Fibre CEO, said:

“We are seeing tremendous interest for Gigabit and above service offerings, and expect that having the first commercially available 10G service in London will make any building on our network more attractive to bandwidth-hungry tenants looking for a new space to call home.

A 10G service means that our customers have the bandwidth needed to be as connected, entertained and immersed as they could possibly want, and still provide room for emerging automation-based and 5G services that we expect to hit the market in the coming years.”

Ronan Kelly, ADTRAN CTO for EMEA and APAC, said:

“Community Fibre is focused on one of the most highly desirable and underserved demographics in the UK and is committed to meet and exceed a level of customer service that is unmatched in the market. Community Fibre has access to our wealth of network, market, planning and technology experience as they plan to aggressively roll out services throughout the UK’s urban markets.”

We should point out that at present CF has little need to offer residential consumers faster speeds than 1Gbps (most people still can’t make use of all that performance, let alone the dizzy heights of 10Gbps), although by upgrading their equipment they’ll be ready to adapt in future years, if required.

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  1. Avatar chris conder

    The beauty of a real fibre network is that you can deliver 100, 1000 or 10000 mbps (or even more) symmetrical to customers, it is a furtureproof solution. With other technologies you can maybe satisfy current demands in some areas, but it isn’t scaleable like fibre is. That is why it is criminal to keep subsidising fttc, it is so yesterday.

    • Avatar FibreFred

      But… as has been said before so many times….

      FTTC is a stop gap solution. Faster and cheaper to deploy.

      People don’t want to wait on ADSL2 for years whilst a full fibre rollout takes place.

      FTTP will come, but people won’t wait on ADSL until it is.

    • Avatar A_Builder

      @FibreFred

      The utility of further extending FTTC from what exists is very marginal.

      The areas that mostly don’t have FTTC now are areas where FTTC won’t serve the mass very well ie PCP’s with a lot of very long lines.

      If the 10k+ / week FTTP roll rate can be maintained then people would be better of waiting than time and effort being wasted on stop gap tech that is already getting to its sunset.

      For most of the people on very, very long lines FTTP is the only viable solution. And yes there does need to be a rural roll rate as well but this may be more in OR interest that you would think if OFCOM were to allow “copper switch off” as the potential cost savings on maintaining long dodgy rural copper lines are quite big.

      Actually OR are a bit stuck: they can’t really reduce the roll rate very much otherwise they just gift all their trained FTTP teams to the opposition……who are as other recent posters on the threads have pointed out are desperate for trained fibre bods. Just a thought!

    • Avatar FibreFred

      Sorry I’m talking about past tense. Not current. FTTC started rolling out about 10yrs ago. I’m saying no-one would have wanted to wait 10yrs on ADSL, plus whatever the time is taken to roll out FTTP everywhere from now.

    • Avatar Meadmodj

      @chris conder. Scalability depends on the quality of the fibre and connection practice. Upgrading of previous FTTP implementations will require equipment change. It is sensible for new installs to include a level of enhancement but only if it costs in.

    • Avatar Brin

      Hi Chris, we had good news today. MYFI are one of the finalist for the 2018 EU Broadband awards. Nearly finished , in another week most of our 190+ customers will be connected.
      940 down 940 upload zero ping ( 0.4) Brin
      http://www.myfi.wales

    • Avatar A_Builder

      @FibreFred

      Ah yes: we are in agreement then.

      FTTC made perfect sense as an enhancement from ADSL(s) 10 years ago.

      Having to wait 10 yrs to jump from 18Mb/s to 1000Mb/s would not have made much sense for UK PLC’s economy in the interim.

      Although I would argue that if there had been an FTTP roll our at even 7.5k per week for 10 years then we wouldn’t be having this conversation at all.

    • Avatar CarlT

      Delighted you are cool with PON as a scaleable solution, Chris. It isn’t the approach B4RN and some others take but it’s perfectly good technology for sure. 🙂

  2. Avatar Neb

    Anyone know what sort of split ratio they do/will do per 10Gb symmetric port?

    • Avatar CarlT

      32:1 or 64:1 are the usual suspects. Either way neither are a problem for selling symmetrical 1G services on.

    • Avatar Neb

      Thanks CarlT, makes sense as their beating the 100Mbps guaranteed by BT with 156Mbps on 64… and we won’t mention the rest.

    • Avatar CarlT

      The contention ratio will be far higher outside of the PON part, Neb, and it really won’t be a problem.

      People use just a few Mbps at peak load times. As long as a network never hits 100% it really doesn’t matter how heavily contended it is.

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