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New UK Full Fibre Broadband ISP Zzoomm Begins Network Testing

Friday, April 26th, 2019 (8:52 am) - Score 5,382

New ISP Zzoomm, which was launched earlier this year by Gigaclear’s founder and hopes to cover 1 million homes with 10Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband tech by the end of 2024 (here), has said that they’ve “assembled and powered up” a full end-to-end test of their new access network ahead of its roll-out.

Last month the provider, which is being supported by an initial investment of £1m from CEO Matthew Hare, confirmed that they intended to use ADTRAN‘s next generation XGS-PON solution and equipment to deliver a 10Gbps capable “full fibre” service to any homes and businesses they cover (here).

At present the test bed they’ve built is merely designed to “simulate” their future network and is said to look like a “cabinet full of cream boxes and flashing lights,” although it does include internet connectivity, a 100Gbps core and edge connectivity and multiple XGS-PON Optical Line Terminations (OLT). Not to mention lots of Zzoomm’s yellow fibre optic cabling.

The test bed also has customer Optical Network Terminals (ONT) and broadband routers, to help replicate the set-up in a typical household. Like most new networks the ISP will use this to help validate their service management, provisioning, operations and network monitoring approach before building the real thing.

Zzoomm Statement

Zzoomm will be testing different software loads to ensure that the network runs reliably and importantly, the test bed will be used to introduce software and hardware failures to ensure that the resilience designed into the network delivers continuous service to customers. Our network won’t just be fast, it will be dependable too.

Getting the network testing underway is another big step towards bringing fast full fibre to homes and businesses across the UK. Get ready. Zzoomm’s coming!

The provider eventually intends to target the more commercially viable and lucrative urban areas, specifically smaller cities (e.g. Hastings, Amersham, Weymouth and Huntingdon) and the suburbs of larger cities (e.g. London and Birmingham). Under the current plan they expect their first deployments to take place sometime this summer 2019 and they’re busy trying to secure some solid investment partners in order to support the wider roll-out.

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12 Responses
  1. Avatar Bob

    Why sell gigaclear and start another, something fishy here….

    • Not really. A lot of money was offered, the money was taken and previous management went on to another business. Pretty normal. You don’t just retire from the industry you know after a big sale.

    • Avatar Joe

      I’m often surprised by how regularly companies take over and then sack/force out the old management (even when its actually pretty good) So then they go off and form a new company. (Not a comment on this case)

    • Avatar CarlT

      Bob, some people spend virtually their entire careers starting companies then selling them.

      Other people will only work for startups, stay there to help them grow, then leave once they reach a certain size and trajectory.

      Nothing at all strange about this. Some people form companies for the long haul, others love starting and building companies more than the ongoing running of them.

    • Avatar Fastman

      bob investors in gigaclear and other only invest to make a return on their money — they means the object of their investment getting sold — problem them that company becomes less of what it was and is driven more and more by they people who brought it (normally customers find that our first)– — . that normal and understood. but it means that days of plucky little gigalclear aginst nasty big bt – arer long over as gigaclear is part of a multinational corporate — the same will be expected to happen here

  2. Avatar Pete

    “Zzoomm’s yellow fibre optic cabling”

    As in standard OS2 9/125μm patch cables with the industry standard yellow jacket.

  3. Avatar Jim Weir

    Why didn’t they clean the rack first??

    I guess this is in Adtran demo lab / sandpit, and is a standard setup for customer testing / approval

    • Avatar Meadmodj

      Yes not the best advert. Particularly the glimpse of the rack next door and that RJ45 cable trapped under the door. The cream units are the Adtran 5000 OLT and there is a Small Business/Family ONT at the bottom. But the rest of the equipment doesn’t look like Adtran so presumably they are testing out various scenarios and as a startup simply can’t afford a Martlesham lab equivalent. It can’t be easy.
      At least we have moved on from the days when the comms rooms doubled as stationery cupboards etc.

  4. Avatar Moses

    Love that more and more fibre infrastructure for the British internet is getting more and more attention and investment by businessmen and women, hopefully, we can also get rid of our ancient copper wire infrastructure.

  5. Avatar Chris

    “We put a 10G fibre connection between two devices in the same rack”. Is that really news?

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