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Openreach Pick STL to Provide Optical Cable Solutions for FTTP Rollout

Wednesday, April 14th, 2021 (12:32 pm) - Score 5,520
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Openreach (BT) has signed a strategic collaboration with network integrator firm STL, which will see the company provide optical cable solutions to help support the UK operator’s ongoing deployment of gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based broadband ISP networks to 20 million UK premises by 2025-30.

Under the deal STL will be responsible for delivering millions of kilometres of optical fibre cable to support the build over the next 3 years, which will build on and extend the existing technology and supply relationship between the two companies (this has so far spanned a period of 14 years).

In particular Openreach plans to take advantage of STL’s Opticonn solution – a specialised set of fibre, cable and interconnect offerings designed to drive performance improvements, including up to 30% faster installations.

On top of that the operator will also gain access to Celesta – a high-density optical fibre cable with a capacity of up to 6,912 optical fibres. This design is said to be 26% slimmer compared to traditional loose tube cables, allowing 2000 metres of cable to be installed in under an hour (less plastic is also involved).

Kevin Murphy, Openreach’s MD for Fibre and Network Delivery, said:

“Our Full Fibre network build is going faster than ever. We need partners like STL on board to not only help sustain that momentum, but also to provide the skills and innovation to help us go even further. We know the network we’re building can deliver a host of social and economic benefits – from boosting UK productivity to enabling more home working and fewer commuting trips – but we’re also trying to make this one of the greenest network builds in the world. So, it’s good to know that STL’s compact and efficient designs will contribute to this in a significant way.”

At present some 4.5 million premises have already been covered by Openreach’s new FTTP network and this is growing at an average rate of 42,000 premises passed per week.

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By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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5 Responses
  1. Leslie Bottom says:

    Openreach is supposedly going all out with fibre ,but l can’t even get broadband at home ,been waiting 46 days now and still no further forward, disgusting

    1. CarlT says:

      They’re up to nearly 10,000 premises of full fibre passed every working day now so they’re doing alright on that score.

    2. GNewton says:

      “so they’re doing alright on that score.”

      Well, you forgot to mention that they playing catchup here.

      This country is more than a decade behind of where it should be by now. Nothing to be proud of.

      And there is no serious strategy to do something for the many areas which happen to be on the wrong side of the increasing digital divide.

  2. Thomas Reeve says:

    10.000 connections established daily.This is perhaps the reason why I cannot get Vodafone interested in repairing my LANDLINE WHICH HAS NOW BEEN OUT OF ORDER/DISCONNECTED FOR OVER A YEAR. I pay monthly for this service, which I need urgently, but Vodafone couldn’t care less. Seven phonecalls has not made any result. Vodafone always has some strange task I have to carry out, like open the junction box and take a picture. Of course that takes some time. So when I return to the my mobile phone, guess what, yes you guessed correctly – I’ve been disconnected. I have no where of finding out who I was talking to. And every time I call I will have to go through variations of similar situations and all effort totally wasted – I have still NOT BEEN CONNECTED.

    1. GNewton says:

      Then how did you manage to post on this forum?

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