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Go Fibre and Upp Adopt New UK Full Fibre Street Cabinets

Wednesday, Nov 15th, 2023 (1:28 pm) - Score 4,040

Network technology firm Xantaro has revealed that they’ve launched a new “turnkey street cabinet” solution, which is designed to support UK alternative networks with their rollout of gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband infrastructure, and it’s already been adopted by ISPs GoFibre and Upp (now acquired by nexfibre).

Most of us just think of street cabinets as those dull boxes that sit on pavements, and if that’s true then you might want to move on to another news item. But for AltNets there are a lot of different variations to choose from and each has its own mix of pros and cons. Xantaro appears to be trying to give such providers a compact and lower cost option, which can be used in both urban and rural environments.

The new cabinet (1400(h) x 1575(w) x 775(d) [mm]) is designed to serve over 8,000 homes and features three doors, offering secure separate access to power, passive equipment and active equipment. Xantaro’s solution also uses a heat exchange, rather than an external air cooler, which they suggest means “better protection from environmental elements, less noise pollution and requiring less maintenance.”

Key Features

Reliability: The AC meter compartment in the cabinet can be used for fault detection, enabling prompt maintenance. In the event of power outages, the cabinet can obtain 3-4 hours of battery backup. It can also connect to an external generator to keep it running for longer.

Security: The cabinet can be customised to utilise Finnish lock manufacturer, iLOQ self-powered digital locking and NFC-enabled mobile access management solutions. iLOQ’s battery-free locking solutions not only maximises cabinet security and minimises maintenance costs, but it also reduces battery waste. iLOQ provides an audit trail of who has accessed the cabinet and when. The cabinet also has detectors to sound relevant alarms (e.g., door contact, battery temperature, cooling alarm, smoke detector, power failure).

Energy efficiency: heat exchange cabinets are more energy-efficient because they do not rely on power-hungry air-con units, which reduces emissions and the need to change filters – enabling cost savings. The AC meter can monitor the cabinet’s energy efficiency, allowing technicians to identify areas for power optimisation.

Customisation: Xantaro can provide OOB (Out of Band) management solutions for remote access, centralised OTDR test heads, aggregation solutions and backhaul solutions.

The company says they also offer a fully managed end-to-end service, including pre-cable for additional equipment and external management solutions (where maintenance teams can dial in over a 4G connection so that the solution can be reconfigured remotely).

Stephen Kingdom, CTO at Xantaro, said:

“Following extensive research and development, we are proud to offer our Xantaro street cabinet that addresses the unyielding need for FTTH across the UK, while also building more sustainable networks for the future. With the market as competitive as it is, this best-in-class and economical solution will enable altnets to unlock new revenue opportunities and deliver connectivity to both those who need it most.”

Both Upp and GoFibre seem to like the new cabinet, which they describe as being reliable, secure and energy-efficient, but otherwise there’s not a lot more to say. Street cabinets aren’t really the most exciting of topics and we tend to be more interested in what they put inside, but it makes for a bit of a change to talk about the cabinet itself.

GoFibre are deploying a 10Gbps capable full fibre broadband service across the North of England and Scottish Borders, while Upp were doing something similar in the East of England – until nexfibre (Virgin Media O2) acquired them in September 2023 (here).

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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 X (Twitter), Mastodon, Facebook and .
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7 Responses
  1. Avatar photo mike says:

    Upp’s rollout seems to be continuing

    1. Avatar photo Danny says:

      Probably because it’s easier to rollout the infrastructure using the planning permission that’s already in place rather than having to reapply for it all due to a name change which would be slower than using the Upp name then once completed bringing it into the Nexfibre name

  2. Avatar photo Nathan says:

    Interesting very similar features to the cabinets Full Fibre Ltd use which I was lucky enough to film a tour of earlier this year

    They now use iLocks to secure the cabinets.

    1. Avatar photo Edgar says:

      Amazing! Judging by the intro song, are you also a fan of the movie “Electric Dreams”?

      Great movie.

    2. Avatar photo Nathan says:

      I sure am Edgar watch it every year!
      I also made this the other year Jeff Lynne Video (un)official Video

  3. Avatar photo Oggy says:

    “GoFibre are deploying a 10Gbps capable full fibre broadband service across the North of England and Scottish Borders.”

    They are in plenty of places in Scotland that aren’t in the Borders.

  4. Avatar photo Rich H2 says:

    Looks and sounds like a cheap Chinese telecoms cabinet with some added bells & whistles. The iLock europrofile handle system is good, but does not give much security from forced entry.

    Some fundamental design issues looking at the external design. It’s going to make a nice seat for kids and it’s going to collect snow which there are lots of in Scotland.

    The headline sales spin is the bare minimum a cabinet should offer. The devil is in the detail.

    Most fixed access Telecommunications cabinets do not have air-conditioning because the equipment is hardened.

    Heat exchangers are also something that are not required, forced air cooling is generally standard. Heat exchangers screams chinese manufacturing…

    Nexfibre will align Upp to their cabinet specifications.

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