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Openreach partners with Viavi for full fibre buildout

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Openreach is using Viavi's Optical Network Monitoring System (ONMSi) for its full fibre broadband deployment as its build programme reaches 42,000 premises every week.

Openreach will use ONMSi for such functions are validating new construction, performing preactivation checks, and monitoring ongoing service, among other areas.

Peter Bell, director, network technology at Openreach, said: “Having a fast, reliable broadband connection matters more than ever, so we’re proud that our network has played a crucial role in keeping the UK connected during the pandemic. We’re also convinced that our new ultra-reliable and futureproof full fibre network will be a major catalyst in helping the UK to build back better.

“This year, our nationwide build programme has been gathering pace - passing 42,000 premises every week – and we’re determined to match that speed of deployment with the highest quality of build standards.

“We want to maintain our position as the U.K.’s leading Full Fibre network by working with world class partners, and VIAVI’s innovations in remote fibre testing will help us monitor and accelerate our network build whilst making sure we continue to deliver great experience for customers.”

Openreach has set a target to deliver 20 million homes passed with fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) by the mid-to-late 2020s, assuming it has the right investment conditions. The company is on track to reach 4.5 million premises by the end of March 2021.

However, the UK's full fibre roll out has faced a number of issues, including a reduction in government funding. Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to announce further support in his 2021 budget on 3 March.

 

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