NExsT News edition 6 2023


Prysmian Group at Connected Britain 2023

Prysmian was a Platinum Sponsor at the UK’s most important connectivity event, which took place in London on September 20-21. Prysmian presented its complete FTTx cabling and connectivity portfolio, including the latest innovations for internal and external distribution, Karona Overblow system, and a range of fibre solutions.

Philippe Vanhille, EVP Telecom Division at Prysmian Group, took part in a panel titled “The changing investment landscape for the fibre market”. Vanhille explained how the global need for connection and infrastructure is moving the market is to leverage more on innovation, which will continue to be the main value creation driver.

Carlos Lopez, Telecom Sales Manager Prysmian UK, spoke in the Project Rollout stream “Supporting Full Fibre deployment in the UK”. He explained how smaller robust quality cables can be used in congested ducts, reducing packaging and transportation costs, and helping minimise the environmental impact and carbon footprint of network builds.

CityFibre launches UK’s first 2.5Gb/s symmetrical consumer broadband

CityFibre, the third-largest network provider in the UK, is providing gigabit-capable FTTP broadband across the UK. The independent British network provider is launching a wholesale 2.5Gb/s symmetrical consumer broadband product. This is initially available to ISP customers. Over the coming months it will be made available to all homes served by CityFibre’s XGS-PON platform. The new platform supports symmetrical speeds of up to 10Gb/s and can be upgraded to 50G PON.

Africa: slowest internet speed despite 5G and Starlink

A Cable Report shows Africa is still facing slow internet speeds, despite availability of facilities that should improve speeds, such as SpaceX's Starlink satellite broadband service and 5G infrastructure. Currently, the two last places on the worldwide broadband speed league table are occupied by the Sub-Saharan region (12th) and Northern Africa (13th). The Sub-Saharan region has an average download speed of 12.11 Mb/s. North Africa has an average speed of 9.81Mbps.

Deutsche Telekom expands FTTH footprint by 230,000

At the end of 2022 Deutsche Telekom, announced its plans to add a total of 2.5 - 3 m connections throughout 2023. The telecom company has expanded the number of FTTH connections to 6.4 million German households last July. 36 million households can sign up for broadband with a speed of 100 Mb/s or higher on the Deutsche Telekom network. Over 29 million households can subscribe to 250 Mb/s or higher.

USA: $930m in grants for ‘Middle Mile’

The US National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) administers grant programs that further the deployment and use of broadband and other technologies in America. NTIA is currently allocating US$930m in government funding for fibre projects across the US, as part of the $1 bn Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program. This funding enables deployment of more than 12,000 miles of fibre across 35 states and Puerto Rico. The funded projects should be completed within the next five years.

GFiber Labs take internet to the next level

Google fiber offers 2 Gig connectivity, is rolling out Wi-Fi 6 and whole home Wi-Fi 6E, bringing affordable 5 Gig and 8 Gig to entire cities, and offering 20 Gig in homes. However, Google's GFiber labs innovation hub plans to take further steps. For example: pushing speed to and in the home past 100 Gig, using Wi-Fi 7 and 8 for multi-gig home networks, using technologies such as photonics and millimeter wave wireless to bring faster high quality internet to more people, in more places. GFiber labs is also committed to driving drive digital equity and making Gigabit internet the USA's service baseline.

Politico: Germany may (partially) ban Huawei

Germany’s government is drafting a new plan to impose further restrictions on the use of Chinese equipment for the country's telecoms networks, POLITICO reports. Berlin officials are considering requiring telecom operators to stop using equipment by the Chinese telecom vendors for the core part (or backbone) of telecom networks by January 1, 2026. They may also propose to phase out reliance on Chinese equipment in the radio access network (RAN) within the next three years.