BT signs for more FTTX gear from Huawei

AUGUST 27, 2010 – Huawei says it is providing “a number” of FTTX access products to support BT’s Openreach division in the deployment of the company’s new national fiber network.

AUGUST 27, 2010 – Huawei says it is providing “a number” of FTTX access products to support BT’s Openreach division in the deployment of the company’s new national fiber network.

BT is planning to spend an extra £1 billion on its next-generation broadband network to bring super-fast broadband to two-thirds of UK households by 2015, subject to what it would consider an acceptable environment for investment. As one of BT’s strategic partners for the carrier’s Next-Generation Access network, Huawei is supplying elements from its SingleFAN (fibre access network) portfolio. SingleFAN is based on an open and unified platform, Huawei says, which enables Openreach to reduce operation and maintenance costs.

Steve Robertson, Openreach’s CEO, said, ‘‘BT and Huawei have had a strong relationship for several years; we are pleased to extend this further by choosing Huawei as one of our strategic partners to help us deploy Next-Generation Access on a national scale as part of BT’s £2.5 billion investment in fiber technology. Huawei’s cutting-edge optical access and transmission technology will provide our CP customers with the ability to offer more diversified high-bandwidth services and an improved broadband experience to their customers.”

BT and Huawei started FTTX deployments in 2008 that resulted in the launch of fiber to the cabinet (FTTC) broadband services this year.

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