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Sckipio touts fibre-like symmetrical G.fast kit
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 12:22

Fabless G.fast silicon house Sckipio hopes to give the fibre-most-of-the-way, copper to the home market a kick along with silicon that gets close to symmetric performance, at whatever data rate the copper can support.

Talking to Vulture South after the launch, the company's marketing veep Michael Weissman explained the reference design for a single-port Distribution Point Unit (DPU) , which Sckipio hopes will drive adopted by network owners trying to avoid that troublesome truck-roll to install fibre-to-the-home.

The DPU implements Dynamic Time Assignment (DTA), a technology the company proposed to the ITU and which received the standards-setter's assent in the

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Metronet gobbles up hosting firm for £47.5m, instantly doubles in size
Thursday, 13 October 2016 21:27

Manchester-based network services provider Metronet has snapped up infrastructure and hosting firm M247 for £47.5m.

The combined business will have three data centres, over 200 staff, a combined turnover of more than £40m, and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of £12m.

It means the ISP biz will add connectivity and content services to its existing wireless network services as well as data centres across the UK and Europe.

Martin Courtney, analyst at TechMarketView, said Metronet's move to beef up the hosting side of its biz is a sound strategy.

He said providing network connectivity alone is unlikely

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nbn™ says nobody needs gigabit internet, trumpets XG-Fast at 8Gbps anyway
Tuesday, 18 October 2016 10:03

nbn™, the organisation building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has announced trials of fibre-to-the-curb and broadband-over-copper technology XG-fast that hit 8Gbps on 30 metres of copper in lab trials. It's also done tests that produced “5Gbps peak aggregate speed being achieved over 70 metres of twisted-pair copper”.

Which is lovely. But also confusing because nbn™ has previously argued that gigabit-per-second speeds just aren't necessary at home and won't be for the foreseeable future.

nbn™ CEO advanced the gigabit-just-isn't-needed argument at his March 2016 charm offensive . The Register understands his position was developed after visiting telcos around the

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Openreach split could damage broadband investment, says BT's chief exec
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 23:57

BT's chief exec Gavin Patterson has claimed an Openreach split would make future UK broadband investments more challenging and increase the firm's already-ballooning pension deficit.

Speaking at the Broadband World Forum event, he denied any conflict of interest between BT's retail business and wholesale business. Contrary to claims that its TV arm has siphoned off broadband investment cash, a diversified business has made the case for investment easier, he said.

"Ultimately you have to be able to make investments over long periods.. if you are only looking at the wholesale, Openreach side, then some of these investments are going to

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Digi minister Matt Hancock: Britain needs go full fibre. And we're not paying for it
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 21:52

The UK's digital minister Matt Hancock has said pure fibre and 5G are the priority for Blighty's digital infrastructure over the next decade - but has indicated the government won't be paying for it.

Speaking at the Broadband World Forum event today, he said by 2020 the volume of global internet traffic would be 95 times what it is now.

"Technology is constantly changing," he said. "We have to keep moving. To paraphrase Al Gore: the last thing any of us wants is to end up as road kill on the information superhighway."

Hancock said our current part-fibre, part-copper infrastructure

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Swisscom claims world's first G.fast broadband service
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 16:27

Swisscom reckons it's become the first carrier in the world to announce a G.fast service.

The telco hasn't said how long the rollout will take, nor how many households are within its preferred maximum copper run of 200 metres, but its CTO Heinz Herren told an audience at Broadband World Forum (BWF) the build has commenced.

Its canned statement says that beginning last month, it has only installed G.fast-compatible kit. Currently, it's installing nodes that serve 16 households at a time, but Swisscom anticipates support in 48-port units, and that will let it expand the rollout to fibre-to-the-basement (FTTB) deployments.

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