CenturyLink Digs Today's Fiber
Also, ISP knows gamers aren't playing, Boris Johnson blathers about broadband, Prysmian Group unites Denmark and the UK, the government throws a spanner in Inmarsat's deal and Open Fiber chooses FWA provider.
CenturyLink is adding 4.7 million more miles of fiber in 50 major US cities by 2021, the company said today. It already finished phase one of the expansion -- 3.5 million miles of fiber -- in June. When CenturyLink last completed a deployment like this, it was a different company and fiber deployments were quite different, too, according to CenturyLink CTO Andrew Dugan. He tells Light Reading about how advances in optical tech help CenturyLink leverage partner Corning's fiber-optics and what that means for broadband. (See CenturyLink Adds Fiber to Fuel Datacenter, Cloud Growth.)
ISP Ghost Gamer Broadband formally debuted a pro-gamer broadband service designed for the UK's competitive online gaming community. It leverages parent company Structured Communications' business-grade broadband and focuses on delivering resilient, stable connectivity that maintains speed and reliability even during peak playing times. The service is powered by multiple 10 Gbps upstream fiber circuits for continuous, reliable speed, according to Ghost.
Today Boris Johnson, the Tory-elected UK Prime Minister, claimed "fantastic full fiber broadband [will be] sprouting from every household," Reuters reported. (See BBWN Bites: Brits' Broadband Agenda Blurs.)
National Grid Viking Link and Energinet chose Prysmian Group to develop Viking Link, the first submarine cable connection between the UK and Denmark. The contract, worth close to €700 million ($781.3 million), includes design, manufacture and installment of the entire 1,250 km (about 777 miles) cable for the submarine route and all of the 135 km (about 84 miles) of land cables on the UK side.
Citing national security, UK's government has stalled satellite-broadband provider Inmarsat's deal to be acquired by a private-equity led consortium for $3.4 billion. The Competition and Markets Authority must write a report about the "competition and national security aspects of the proposed transaction" by September 17.
Government-backed Open Fiber chose Intracom Telecom to supply it with the fixed-wireless access (FWA) solutions it needs to provide high-speed broadband to about 20 million Italian premises. These primarily rural homes and small businesses are generally too hard to reach with fiber and copper-based technologies like VDSL and Gfast.
Ghost Gamer Broadband is available across three tiered packages, based on connection type: Fiber to the Premises and G.Fast, Fiber to the Cabinet and ADSL.
(Image source: Ghost Gamer Broadband)
— Alison Diana, Editor, Broadband World News. Follow us on Twitter or @alisoncdiana.
Here's where you can find episode links for 'The Divide,' Light Reading's podcast series featuring conversations with broadband providers and policymakers working to close the digital divide.
As we have for the past two years, Light Reading will present our Cable Next-Gen Europe conference as a free digital symposium on June 21.
Charter has sparked RDOF work in all 24 states where it won bids. The cable op booked about $19 million in RDOF revenues in Q1, and expects to have about $9 million per month come in over the next ten years.
As we have for the past two years, Light Reading will stage the Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies conference as a free digital event over two half-days in mid-March.
Launch of 2-Gig and 5-Gig FTTP tiers in 70-plus markets puts more pressure on cable ops to enhance their existing DOCSIS 3.1 network or accelerate their upgrade activity centered on the new DOCSIS 4.0 specs.