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Rural FTTC users in UK 'might as well be on dial-up'

Poor broadband provision in the UK is damaging children's education in rural areas, according to a survey.

Figures from insurance company NFU Mutual, which surveyed 1,600 parents, suggest that a third of those with internet access in rural areas believe the provision is too slow.

Drop technologies 'could increase fibre deployment'

Simple drop technologies for easy, fast and cost-effective fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) installations could, if more widely adopted, increase the rate of fibre deployment in Europe, according to the head of Fujikura's fibre optic division.

Fujikura says it has fine-tuned a high-performance low-friction cable for duct applications which can be pushed from the basement of the building to the individual subscriber. The low friction coating and optimised mechanical design minimises the physical resistance of this process. Field installable terminations allow minimal cable inventory.

Nexans and TeliSwitch form partnership

Nexans and TeliSwitch have formed a partnership to promote a suite of automatic optical distribution frame (AODF) solutions – which, the companies say, offers the potential for FTTH operators to dramatically reduce their network reconfiguration and service times, especially for PoP (point of presence) installations in remote, hard-to-reach locations.

Fibre industry 'needs to do more' – Karin Ahl

Fibre to the home or building (FTTH/B) adoption in Europe is gathering pace, with the total number of subscribers increasing by 29 per cent in 2013 – substantially faster than the year before when growth was around 15 per cent – according to the latest update to the European FTTH market panorama, which was unveiled at the FTTH Conference 2014 at the Stockholmsmässan exhibition centre yesterday.

UTEL calls for more fibre investment

Following the announcement that the European economy is expected to grow by one per cent during 2014, UTEL, a leading independent research and development company for telecommunications systems, is calling on governments to invest in high-speed broadband solutions, such as fibre, to make sure the predicted recovery is realised.



Three-way networks collaboration

NTT has launched a collaborative study with Alcatel-Lucent Japan and Fujitsu to develop server architecture for future networks.

The companies say the project aims to realise a server architecture that maximises the common part of various functionalities of communication networks with reliability, scalability and easy maintenance. They say the architecture will allow service providers to develop their services efficiently by focusing only on their logic.

Adtran director elected as FTTH Council vice chairman

Kevin Morgan, director of marketing communications for networking solutions provider Adtran, has been elected 2014 vice chairman of the Fibre to the Home (FTTH) Council Americas board of directors.

The company says Morgan’s recent appointment reaffirms Adtran's commitment to advancing the fibre technology and standards that enable service providers across America to simplify the delivery of advanced, bandwidth-rich services.

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