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Openreach to deploy Nokia fibre solution across the UK

Paul Lipscombe
May 21, 2020

Openreach is aiming to significantly extend its full fibre network capacity and coverage 

Nokia has confirmed that Openreach will deploy its fibre solutions in the UK.

The partnership will assist Openreach’s ambitious target of providing ultrafast broadband to 20 million homes by the mid-to-late 2020s.

It is estimated that a nationwide FTTH network could generate £59 billion for the UK economy by 2025. 

This particular rollout focuses on the deployment of Nokia’s Gigabit Passive Optical Network and XGS-PON access technologies.

This technology has the capability of providing speeds of up to 10Gb/s.

GPON allows users to keep multiple services on a single fibre transport network, while XGS-PON can support the higher speeds the new network can produce.

Openreach plans to extend its reach to 4.5 million homes by next March. 


Openreach CEO Clive Selley has called the partnership “critical” in order for the telco to achieve its ambitious targets. 

“We’re accelerating our full fibre build to deliver an ultrafast, ultra-reliable and future-proof broadband network throughout the UK. 

“This new digital platform will help our economy to bounce back more quickly from the Covid-19 pandemic – enabling people to continue work from home, and millions of businesses to operate seamlessly online for decades to come.” 

Selley revealed that 32,000 homes and businesses are receiving the new network each week. 

Nokia president of fixed networks Sandra Motley added: “Our fibre solutions will help Openreach bring enhanced ultra-broadband services to millions of new customers across the UK today.” 

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