FTTH Roundup: CityFibre, Kontron, Empire Access, CloudWyze, GPC

July 12th, 2023 by · Leave a Comment

A series of FTTH projects worth keeping an eye on, from both sides of the Atlantic.

CityFibre has unveiled a couple new items today. First off, the UK network provider will be launching 2.5Gbps symmetrical services via XGS-PON. The upgrade will provide an upgrade path first up to 10Gbps and then on up to 50G PON in the future. Meanwhile CityFibre says that they are now building out in the Laygate area of South Tyneside. The buildout will cost some £42m and be completed by 2025, although services will start going live for some before then.

Kontron Transportation says that its technology will be used to bring FTTH to rural destinations in Austria. Speed Connect Austria has tapped Kontron to implement the active network equipment for the company’s FTTH networks. The dollar amount will be in the ‘double digit million range’, an estimation which is presumably measured in euros. The Iskratel broadband products will be provided by Kontron’s sister company in Slovenia.

Empire Access’s ongoing expansion in the state of New York has another destination lined up. The regional FTTH provider will be building out in Geneva, a town on the northern end of Seneca Lake in the state’s Finger Lakes region. Antin Infrastructure Partners bought a majority stake in Empire Access earlier this year, and the company has been lining up expansion makrets at a prodigious pace.

CloudWyze has unveiled plans to build out to the North Carolina community of Bailey. CloudWyze, which has been building out fiber to some 4,000 homes in the nearby town of Nashville NC, will expand its efforts into Baily in early fall 2023. The fiber will offer an upgrade to the current fixed wireless that CloudWyze offers to Bailey.

And Great Plains Communications has won a grant for a FTTH project out in Nebraska. The Public Service Commission has awarded GPC $11M to bring fiber to homes the Nebraska towns of Arnold, Ewing, Hayes Center, Herman, Niobrara, Petersburg, Stapleton, and Winnetoon. The funds will come from the Nebraska Capital Projects Fund, and the number of homes and businesses passed is about 1,400.

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