BT Openreach to trial Dark Fibre Access in August 2017

24 Jan 2017

Openreach, BT’s infrastructure arm, has announced its intention to trial its new Dark Fibre Access (DFA) product between August and September this year, prior to the official launch date of 1 October 2017, ISP Review reports. Openreach’s DFA product will allow rival internet service providers (ISPs) access to the company’s fibre-optic cables, which technically means that they can install their own equipment at either end of the optical fibre, within Openreach’s cable ducts.

TeleGeography notes that UK regulatory body Ofcom has been promoting the use of DFA since early-2016, saying that the solution will help to boost competition, and also speed up the deployment of faster broadband services across the UK.

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