Huawei and Nokia contracted by Openreach to support its ‘Fibre First’ programme

11 Jul 2018

BT’s network arm Openreach has selected China’s Huawei and Finnish vendor Nokia to help deliver its national fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) rollout, as it looks to reach three million premises across the country with the technology by the end of 2020. Announcing the deals, Openreach said it had awarded contracts to the two companies to provide new electronics that support its exchange-based equipment – known as the headend. Huawei has reportedly already started to deploy the new kit across the Openreach fibre network, with Nokia expected to start installing equipment from July next year.

Commenting on the development, Peter Bell, CTO & NGA Operations Director, Openreach said: ‘We’ll be going flat out to make FTTP available to three million homes by the end of 2020, and we want to reach ten million by the mid-2020s, so using cutting-edge technology will be integral to achieving that.’