BT taps Nokia to boost backbone capacity; Openreach FTTP reaches 1.2m homes and businesses

10 Apr 2019

UK telco BT is deploying Nokia’s 7750 Service Router platform to boost backbone network capacity in preparation for the continued rise in residential and mobile traffic driven by the traffic demands of fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband and 5G. Traffic across BT’s core network is said to be growing upwards of 40% year-on-year, driven by video transmission and gaming, necessitating the high-capacity upgrade.

Howard Watson, BT Group’s CTIO, commented: ‘BT’s FTTP footprint is growing on a daily basis, and we are launching 5G this year in the busiest parts of 16 of the UK’s busiest cities. These technologies create an amazing customer experience, and drive people to watch more, play more and share more. We have to stay ahead of the massive traffic growth that this will bring, and Nokia are a key part of that, giving us the capacity and automation that we need.’

In related news, BT’s open-access unit Openreach announced this week that its FTTP network now passes more than 1.2 million homes and businesses. The rollout, which the company describes as the ‘largest privately funded civil engineering infrastructure project in the UK’ is on track to reach three million homes and businesses by the end of 2020. 14,000 new homes and businesses across the UK are being covered with FTTP every week, Openreach adds, with a total of 38 locations now included in the first phase of the rollout programme.

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