UK round-up: toob taps ADTRAN for FTTH; Axione targets FTTP rollout; XLN attracts takeover bid

21 Oct 2019

Portsmouth-based UK ISP toob, which was set up by a number of former Vodafone directors, has enlisted US-based ADTRAN to deploy a gigabit-capable fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network covering more than 100,000 premises by the end of 2021. The initial deployments will focus on Southampton, and ADTRAN will provide toob with full turnkey support, including the delivery, installation and commissioning of toob’s core, transport and access network. toob CEO Nick Parbutt commented: ‘The UK’s digital infrastructure is uncompetitive at present with only 8% of premises being able to access a full fibre connection … We are executing quickly to pass 100,000 premises by the end of 2021 on our way to passing more than one million premises over the next decade.’

Also in the UK, ISP Review reports that Axione UK, a subsidiary of French communications provider Axione, is planning to deploy a new fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP)-based gigabit-capable broadband network in the UK, which will be made available for other ISPs via wholesale agreements. The website notes that Axione UK has put in an application for Code Powers from Ofcom, which can help to speed up deployments and cut costs by reducing the number of licences needed for street works. Scotland is expected to be Axione’s initial area of focus.

Finally, private equity firm Equistone has reportedly expressed an interest in acquiring a controlling stake in B2B ISP XLN Telecom, which is said to be valued at around GBP200 million (USD259 million). Christian Nellemann, who holds a controlling stake in the ISP following a management buyout in 2014, is looking to either sell – or failing that – refinance the business, which serves around 150,000 customers, of which at least 85,000 are broadband users. Lazard is believed to be managing the sale process.

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