British broadband infrastructure provider Openreach, part of BT, has inked a deal with test, monitoring and analytics firm EXFO, under which they will collaborate on a ‘major initiative to accelerate full fibre deployment, and enhance the quality of build and experience for customers across the UK’.
In a press release regarding the matter, EXFO claimed that the project it will work on is ‘essential’ for the delivery of fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network, with Openreach having awarded it a contract to supply optical test heads and test access switching, following a competitive tender process. With its cloud-based Nova Fiber solution, EXFO will reportedly equip Openreach to assure its FTTP build, thereby accelerating the network rollout and avoiding costly return visits to fix connection problems. Meanwhile, following installation, Openreach will reportedly be able to remotely monitor its fibre infrastructure supporting the in-life operations of its full fibre service.
Commenting on the matter, Peter Bell, Director, Network Technology at Openreach, said: ‘We’re convinced that our new Full Fibre network can play a crucial role in keeping the nation connected. This year, our build has been gathering pace and momentum, and we’re determined to match that rapid speed of deployment with the highest standards of build quality build and customer service. EXFO will help us get there. As a long-term Openreach partner, EXFO was selected thanks to its proven ability to provide fast, automated qualification of fibre builds, and for its unique iOLM OTDR technology.’