Openreach seeks third FTTP supplier outside Huawei Nokia
ICCSZ News According to Bloomberg and Reuters, British Telecom (BT) Broadband Access Network subsidiary Openreach seeks a third provider of fiber broadband technology to support its "Fibre First" fiber-to-the-home (FTTP) plan. According to media reports, the proposal will expire in January 2020, with a view to finalizing suppliers in the second quarter.
According to the tender completed last year, Huawei and Nokia currently provide 10G PON FTTP equipment to Openreach. "Fibre First" aims to have FTTP networks reach 3 million British homes and businesses by the end of 2020 (Reuters quoted Openreach sources as saying that the BT subsidiary now hopes to reach 4 million homes and businesses by March 2021 ). Although the United States has been lobbying against the use of Huawei equipment in the communications networks of its allies, it is unclear whether there is a third supplier. Some UK organisations have also expressed concerns about potential reliance on Chinese communications equipment (for example, the UK National Cyber Security Centre warned that the use of ZTE equipment would pose a national security risk).
Bloomberg pointed out that ADTRAN and Cisco may be potential participants in the new Openreach tender, and other companies that may be interested include Calix, DASAN Zhone and CommScope (the latter acquired ARRIS earlier this year). In February this year, ARRIS conducted a 10G EPON trial with Virgin Media in the UK.
Huawei and Nokia also provided Openreach with G.fast technology under a 2016 contract, but there is no indication that Openreach is also looking for a third supplier for G.fast.
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