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Rural UK ISP Wessex internet upgrade to 10 Gbps XGS-PON Fiber

31. 07. 2023 Monday / By: Robert Denes / Industrial / Exact time: BST / Print this page

B roadband ISP Wessex Internet, which is deploying a new Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network in rural parts of Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Somerset, England, has announced that it has started expanding its network to 10Gbps XGS capability. Nokia's PON technology and DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing).

Currently, WI's current network footprint is only vaguely said to cover "tens of thousands of homes" (some of which may relate to their legacy wireless broadband network), while their current business plan aims to create an "additional" 150,000 premises by 2027 through a combination . subsidized and non-subsidized capital investment.

However, like other alternative network providers, WI must ensure that their network can keep up with demand and meet future needs. As a result, they signed a new cooperation agreement with Nokia to use their XGS-PON technology on their all-fiber (FTTP) network. The Internet service provider also deploys a DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing) solution to expand the capacity of its core network.

Construction of their new XGS-PON infrastructure has already begun, with customers at Sunrise Business Park in Blandford Forum being among the first to connect to the new network technology earlier this year. In addition to increasing capacity, the service provider also expects the update to help reduce equipment and energy requirements.

Hector Gibson Fleming, CEO of Wessex Internet, said: “Our partnership with Nokia is a fantastic step forward for Wessex Internet, already improving the capacity and flexibility of our network. But more importantly, this partnership gives us a clear technology roadmap that is future-proof. This will ensure our network delivers the speed and reliability our customers need for decades to come, fulfilling our mission to keep rural communities up to date with technological change.”

Phil Siveter, CEO/CSO, Nokia UK&I said: “We are proud to partner with Wessex Internet to provide high quality 10Gbs broadband services to their residential and business customers. As the demand for Gigabit and symmetric services increases, next-generation fiber technologies such as XGS-PON will play a critical role in delivering and supporting the enhanced ultra-broadband services that customers demand today and in the future.

Full fiber plans usually start at £29 per month for a 100Mbps tier (15Mbps upload) over a 12-month term and incur a one-off activation fee of £49, although this only comes with a paltry 100GB of data. But their other plans all include 'unlimited usage' and go up to £79 a month for the top tier of 900Mbps (450Mbps upload). Not the cheapest but still unfortunate for many as WI is often deployed in remote rural areas with no FTTP coverage.

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