Openreach Makes Deal With Viavi for U.K. Fiber Build


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Viavi Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAV) said Openreach, the United Kingdom’s largest digital infrastructure firm, is using the VIAVI Optical Network Monitoring System (ONMSi) to accelerate its fiber broadband deployment. Openreach cited the ONMSi platform’s ability to address networks, such as validating new construction, performing preactivation checks, and monitoring ongoing service as factors in closing the agreement.

“VIAVI has a longstanding relationship with Openreach,” said Manuel Mato, Vice President, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, VIAVI, “whose deployment and maintenance teams are utilizing our test solutions for their existing broadband networks. Over the last two years, we are pleased to have extended our partnership with Openreach to include the ONMSi platform, which proved to deliver significant improvements in scale, speed, and quality of FTTx networks. Moving forward, the ONMSi platform has been trusted to continue to drive further efficiencies and support Openreach’s Full Fiber program.”  

As one of the leading providers of full fiber broadband infrastructure to communications service providers in the UK, Openreach has set a target to deliver 20 million homes passed with fiber-to-the-premises by the mid-to-late 2020s, assuming it has the right investment conditions. The company is on track to reach 4.5 million premises by the end of March 2021.

Peter Bell, Director, Network Technology, Openreach said, “We want to maintain our position as the U.K.’s leading Full Fiber network by working with world class partners, and VIAVI’s innovations in remote fiber testing will help us monitor and accelerate our network build while making sure we continue to deliver great experience for customers.”

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