Openreach selects STL to build UK Full Fibre network

STL has announced a strategic collaboration with Openreach, the UK’s largest digital network business to provide optical cable solutions for its new, ultra-fast, ultra-reliable ‘Full Fibre’ broadband network.

Under the partnership, STL will be responsible for delivering millions of kilometres of optical fibre cable to support the build over the next three years. Openreach has plans to use STL’s expertise and innovation to help accelerate its Full Fibre build programme and drive efficiency.

Openreach plans to take advantage of STL’s cutting-edge Opticonn solution – a specialised set of fibre, cable and interconnect offerings designed to drive significant performance improvements, including up to 30 per cent faster installation. It will also have access to STL’s Celesta – a high-density optical fibre cable with a capacity of up to 6,912 optical fibres. This compact design is 26 per cent slimmer compared to traditional loose tube cables, allowing 2000 metres of cable to be installed in under an hour. The high density super-slim cable will also help minimise the use of plastic across Openreach’s new network.

Kevin Murphy, MD – Fibre and Network Delivery, Openreach said, “Our Full Fibre network build is going faster than ever. We need partners like STL on board to not only help sustain that momentum, but also to provide the skills and innovation to help us go even further.”

Commenting on the collaboration, Ankit Agarwal, CEO – Connectivity Solutions Business, STL said, “We are extremely excited to join hands with Openreach as a key optical solutions partner to build Full Fibre broadband networks for millions in the UK. Our customised, 5G-ready optical solutions are ideally suited for Openreach’s future-proof network requirements and we believe they will enable next-gen digital experiences for homes and businesses across the UK.”

The announcement comes as Openreach continues to ramp up the build rate for its Full Fibre broadband programme – which aims to reach 20 million homes and businesses by the mid-to-late 2020s.

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