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Ofcom consults on applying Code powers to Zzoomm

Oxford, 18 April 2019 - Zzoomm, the recently launched full fibre network operator which will build and operate full fibre infrastructure in towns and suburbs across the UK, has applied to Ofcom for Code powers. Code powers allow an operator to build its networks in the public highway. Today, Ofcom launched a formal 30-day consultation in order to apply Code powers to Zzoomm.

Zzoomm will deliver high quality full fibre broadband to homes and businesses which are currently only served by copper infrastructure.

The Code powers will enable Zzoomm to reach every property within each town they serve. Zzoomm will be able to construct and maintain its full fibre network and associated ducts and network equipment in the public highway, without the need for a specific street works licence for every street.

Zzoomm’s new network infrastructure will deliver broadband speeds of up to 10Gbps (10 Gigabits of data per second) to homes and businesses, both downloads and uploads some 400 to 500 times* faster than the average speeds across copper infrastructure.

Network build is scheduled to start in summer 2019.

Matthew Hare, Zzoomm Chief Executive said:

“The granting of Code powers to Zzoomm by Ofcom is another important step in our mission to bring full fibre to the UK.

“We’ve selected our key technology partner, we’re designing our network and we’re moving at speed to do our bit to get the UK connected to a much faster full fibre future.

“Large parts of the UK are struggling with a broadband connection that just doesn’t meet their ever-growing needs. More streaming, more remote working, more cloud computing and even more gaming, means that there’s a substantial and growing demand for the vastly better broadband experience that we at Zzoomm will deliver.”

* Source: thinkbroadband.com - Q4 2018 median figures


Plans to deliver 10 Gigabits per second access speed in partnership with ADTRAN

Oxford, 7 March 2019 – Zzoomm, the recently launched full fibre network operator which will build and operate full fibre infrastructure in towns and suburbs across the UK, announces that its new network infrastructure will deliver broadband speeds of 10Gbps (10 Gigabits of data per second) to homes and businesses.

The new robust infrastructure and extremely high speeds will meet the rapid growth in speed and capacity that homes and businesses are expected to need, for many decades.

Zzoomm has selected ADTRAN, Inc., the leading provider of next-generation open networking solutions, as its supplier of infrastructure technologies and equipment as it builds out the network. ADTRAN will supply Zzoomm with the next generation XGS-PON solution and equipment to deliver a 10Gbps full fibre to the premise (FTTP) service. ADTRAN will also provide engineering support for the design and testing of the new infrastructure.

Matthew Hare, Chief Executive, commented:

“This is all about future proofing - 10 years ago, one Gigabit was considered sufficient to meet future speed needs but this is no longer the case.

“Working with ADTRAN, we are building out a robust infrastructure that’s fit for the coming decades.  Zzoomm will deliver 10 Gigabit speeds to homes and businesses – both downloads and uploads - in towns and suburbs, some 400 to 500 times* faster than the average speeds across copper infrastructure.

“We are targeting hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses that are still hampered by ageing copper infrastructure. They will no longer be hamstrung by dated communications networks with Zzoomm’s new full fibre network.”

Ronan Kelly, ADTRAN Chief Technology Officer for EMEA and APAC said:

“We are enabling operators across Europe, like Zzoomm, to make significant progress in connecting homes and businesses to advanced services that enhance subscriber experience and quality of life.

“This partnership is another proof-point that the market is choosing 10G PON technology over 1G PON variants deployed over the last two decades.”

* Source: thinkbroadband.com - Q4 2018 median figures


New full fibre network Zzoomm launched for towns and suburbs by fibre infrastructure veteran Matthew Hare

Matthew Hare who set up and developed the rural fibre network Gigaclear in 2010, has today launched Zzoomm, a new full fibre network operator.

Zzoomm will build and operate new full fibre infrastructure in towns and suburbs across the UK, delivering high quality broadband to homes and businesses which are currently only served by copper infrastructure.

Matthew Hare, Zzoomm Chief Executive, said:

“The full fibre revolution is here, but many are currently left behind. Numerous small towns and suburbs still do not have any plans for full fibre from the network into the properties and are stuck with the pedestrian internet access speeds that is provided by copper wires.

“Zzoomm is targeting some of these 4.5 million homes which are still blighted by ageing copper infrastructure.

“We are attracting a management team with proven expertise in fibre infrastructure. We will develop the network across the country through regional operations, which will work with local communities to build the full fibre network they need for a brighter, fuller future.”

Oxford, 25th February 2019

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