Networks Europe Issue 19 January/February 2019 - Page 8

08 NEWS IN BRIEF Bob Falconer joins Nextgenaccess as Non-Executive Director Nextgenaccess Ltd., a UK wholesale provider of full fibre broadband infrastructure has announced the appointment of Bob Falconer as Non-Executive Director. His appointment is in line with the company’s aggressive growth strategy as it ramps up the expansion of its core fibre network and the roll-out of affordable full fibre services to businesses and the public sector, delivered through third party sales channels including telecom resellers, network installers and operators. A veteran of the telecoms industry, Bob Falconer led Gamma Telecom for 15 years from the position of a start-up wholesale voice provider in 2003 to a substantial innovative and disruptive player in the UK B2B telecoms sector, consistently growing EBITDA, profit and cash over the period. In October 2014 he oversaw a highly successful IPO of the business on AIM with the share price growing by a factor of four to May 2018 and a market cap of approximately £700 million. Gamma subsequently won the AIM ‘Company of the Year’ award for 2017/18. “This is a very exciting time to keep involved in the telecoms industry,” said Bob Falconer. “The reality of fibre to the premises and 5G is driving unprecedented change and with this Nextgenaccess has a compelling and differentiated full fibre offering. I relish helping the company’s excellent senior management team maximise the substantial market opportunities and growth potential on offer. I hope my industry and management experience can bring value and help ensure Nextgenaccess achieves its business goals. An integral part of this is the forging of strong mutually profitable relationships with channel partners.” Nextgenaccess recently secured a £22 million investment from the National Digital Infrastructure Fund (NDIF) to develop its UK 10Gb fibre network. NDIF, a commercial fund established in 2017 by Amber Infrastructure Group, has acquired a significant minority shareholding in NGA. The Amber Infrastructure Group has over £8 billion under management with interests in energy, property and transport. n Deutsche Telekom and Ericsson achieve fibre-like results with wireless backhaul at their Service Center in Athens Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom are the first to successfully demonstrate a millimetre wave link with a data transmission rate of 40Gbps in a joint innovation project at the Deutsche Telekom Service Center in Athens. An important milestone in the evolution from today’s 10Gbps reality toward the 100Gbps future, the partners achieved four times greater data throughput compared to current commercial millimetre wave solutions to prove the commercial viability of future wireless backhaul technology. The test also focused on the stringent latency requirements in 5G network architecture to support low latency or ultra-low latency use cases. The round-trip latency performance of the link tested was less than 100 microseconds, confirming the positive contribution of wireless backhaul technologies to satisfy network-specific latency targets. Alex Jinsung Choi, SVP Strategy & Technology Innovation, Deutsche Telekom, said: “A high-performance transport connection will be key to support high data throughput and enhanced customer NETWORKS EUROPE The magazine for network and data centre professionals experience in next-generation networks. While fibre is an important part of our portfolio, it’s not the only option for backhaul. Together with our partners, we have demonstrated fibre-like performance is also possible with wireless backhauling/X-Haul solutions. This offers an important extension of our portfolio of high-capacity, high- performance transport options for the 5G era.” Per Narvinger, Head of Product Area Networks, Ericsson, says: “Microwave continues to be a key technology for mobile transport by supporting the capacity and latency requirements of 4G and future 5G networks. Our joint innovation project shows that higher capacity microwave backhaul will be an important enabler of high- quality mobile broadband services when 5G becomes a commercial reality.” The live trial was completed at the Deutsche Telekom Service Center in Athens over a hop distance of 1.4 kilometres in the millimetre wave (E-band) spectrum. The technical setup included the use of Ericsson’s latest mobile transport technology including Ericsson’s MINI-LINK 6352 microwave solution and Router 6000. n If you have any news please email James Abbott,