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VX Fiber responds to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Budget Statement

Mikael Sandberg, Chairman, VX Fiber, discusses how collaboration, public/private investment and an Open Access model are the key ingredients to getting Europe connected. In late April, the FTTH (Fibre to the Home) Council Europe published its 2020 Market Panorama detailing the status of full-fibre connectivity (homes and business) in Europe. According to the report, as of September 2019, there were almost 172 million FTTH/FTTB homes passed in the EU39 countries – up from 160 million from the previous year.

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Why Does IoT Need 5G?

In an interview with IoT Global Network Magazine our Chairman Mikael Sandberg gives his thoughts on wireless’ heavy reliance on fibre networks and the basic infrastructure needed to make 5G and IoT a reality.

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Powering the Northern Powerhouse

In just five years the Northern tech sector grew by some 619%, making it the fastest growing region for the industry in the whole of Europe. High profile corporations continue to open northern bases, joining the likes of Channel 4, the BBC and KPMG.

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Post UK-election results: The politics of full-fibre

‘Get Brexit Done’ has been Johnson’s mantra during the lead up to yesterday’s election and the strong Conservative majority certainly suggests that the agreement will be one he has negotiated. With Brexit taking centre stage, we must ensure that the UK has all the tools necessary to remain a competitive market worldwide.

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Digitalisation World – Feature on 2020 trends

The IT landscape is fast evolving through various technologies, from big data, AI, connectivity and security, to driverless cars and more sophisticated cloud storage – which make up the smart cities of the future in the UK and beyond. The common theme that unites all these developments is full-fibre infrastructure, and the connectivity needed for all these applications to work.

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The road less travelled, Fibre Systems

According to Tech Advocates London, 31 out of 33 London boroughs ‘have no strategy’ for facilitating the rollout of 5G networks. And not a single borough has dedicated any budget at all to its implementation. Despite the wide publication of the vast benefits of 5G, it’s clear that many people are starting to raise the alarm. Certainly, when it comes to the UK capital’s readiness – or lack thereof- for the successful deployment of 5G.

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Full-fibre is the secret ingredient behind 5G success

Whilst 5G won’t be available for widespread use until the 2020s, the performance goals are unprecedented for wireless networks.  As a result, the projected performance of 5G has opened-up a debate about whether fibre optic or 5G wireless networks will be better.  But this debate is predicated on a false assumption. 

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‘Gigabit broadband will be a game changer for the city’ – Work starts on Stoke-on-Trent’s new £19 million full fibre network

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is working with Swedish firm VX Fiber to build a 60-mile full fibre network across the Potteries, after securing £9.2 million of Government funding. VX Fiber will start installation in Weston Coyney next week, followed by Meir, Longton, Shelton and Bentilee, with first customers due to be connected by February.

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Putting the Local Community at the Heart of the Smart City – IoT Now

According to Frost and Sullivan’s smart cities report, the global market is forecast to be worth a staggering $1.56 trillion by 2025. This perhaps comes as no surprise given the continuous rise in the number of smart cities being ‘created’ world-wide, from Amsterdam, Dublin and Peterborough, to Dubai, Taipei and New York City.

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The Northern Powerhouse – Insider Media

The Northern Powerhouse is the UK government’s response to the demand from businesses, organisations and communities that there needs to be a little more focus on investment outside of the capital and beyond the South of England. It is made up of six of the UK’s northern cities – Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Hull and Newcastle.

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