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ACOME Group accelerates Fibrus’ ultra-fast full fibre deployments

April 22, 2024

Thousands of rural homes and businesses in Northern England and Northern Ireland now have access to hyperfast full fibre broadband connectivity thanks to a multi-million-pound collaboration between Fibrus and ACOME Group.

The use of ACOME Group’s cabling solutions has helped Fibrus speed up its fibre installations to reach 354,000 premises passed across rural and regional areas of Cumbria and Northern Ireland by March 2024. The connected properties can access broadband speeds of up to 2 Gbps.

Fibrus has access to a future-proofed network, decreased Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and a reduced carbon footprint.

“We are delighted to help Fibrus deliver ultra-fast reliable connectivity to those residents and businesses in Cumbria and Northern Ireland,” said ACOME Group UK Director Andrea Garcia. “Our 60-fibre cabling has saved installation times, provided technical innovation and delivered increased flexibility. As the cable is also PIA-approved, Fibrus has been able to use existing poles and ducts in the areas, with no need to dig or put up new ones.”

To speed up its fibre rollout, Fibrus sought a cable with more fibre than the standard 48-fibre cables available on the market. ACOME Group worked with Fibrus to co-develop a 60-fibre cable, with a 12-fibre modularity, a structure that mirrors the architecture of the existing fibre infrastructure across the UK.

With a production capacity of ten million kilometres of optical fibres, the 60 fibre ULW cable was developed in Normandy, France, to be supplied quickly and cost-effectively to Fibrus.

“Since we began working with ACOME Group, our cable supply lead times have reduced and we have kept pace with the high speed of our network delivery and connecting those customers across the UK with dependable connectivity,” Fibrus Procurement Director, Neil Burrows said. “Thanks to an efficient installation process, customers in remote towns and villages across Cumbria and Northern Ireland can enjoy faster speeds.”

To further accelerate speed of deployment, Fibrus street cabinets were fitted with an optical distribution solution that was pre-cabled at ACOME’s manufacturing plant in Brittany. The

ITOM-V3 optical distribution solution eliminated the need to splice at the cabinet, which meant the risk of project schedules changing and budget not being met were drastically reduced.

Continuing the companies’ collaboration, Fibrus has also begun trialling ACOME Group’s 60-fibre cable constructed with nanomodule technology that reduces the TCO and carbon footprint of deployments.

The rural homes and businesses in Cumbria have been connected thanks to the Project Gigabit broadband scheme supported by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) to deliver lightning-fast broadband connections. Project Stratum is a £197 million pound contract to connect 85,000 hard-to-reach properties across Northern Ireland.

Fibrus Networks Ltd is investing in excess of £500 million to bring full fibre broadband to homes and businesses in towns, villages across Northern Ireland and Northern England.

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