Orange Marine continues to assert dominance in the subsea cable industry with the sophisticated ‘Sophie Germain’, an innovative vessel designed for comprehensive undersea cable care. This 100 meter long ship is home to a 450 kW ROV for precise optic cable maintenance. Moreover, it not only enhances connectivity globally, but also makes strides in sustainability by significantly reducing fuel consumption and slashing emissions. Remarkably, in a field with only 60 cable ships worldwide, Orange Marine introduces innovation that may reshape the future of global telecommunications infrastructure.

Calix, Inc. sets a new benchmark in the telecommunications landscape with its innovative solution, Calix SmartBiz™, now reaching the UK market. This transformative service specifically facilitates the 5.5 million SMEs across the UK, providing alternative service providers a fresh approach to offer customised, comprehensive solutions including managed Wi-Fi and enhanced network security services.

CityFibre’s full fibre network in the UK now reaches 3 million premises, a rapid expansion when considering it connected 2 million just a year earlier. Recent key milestones include securing wayleave permissions and financial support totalling nearly half a billion pounds. Technological strides include the market launch of its XGS-PON service offering potential speeds up to 10Gbps. As these advancements continue to transform broadband, stay tuned for updates.

The Tribal Broadband Connectivity Programme (TBCP), funded primarily by President Biden’s Internet for All Initiative, has recently bestowed $3.5 million in grants among seven Tribal entities to accelerate internet access in these areas. Supported with an impressive $3 billion budget, the TBCP aims to reduce internet barriers and bridge the digital divide, promising a transformative effect. The initiative is facilitating internet connectivity for remote learning, boosting telehealth services, fostering employment opportunities, and more.

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority recently adjudicated a dispute over the supposed misleading adverts of ISP, 6G Internet. The ASA ruled that the company name erroneously suggested the availability of non-existent 6G services. The decision underlines a recurrent issue of consumer confusion over service offerings in the telecommunications sector. Despite the controversy, 6G Internet has not indicated plans to adjust their brand name, possibly sparking inevitable customer confusion as the prospect of true 6G technology looms nearer.

Imagine assembling an intricate Lego structure – that’s precisely what building next-gen telecommunication networks feels like. Networks giant Cambium offers unique ‘Lego-like’ solutions that breathe life into the creative architectures planned by Internet Service Providers (ISPs). A spectrum of technologies encompassed by Cambium’s ONE Network – ranging from outdoor Wi-Fi access points to top-tier security – weaves a seamless tapestry from edge to cloud. But, it’s not all about gear and wires. Cambium’s technology is a fusion of robust security, user-friendliness, and high-grade end-user experience.

Formulating the future of UK’s internet, Building Digital UK (BDUK) triggers the procurement process under the £5 billion Project Gigabit framework. Their ambitious objective: accelerate gigabit-speed broadband coverage to capture a minimum of 85% of premises by 2025. However, there’s a twist in the tale, as reaching remote regions still poses a formidable challenge.

Dell’ Oro Group has adjusted its predictions for the global Open RAN market share, a decision marking a first for the research company. They stress the necessary transformation in the RAN market will be far from smooth, while also affirming Open RAN’s permanence. Europe demonstrates a cautious approach, leaning more towards traditional RAN in 5G setups. Past bullish forecasts have not dramatically influenced the industry, prompting RAN providers to investigate alternative avenues with brownfield operators. Despite minor signs of rapid progression, Open RAN’s maturity in this field remains uncertain.

The Linux Foundation-led Ultra Ethernet Consortium brings AMD, Arista, Broadcom, and others together to refine ethernet architecture, addressing the escalating network requirements of AI and high-performance computing. Pledging to enhance ethernet performance, the alliance will leverage ethernet’s adaptability, ensuring scalability and cost-effectiveness for diverse workloads. Aiming for a holistic tune-up rather than a complete overhaul, consortium endeavours will encompass detailed protocols, signaling mechanisms, and software solutions.

Vodafone UK announces more accessible and fixed-rate wireless options amid the routine living costs in the UK, further bolstering its reputation as a company committed to social tariffs. This latest offering serves as a beacon of hope for families under financial strain, with an impressive broadband speed, zero installation fees, and an escape clause without extra charges. However, critics caution that this may not be the most affordable deal available, despite being from a mainstream provider.