Spring 2021 - Optical Connections Magazine


there is a need for adaptation even within a city like London. There is a wide variety of street furniture, depending on which area of London you’re in, and there is always a slightly different ‘normal’ lamp post from one area to another for example. And we expect this kind of variation.

that direction. The more you can cover with your networks, mobile estates, enterprise or other areas, the more services you can provide from one fibre. The better it is done, the more it makes sense for somebody to actually deploy it and pay for it, hence the cost of the network becomes less challenging.

Would you see that as being proprietary issue, or are standards being developed


around connectors for 5G applications?

I haven’t seen much development of standards, but overall, the market is heading for


Speaking of reducing the cost of deployment and installation, presumably little, if any, existing

I guess it’s not exclusively a UK issue, but there are a lot of historical cities and buildings in



more standardisation. It’s definitely something we are actively looking at. Again, it relates to cost, supply chain and availability of connectivity solutions.

infrastructure could be redeployed and there’s nothing in the ground or in the air at the moment that is reusable retrospectively?

Britain where it is challenging to lay new infrastructure or adapt street furniture. Does this present any specific challenges for the company? In this regard, we are also doing a lot with passive and active WDM to accommodate those historical aspects in cities. Together with our small connectivity solutions such as FH connectors, distribution boxes and even small sized antennas, we can uniquely integrate infrastructure into historical and always changing assets. There is a lot of interest in those areas because it adds value.

Thinking about the core network, and for example the POLATIS all-optical switch


That’s the other big challenge. It’s almost never green field, while there are still some areas where


product line from HUBER+SUHNER, having recently expanded the capacity for connectivity, presumably they don’t have to handle it in the future.

there are some green field applications, but it’s nearly always brown field, or even worse. You will always get those existing form factors and you need to adapt, so that’s another challenge. On a local level we adapt, but that’s also where we can really differentiate and make a difference because we can adapt to those local needs in certain areas. Among other things, we sell street furniture, which has been my particular focus recently, and

Future proofing is a big topic and POLATIS all-optical switches are a great example of our overall


approach. It’s closely related to more connections, or less space with existing connections, so operators will still have space available when they need to expand. Absolutely, everything goes in

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