Here's a quirky one to end the year with… Angie Communications, which refers to itself as "the world's largest telecoms start-up," has "announced the availability of 10-Gigabit fiber optic connections in 87 cities in the USA."
Eh? Who? What?
If you uttered any or all three of those then we're thinking the same thing.
The details of its plan can be found in this press release. The release includes a YouTube video presentation from CEO Neal Lachman, some colleagues and a former colleague, Diepak Kasi, who has now decided to become a life coach instead of running Angie's Dutch operation, that gives you an idea of what this company is about.
Lachman's biography claims he "literally wrote 'the book' on communications infrastructures and business models for the 21st Century."
In a nutshell, the team at Angie (the name derives from NG for next generation) plans to use mostly existing fiber and millimeter wave radio links (for its Wireless Extreme service – a Gigabit service for $30 a month…) to provide very high speed broadband connections. It is set to deploy technology from a "pioneer" in wireless broadband technology called Elva-1, which has developed a 10 Gbit/s Outdoor Millimeter Wave Radio Link technology.
Angie isn't going to build all of the network it needs, though: It claims to have signed up 650 partners that will help launch its services, including Californian network operator Wilcon for part of its US rollout and Colt and Zayo in the UK.
So what about capital? How is all of this being funded? Lachman refers to himself and his former colleague Kasi as investors, but there are no details about funding rounds to be found on the company's website. Earlier in the year it announced an "investment agreement" for with a "real estate magnate" called Dr. Vishna Kanhai, who was to fund Angie and "arrange an investment totaling €150 million from international investors." However, that funding agreement announcement is no longer included in Angie's website though a tweet about it is still live.
The cost of taking a FTTH connection to all of Europe's homes could be as low as €137 billion or as high as €360 billion, if you give any credence to studies from two of the region's broadband lobby groups.
Global communications service providers continue to evolve their networks to deliver the user-driven service models and higher bandwidths demanded by consumers. At the same time, 5G densification initiatives are top of mind around the globe, with hundreds of thousands of 5G small cells needing an open, programmable and highly scalable access technology to fuel the growing demand for connectivity. As a result, 5G densification projects will demand fixed-access networks, supporting fronthaul, backhaul and crosshaul applications that provide:
Service agility by applying modern data center principles aligned with DevOps service creation and deployment
Hardware and facilities redundancy offering unprecedented business continuity
Low latency supporting the rigid specifications of the 5G standard
Network elasticity to support service growth to not just multi-gigabit, but multi-10Gbit/s levels
Cost sensitivity supporting mass market services further enabled by Fixed Access Network Sharing (FANS)
With the current maturation of 10G broadband technologies, and the heightened demand for high-speed fixed and mobile connectivity, 2017 is promising to be the year mass-market, multi-gigabit 10Gbit/s fiber services become commercially viable.
NG-PON2 broadband access technology is already in trials with multiple major network operators but is it too early for the commercial deployment of this next generation ultra-broadband technology? In this UBB2020 live radio show, ADTRAN's Kurt Raaflaub provides an update on NG-PON2 developments and chats to Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre about how this technology could play a role in production access networks in 2017.