- Scotland-based internet service provider (ISP) Commsworld became the first operator to sign up to Openreach’s recently launched Dark Fibre X
Scotland-based internet service provider (ISP) Commsworld became the first operator to sign up to Openreach’s recently launched Dark Fibre X (DFX) product (BTwatch, #309 and #306). The ISP said its “initial” rollout will see 200km of dark fibre lit to upgrade backhaul into its enabled exchanges across the Scottish Borders, linking the region to its national optical core network with ‘ultrafast’ speeds of up to 10Gbps. The DFX product reflects the requirements of regulator Ofcom’s most recent Business Connectivity Market Review (BCMR), which mandated the availability of a form of dark fibre from Openreach in limited circumstances, and approved loosening of regulation on leased‑line pricing in certain geographic markets. It is likely to be in effect until spring 2021, when a new BCMR is expected to be issued. However, rivals TalkTalk and Vodafone UK have appealed the Ofcom BCMR statement to the Competition Appeal Tribunal, protesting the regulator’s reasoning behind its decision (BTwatch, #306 and passim).