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Loop Telecom Tele-protection Solutions: Enhance Your Network with the IP6704A-C37.94

In an age where the stability and reliability of power systems are crucial, Loop Telecom offers top-tier tele-protection solutions that ensure rapid fault detection and isolation. The Loop Telecom IP6704A-C37.94 stands out as an industry-leading device designed to safeguard your electrical infrastructure with precision and efficiency.

Why Choose Loop Telecom’s IP6704A-C37.94 Tele-protection Solution?

The IP6704A-C37.94 from Loop Telecom is built to deliver exceptional performance and reliability, making it the ideal choice for a variety of critical applications. Its advanced features and capabilities ensure that your power systems remain secure and operational, even in the most challenging environments.

Key Features and Capabilities

  1. High-Speed Protection: The IP6704A-C37.94 is engineered to detect and isolate faults within milliseconds, minimizing downtime and preventing damage to your infrastructure.
  2. Compatibility with C37.94 Standard: Full compliance with the C37.94 standard ensures seamless integration with existing protection relays and communication equipment.
  3. Versatile Connectivity: Supports a wide range of communication protocols, including Ethernet and IP, allowing for flexible deployment across different network architectures.
  4. Redundant Design: Features redundant power supplies and communication paths to enhance system reliability and ensure continuous operation.
  5. Comprehensive Monitoring: Equipped with advanced diagnostic and monitoring tools for real-time system analysis and proactive maintenance.
  6. Robust Security: Incorporates robust security measures to protect against cyber threats and unauthorized access, safeguarding your critical data and communications.

Specific Part Numbers and Their Applications

1. IP6704A-C37.94 Tele-protection Device

  • Application: Ideal for high-speed tele-protection in utility and industrial environments.
  • Features:
    • Supports up to 4 tele-protection channels
    • Complies with C37.94 communication standard
    • Dual Ethernet ports for network redundancy
    • Extensive protocol support including IEC 61850, DNP3, and Modbus
    • GPS and IEEE 1588v2 synchronization options
  • Part Number: IP6704A-C37.94

2. IP6704A-C37.94-OPT Optical Interface Module

  • Application: Designed for long-distance tele-protection over optical networks.
  • Features:
    • High-speed fibre optic communication
    • Low latency for critical protection signals
    • Supports up to 4 optical tele-protection channels
    • Suitable for harsh environmental conditions
  • Part Number: IP6704A-C37.94-OPT

Applications of the IP6704A-C37.94

  • Power Utilities: Ensuring rapid fault isolation to maintain grid stability and prevent widespread outages.
  • Industrial Facilities: Protecting sensitive equipment and infrastructure from electrical disturbances.
  • Renewable Energy Systems: Safeguarding solar farms, wind farms, and other renewable energy sources from electrical faults.
  • Transportation Networks: Maintaining reliable power supply for railways, metros, and other critical transportation systems.
  • Oil and Gas Sector: Enhancing the safety and reliability of power systems in remote and hazardous environments.

Contact Fibre Technologies Ltd for Your Tele-protection Needs

Fibre Technologies Ltd is your trusted partner for Loop Telecom’s tele-protection solutions. Our team of experts is ready to help you select the right products and provide the support you need to secure your power systems.

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Invest in the IP6704A-C37.94 tele-protection solution from Loop Telecom and experience unparalleled protection for your network. Contact Fibre Technologies Ltd now to learn more about our products, request a quote, or schedule a consultation with our experts. Protect your infrastructure with the best in tele-protection technology – your network’s safety is our priority!

Modernisation of Telco services using the Loop Telecom G7860A

Historically Telco services have been built on SDH/PDH (Synchronous Digital Hierarchy/Plesiochronous Digital Hierarchy) circuits, which offered high levels of reliability and service assurance.

Whilst this technology has been in decline for many years due to many factors there are still numerous examples of circuits based on E1 and/or STM-1 protocols in use today, typically carried over microwave links, that need to be either fully replaced or modernised. Fibre Technologies and Loop Telecom can assist in the migration from Legacy SDH/PDH to current technologies and allow migration to newer equipment with a solution based on the Loop G7860A.

A recent case study involved a service provider that needed to replace an existing directional radio network.

The Legacy Network.

The successor solution needed to fulfill the following requirements:-

  • Transport for grooming E1, STM-1, and IP services
  • Clock synchronization for remote nodes
  • In-band remote management
  • Centralized service provision and supervision

The Modernised Network.

The G7860A-based solution replaced microwave links with fibre for E1 and IP service transmission with aggregation at each node and SyncE for external synchronization.

Key Features.

  • All-Packet based access nodes for transporting PDH, SDH/SONET, Ethernet services using both Pseudo Wire and Carrier Ethernet
  • L3 Routing Functionalities
  • Up to 81Gbps switching capacity
  • Support for E1/T1 and STM-1/4 circuits
  • Supports SyncE
  • Carrier class protection (Protection switching time <50ms)
  • End to end OAM
  • Integrated TDM BERT and loopback functionalities
  • Fully manageable via SNMP and CLI
  • For more details please contact –
  • sales@fibre.co.uk          
  • Tel – 00 44 (0)1344 75 22 22

BT and OneWeb launch satellite connectivity in Lundy Island

BT and OneWeb, in partnership with the UK government, are now delivering internet connectivity to Lundy Island, North Devon.

Sitting 19km off the coast of North Devon, Lundy is the first real-world demonstration of BT and OneWeb’s strategic partnership which aims to deliver high-speed, reliable connectivity to remote locations in the UK and onwards.

It’s brilliant to be bringing high-speed, low-latency connectivity to Lundy Island in partnership with OneWeb and DSIT,” said Greg McCall, chief networks officer, BT Group.

“The installation will not only have a transformative impact on the island and its residents but is also a significant milestone in demonstrating the value of satellite communications and the crucial role such solutions will play in enabling digital connectivity across the entirety of the UK and beyond.”

Connectivity is delivered through an Intellian dual parabolic terminal on the island. This small, outdoor satellite antenna system connects to OneWeb’s constellation of over 630 low earth orbit (LEO) satellites which orbit at a distance of 1,200km. This is then connected to an indoor satellite modem to provide two-way data connectivity.

The connection then travels from User Terminal (UT) to Satellite Network Portal (SNP) via the LEO satellites, where it is backhauled across OneWeb’s WAN to one of BT’s points of presence (PoP) in London. From the PoP, traffic is routed back into the internet or delivered into BT’s 21C core network.

“We are excited to be working with BT and DSIT across Lundy Island, as we deliver consistent and stable connectivity to its community,” said Stephen Beynon, chief commercial officer, OneWeb. 

Read the full story.

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Spring UK Budget 2023 – Full Expensing May Help FTTP and 5G Rollout

The Chancellor of the UK Government, Jeremy Hunt, has today announced the Spring 2023 Budget, which sadly made no mention of any extra support for gigabit broadband or 5G mobile deployments. But the new “full expensing” measure could help to bring down the cost of some related plant and machinery (capital expenses).

Firstly, we weren’t expecting to see any major “new” broadband and mobile related infrastructure funding announcements from the Government this time around, which is because they’re already running two such schemes. The first one is their £1bn Shared Rural Network project (progress update), which aims to extend geographic 4G based mobile (mobile broadband) coverage to 95% of the UK by end of 2025 (it will help 5G too).

The second one is their £5bn Project Gigabit programme, which aims to make gigabit-capable (1Gbps+) broadband ISP networks available to at least 85% of UK premises by the end of 2025 and then “nationwide” by 2030 (Winter 2023 Progress Update). The project consists of several support schemes, including vouchers (£210m), funding to extend Dark Fibre in the public sector (£110m) and gap-funded deployments with suppliers (rest of the funding).

Read the full story here.

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INCA Accuses Ofcom of Putting UK Full Fibre Rollout at Risk UPDATE

The Independent Networks Co-operative Association, which represents UK alternative broadband ISP networks, has today warned Ofcom that “more than £25bn worth of investment” to improve the UK’s digital infrastructure “will be directly threatened” if Openreach is allowed to introduce new FTTP wholesale price discounts (Equinox 2).

Just to recap. Openreach are set to introduce a new round of wholesale discounts on their full fibre broadband products from April 2023 (here). The move is intended to help their ISPs stay competitive with newer alternative networks (Summary of UK Full Fibre Builds) and further reduce the price of related packages, which will in turn boost take-up by consumers and aid the move away from copper lines.

As we’ve previously said, the discounts under Equinox 2 are not as dramatic as Equinox 1, with smaller changes to rentals and some reductions in connection charges. Nevertheless, more than a few AltNets view the move as being anticompetitive (here), with CityFibre even going so far as to lodge a Competition Act complaint with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and Ofcom (here).

Openreach’s smaller rivals carry a lot of risk due to being in the earliest stages of investment and build, but many of which have previously enjoyed a market where the operator was traditionally much more expensive. This made it easier for them to grow take-up, attract investment and gain support from ISPs to join alternative wholesale options. But at the same time, they fear that Openreach’s response (more discounts) may be putting all of that at risk.

However, last month saw Ofcom take the “provisional” position not to intervene (here), which the regulator said was because Openreach’s offer is “not anti-competitive and is consistent with the rules we consulted on before introducing them under our market review in 2021.” INCA has now responded to the related consultation and their reaction is much the same as it was last December (here).

Read the full story here.

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Broadband ISP Brillband Secures £475,000 Investment Boost

Glasgow-based ISP Brillband, which at its launch last year (here) chose to quirkily describe itself as the “world’s first … app-based broadband provider“, has secured an additional £475k investment from “digital infrastructure banking experts based in Australia and Norway-based angel investors” to help expand across the UK.

In case anybody has forgotten, Brillband currently only sells Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based broadband packages over CityFibre’s network in Scotland. At launch this was only available to parts of Glasgow and Renfrewshire, but they’ve since gone live across areas of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Inverness and Stirling to match CityFibre’s current footprint.

The new investment is said to value the company at £5.4m, although valuing a new ISP before it’s had time to build a strong customer base – in this already over-crowded market of broadband providers – is not a task for the faint of heart. The provider needs to be given time to show that it can break into the market successfully, ideally without breaking itself in the process.

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The First 6G Mobile Broadband Networks Could Surface in 2028


The Government of South Korea has set somewhat of a marker down for the world this week after announcing that they would aim to bring forward the timetable for launching the first commercial 6G based mobile network, which would see it being introduced from 2028 instead of 2030 (with pre-6G trials staring in 2026).

At present, the 6G standard is still in the early R&D phase, and most people didn’t expect to see the first commercial builds until around 2030. But it is widely expected to be aiming for theoretical peak data rates of up to 1Tbps (Terabits per second) – or 1000Gbps if you prefer – and may be able to harness radio spectrum up to the TeraHertz (THz) bands, while also using AI optimisations, new antenna designs and other changes to improve network efficiency.

However, hitting such speeds in the real-world is a much bigger challenge, due to various reasons, such as the highly variable mobile environment (weather, buildings, trees and device choice all impact signal quality). Not to mention the high cost of needing to deploy an extremely dense and complex network, which is needed to help overcome the huge problems with weak signals and other obstacles (e.g. building lots of new masts tends to upset people).

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Talk of a Sale Surrounds UK Full Fibre AltNet Provider Trooli

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Kent-based broadband ISP Trooli, which aims to deploy a full fibre (FTTP) network to 1 million UK premises by the end of 2024 (in August they reported 275,000 completed), has attracted fresh rumours of a possible sale after they reportedly appointed a business sale and restructuring specialist, David Duggins, to their Board.

At present the provider is known to be building across a sizeable number of towns and villages in Derbyshire, Kent, East Sussex, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Hampshire and Suffolk. As part of this, Trooli were initially aiming to reach 400,000 premises across around 300 towns and villages by Dec 2022, but we’ve so far been unable to confirm how close they got to this.

The project was initially supported by an investment of €30m from the Connecting Europe Broadband Fund (Cube Infrastructure Managers) and £5m from NatWest, which was given a huge boost in 2021 by a new £67.5m debt facility agreement via a consortium of commercial lenders, facilitated by the CEBF (here).

Read the full story here.

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Gigaclear’s £38m Rural Buckinghamshire FTTP Build Sees Competition

Rural UK broadband ISP Gigaclear has announced that their ongoing £38m investment to expand their UK Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network into Buckinghamshire (England), which has already covered around 19,000 premises, is being extended to reach 1,700 homes in the village of Great Missenden. But they’re not alone.

The first deployment work in Great Missenden is due to get underway in February 2023, and it will then join several other locations in the county where Gigaclear has already built, or are building, including Aston Clinton, Naphill, Chesham Bois, Great Missenden, Haddenham and Buckingham. A number of other locations in the region are also being planned for the future.

NOTE: The Infracapital-backed ISP is investing up to £700m to reach 500,000 UK premises by the end of 2023 (they’ve already covered 380,000).

However, the move is interesting, since a number of other alternative and gigabit-capable broadband networks, such as via Swish Fibre and Trooli, are also deploying across the same area. Not to mention Openreach’s FTTP build and the fact that F&W Networks is nearby doing the same.

Read the full story here.

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Wildanet Win Gigabit Broadband Rollout Contract for Cornwall UK

The fifth contract awarded under the Government’s £5bn Project Gigabit broadband rollout scheme – worth £36 million – has today been handed to UK ISP Wildanet, which will upgrade connectivity for more than 19,250 hard-to-reach homes and businesses across rural parts of Cornwall in South West England.

At present, Wildanet is already in the process of deploying their gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network – backed by an investment of £50m from the Gresham House British Strategic Investment Infrastructure Fund (BSIF) – to reach rural premises across rural parts of Cornwall and Devon (they also operate a slower fixed wireless network). But the operator has, thus far, been quite vague about how much progress they’ve made.

NOTE: Around 73% of UK premises can already access a gigabit network (c. 45% via just FTTP) – see here.

By comparison, Project Gigabit aims to extend 1Gbps capable (download speeds) networks to reach at least 85% of UK premises by the end of 2025, before hopefully achieving “nationwide” coverage (c. 99%) by around 2030 (here). Commercial investment is expected to deliver around 80% of this, which leaves the government’s scheme to focus on tackling the final 20% (mostly rural and some sub-urban areas), where the private sector alone often fails. The project is technology neutral, so it can be delivered via either “full fibre” FTTP, Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) or fixed wireless access (e.g. 5G), but FTTP favoured.

Read the full story here.

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