UK's Fastest 10Gbps Fibre Broadband Roll Out

UK's Fastest 10Gbps Fibre Broadband Roll Out

This is our first round seed to ask people and businesses to pledge whatever they can for this state of the art broadband infrastructure.

We did it!

On 26th Apr 2017 we successfully raised £20 with 1 supporter in 56 days


The initial first round is to raise capital to procure existing fibre duct infrastructure to start building out our network, this capital will secure the asset.

Unfortunately, due to a large amount of commercially sensitive information we have had to remove quite a lot of data which we are unable to display on this public platform.

Executive Summary

Optic Networks Ltd is an innovative start-up company that provides sonic fast broadband Internet connections to multiple high rise tower blocks commonly known as multiple dwelling units. Utilising the next generation of XG-PON technology and proprietary networking equipment Optic Networks will be able to serve large areas of tenanted and owned high rise multi dwelling units offering the fastest true fibre optic broadband Internet connections in the city. XG-PON technology is 10Gbps downstream and 2.5Gbps upstream, no other broadband business offers this services in any city in the UK, and its affordable and cost effective. The plan, ten cities in five years with a homes passed rate based on a scenario of a minimum 30% penetration Rate (2,387 subscribers) out of homes passed (7,956) per city.

Optic Networks was founded by Bob Snowden and Richard Harris, both Bob and Richard have a combined fifty-seven years in delivering huge fibre optic network infrastructure projects across Europe. With this level of experience both Bob and Richard have the skills to execute on this well-researched business plan. Having previously managed the builds of large scale multi-million pound networks for some of the biggest names in the fibre optic carrier market including the FTTH sector. This market is now about to explode here in the UK, this has now given an incredible boost in confidence to accomplish a business venture but also provide the business with solid project management skills and experience to execute this venture.

The market for true fibre broadband Internet connections is wide open. Demand for traditional broadband connections is surpassing conservative forecasts. The fibre optic market is even more exciting due to the significantly lower costs needed in terms of delivery infrastructure within building out multi dwelling units. Unlike traditional fibre to the home projects we cut out around 60% of the construction/civil work giving us a quicker return on the asset.

As Optic Networks' customer base grows costs decrease through scales of economy creating an even more compelling argument for Optic Networks' existence. Optic Networks has targeted three distinct groups to cut back on build costs. The first is try utilise local data centres, carrier neutral, a key driver for co-location and lower costs for bandwidth.

The second is purchasing duct space from incumbent infrastructure asset owners of readily built networks, having already spoken to national asset owners with infrastructure in the cities were looking to deploy. From the duct infrastructure of a 110mm pipe Optic Networks only require space to install a 14/18mm secondary duct for our fibre. A 288 fibre mini cable can then be blown into the duct ready for connectivity. Cable chambers will be then built adjacent to the incumbent supplier’s infrastructure which will then give us a completely segregated network.

The third is getting your infrastructure as close to as many multi dwelling units where there are more than 96 occupiers in each block, 96 being the worst case lower number. The more occupiers there are in a building the less per home it costs to build and we know this from experience as this is what we currently do. People living in the city do tend to have more of a disposable income which is a great target market for Optic Networks as they are then closer to technology to use the internet much more.

Based on our attractive growth over a five-year period, years one to two target purely on residents of a more affluent type in MDU inner city properties. Year three onwards brings value added services, not yet included in our financials however we can safely say it will add an additional 30% to the revenue’s at its worst case. These value added services come in the form of business broadband offerings, over the top services such as IPTV, home security monitoring and smart city intelligence, E-health, large display outdoor digital advertising etc.….

Business Model & Characteristics

Network Architecture: External Network

Network Architecture: Central Office

Our Partners


aql is an accredited 3 MVNE Service Provider and m2m specialised company.

About aql® Limited:
aql® is a UK based, regulated telecommunications operator. aql® specialise in providing secure, reliable wholesale access to the fixed and mobile networks to government, enterprise and to innovators.

The numbers speak for themselves – aql® is responsible for the voice services and numbering on over 42 million numbers for over 20 UK ISP’s, routes over 1 million SMS text messages per day and has enabled over 40 UK MVNO brands.

aql® also own and operate a significant national data network and secure datacentre sites within the UK. Underpinning their service design expertise is a carrier grade delivery network, operating both in the IP and TDM domain, allowing aql® to provide innovation and bring the service to operation.

The aql® network is a national network spanning several sites. With a large presence both in London and also significant out-of-London points of presence, this allows aql to operate a heavily interconnected network with full geographic resilience.



ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, will release its ZXHN F260A, a next generation passive optical network (XG-PON1) home gateway that delivers the industry's best performance at the 2016 GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. As part of ZTE's XG-PON1 solution, the ZXHN F260A employs cutting-edge technologies, including XG-PON1, 802.11ac Wave 2, 10G Ethernet and USB 3.0, to provide users with ultra-fast triple-play services.

The ZXHN F260A has a 10G Ethernet port to offer a full line rate of up to 10Gbps downstream for home users, which is required for ultra-high bandwidth fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) application. Moreover, enterprise routers and switches can connect to the 10G Ethernet port to fulfil the requirements of fibre-to-the-office (FTTO) scenarios. The ZXHN F260A supports 3x3 11n@2.4GHz and 4x4 11ac@5GHz in dual-band dual-concurrent mode to deliver speeds of up to 2.2Gbps. This enables it to easily transmit multiple simultaneous HD video streams and other services. The adoption of beam-forming technology by the ZXHN F260A drastically improves its transmission performance, which translates into more stable and longer range Wi-Fi coverage for users.

The ZXHN F260A also complies with the IEEE 802.11ac Wave 2 specification, whose multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) feature supports sending data to four user groups simultaneously. Compared with the single-user MIMO (SU-MIMO) feature of 802.11ac Wave 1, MU-MIMO improves the utilisation of Wi-Fi by at least 30 percent. The ZXHN F260A has two USB 3.0 host ports with speeds 10 times faster than USB 2.0. The ports are not only better for supporting file sharing services through USB storage, but also enable LTE backup access or hybrid access via external LTE dongles. With the release of the ZXHN F260A high-performance XG-PON1 home gateway, ZTE expects to bring users an ultra-high bandwidth experience and accelerate the commercial deployment of XG-PON1 solutions.
ZTE is committed to promoting the commercial deployment of XG-PON1 solutions. As a leader of fibre-to-the-x (FTTx), ZTE launched the industry's first ASIC-based 8-port XG-PON1 board in the second half of 2013, one year prior to other vendors. The board has been commercially deployed by operators including Orange Spain, China Mobile, and Telkom.

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