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EFFECT Photonics Supporting 5G Fixed Wireless Access in Rural Wales


July 12,2022, As part of the Welsh Government’s efforts to ensure all residents have access to fast and reliable digital infrastructure, EFFECT Photonics is assisting with the roll out of 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) services in hard-to-reach areas in Wales. Led by Vodafone, the project seeks to deliver broadband connectivity to 422 households in Anglesey, an island off the northwest coast of Wales. This is the latest collaboration between EFFECT Photonics and Vodafone, with the two companies already working together to bring 5G connectivity in the Netherlands.


The project will be carried out over two phases during an 18-month period. It is supported by the government’s Local Broadband Fund (LBF) as well as the Isle of Anglesey County Council and North Wales Economic Ambition Board. In addition to EFFECT Photonics and Vodafone, Bangor University’s Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Centre for Excellence is a supplier along with others. EFFECT Photonics and Bangor University have also partnered on the DESTINI project, for the development of an algorithm which can be introduced into existing telecommunications networks to expedite 5G connectivity.


“Photonics technology is an ideal solution for fixed wireless access due to its ability to provide increased bandwidth density with less energy consumption over significant distances,” said Joost Verberk, Director of Product Management, EFFECT Photonics. "We look forward to collaborating with the Welsh government, along with Vodafone and Bangor University once again, to bring 5G broadband access to areas where it never seemed possible before.”


EFFECT Photonics SFP+ Modules and NarroWave Technology

Based on Indium Phosphide technology, the EFFECT Photonics 10 Gbps Narrow Tunable SFP+ Transceiver Module leverages the company’s unique Photonics Integrated Circuit (PIC) technology. It features EFFECT Photonics NarroWave technology, which allows operators to set up, monitor and control remote SFP+ modules from the central office, without making any hardware or software changes in the field.