The Fibre Café connects UK fibre ecosystem

Strategic Imperatives has announced the launch of The Fibre Café, a project aiming to seamlessly connect the UK fibre ecosystem.

The Fibre Café’s wholesale fibre aggregation gateway will connect network providers, AltNets and Communication Service Providers via a single unified gateway, aiming for reduced costs and accelerated time to market. 

The solution eliminates the ‘spaghetti’ approach to integration, the company said in a statement, providing a single interface underpinned by a modern API, common processes and a unified order journey.

The Fibre Café added that the current wholesale fibre landscape creates an ‘unworkable’ matrix of point-to-point integrations, worsened by disparate technologies, varying levels of OSS/BSS maturity, inconsistent order journeys, bespoke data models and different interfaces. 

This limits consumer choice, ‘entrenches’ dominant operators and acts as a barrier to market for AltNets and connectivity providers, the company said.

Describing its ‘develop once, connect to many’ solution as highly flexible and scalable, the Fibre Café’s wholesale platform includes a national availability checker and standardised view of services, appointing and service availability, a single UK-wide data model and a consolidated taxonomy, and a single security model with consolidated audit trails.

“The Fibre gateway is not just a technology innovation, it is born of extensive collaboration and consultation with organisations that share our vision of building a connected Digital Britain,” said Wail Sabbagh, director at the Fibre Café.

“With a growing list of CSPs and AltNets onboard, The Fibre Café is creating a more equal marketplace, enhancing customer choice and creating a vibrant and dynamic wholesale market that was not previously possible.”