Other names for FNO
Fibre Network Owners (FNOs) are also referred to by various names in different countries or regions. However, these alternative names all have the primary role – deploying, owning, managing, and maintaining fibre optic cable and connectivity infrastructure. Some of the other terms used to describe FNOs are:
- Fiber Network Operators: This term is essentially the same as Fibre Network Owners but uses the American English spelling of “fibre” instead of “fibre.”
- Network Infrastructure Providers (NIPs): In some contexts, FNOs are referred to as Network Infrastructure Providers, emphasising their role in providing the physical infrastructure necessary for internet connectivity.
- Wholesale Network Operators: FNOs can also be called Wholesale Network Operators, particularly when they provide services to multiple ISPs, who then offer retail services to end-users.
- Fibre Infrastructure Providers (FIPs): This term is another way to describe companies responsible for the deployment and management of fibre optic networks.
In South Africa, FNOs are generally called Fibre Network Owners, but they may also be referred to using some of the terms mentioned above. In other countries, the specific terminology used for FNOs may vary based on local industry practices and regulations.