"NDFF will enable UK researchers to remain at the forefront of technology research for the future internet. UK Photonics and UK electronics are large industries with annual revenues of £10 billion and £29 billion respectively. We will be working with leading UK companies to transfer technologies developed with the aid of NDFF into new products and services. The benefits to the UK economy will be correspondingly large."

Professor Alwyn Seeds, NDFF Director

Welcome to NDFF

The National Dark Fibre Facility (NDFF) is an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) National Research Facility, established in 2014 to enable researchers to develop the underpinning communications technologies for the future internet.

A dedicated fibre network named as Aurora2 will be provided by NDFF, linking four universities sites, UCL, Bristol, Cambridge and Southampton, with onward connection to European and Worldwide research networks via telecommunications facilities in London.

As well as supporting research on the future core optical network, NDFF will also enable research with converging networks and internet applications. In this web site, we are delighted to provide a description of our facility, research highlights and how to access the facility.


NDFF User Meeting: Creating a UK-wide Dark Fibre Network

This meeting is to bring together users and potential users of dark fibre with industry and government partners and the NDFF team to discuss the future development of dark fibre networking in the UK.

You are welcome to attend in person or online via Zoom. 

Registration is required to attend this event. Capacity is limited for in person attendance.

When and where

Date: Tuesday 13th September 2022

Time: 10:30-15:00

Location: Central London (in person) / Zoom (online)


Registration is required to attend this event. Numbers are limited for the in-person meeting.

Registration deadline: 5pm, Monday 5th September 2022.

Register on Eventbrite HERE 


If you have questions about this event please contact:

Alwyn Seeds
Lalitha Ponnampalam


10:30 Welcome and Introduction Alwyn Seeds (UCL, NDFF Director)
10:40 Keynote: A UK-Wide Dark Fibre Network Giovanni Barontini (University of Birmingham)
11:10 Time and Frequency Applications of a Dark Fibre Network Rachel Goodun (NPL)
11:30 Sensing and scientific Applications of a Dark Fibre Network UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Timing
11:50 Break  
12:10 Future Optical Transmission Research using the National Dark Fibre Facility Periklis Petropoulos (University of Southampton)
12:30 Future Networks Research using the National Dark Fibre Facility Dimitra Simeonidou and Reza Nejabati (University of Bristol)
12:50 Quantum Key Distribution using the National Dark Fibre Facility Adrian Wonfor (University of Cambridge/UK Quantum Communications Hub)
13:10 Lunch  
14:00 Discussion: Priorities for a UK-wide Dark Fibre Network Chaired by Giovanni Barontini
14:30 Discussion: Priorities for Capital enhancements to the National Dark Fibre Facility Chaired by Alwyn Seeds
15:00 Close