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BT announces National Fibre roll-out

Paddy_o_furniture Avatar
8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
BT has this morning surprised many by announcing a £1.5bn fibre rollout programme which is expected to give up to 10 million homes access to fibre by 2012. The plans will allow for delivery of broadband speed of up to 100 Mbps, but more importantly, the network will allow BT to stay at the forefront of fast connectivity far beyond current technology into 1Gbps, 10Gbps and further as demand for faster services rises connected directly by fibre to the premises.

The telco has stated that this plan is subject to an appropriate regulatory regime and removing current barriers to investment including ensuring that those investing in fibre are able to earn a fair rate of return for their shareholders, the previous sticking point on why BT has not started this fibre rollout earlier.

"Broadband has boosted the UK economy and is now an essential part of our customers lives. We now want to make a step-change in broadband provision which will offer faster speeds than ever before. This marks the beginning of a new chapter in Britains broadband story.

This is a bold step by BT and we need others to be just as bold. We are keen to partner with people who share our vision for the next phase of the broadband revolution. We want to work with local and regional bodies to decide where and when we should focus the deployment. Our aim is that urban and rural areas alike will benefit from our investment."

Ian Livingston (Chief Executive), BT
This move will allow BT to compete head on with Virgin Media who will now have a difficult decision to make in deciding when to upgrade their existing coax-fibre hybrid network. The BT expansion is a significant expansion in fibre and starts the ball rolling on fibre-to-the-home, but initially most premises will be connected via a local street cabinet, similar to the Virgin Media network. We therefore suspect VM will not be updating their plans for some time as they are still in a relatively good competitive position. It will also be interesting to see how BSkyB will react to the market and whether BT is likely to try and extend its BT Vision service to deliver equivalent or better services than Sky and Virgin Media in high-definition television content.

The increased bandwidth offered by fibre will not only allow 'super-fast broadband' services but the capability for the entire family to watch different HD television channels. BT also point out the improved upstream speeds would encourage a new generation of video conferencing options at home.

BT has stated its commitment to wholesaling the fibre-based services to ensure a competitive environment. This is undoubtedly designed at least in part to ensure minimal intervention from the regulator, but also it wants access to any other next generation network operators' networks. This is particularly good news for those in less populated areas as it is difficult enough to justify fibre rollout to them even for a single operator. It is however worth noting that this project is not delivering fibre to every home in the country, although it is a significant step forward.

It is important to note that this is not a full "fibre-to-the-home" (FTTH) rollout although many new-build sites including the Olympic Village will have FTTH deployments. Other areas are more likely to be served by "Fibre-to-the-cabinet" (FTTC) services which is a reasonable compromise to get going on this project. Homes connected directly to fibre (FTTH) will expect services around 100Mbps whilst those connected via a street cabinet (FTTC) are likely to receive services in the 40Mbps region initially, rising potentially to 60Mbps. The future capability of FTTH however is far greater as it is possible to upgrade the components that light the fibre at each end as technology improves.

This development should be welcomed by everyone including BT shareholders. Provided the regulatory environment is effective it is the beginning of the next wave of broadband in the UK, and BT shareholders will no doubt share in the success.

source thinkbroadband.com

No confirmation on the intial 40% coverage. My shares will take an initial pummeling for this.
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8y, 6m agoPosted 8 years, 6 months ago
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#1
anyone care to hold ones breath till this is rolled out? lol :)
#2
40% coverage is pathetic. It's BT - should be 90-95%.
banned#3
unbelieveable that all customers have to foot the £1.5 Billion bill for what will only be available to 40% of them!
#4
highguyuk;2533334
40% coverage is pathetic. It's BT - should be 90-95%.

Why is that? at a cost of 1.5 billion.they don;'t have bottomless pockets, BT is a PLC and has shareholders (me as one). It's a start and a move in the right direction.

It's easy to knock BT, but don't forget alot of countires where fibre networks are in place have been put in place by state owned telcos.
#5
It's a drop in the ocean, BT have been dragging their feet over this for years. You see that's the problem with privatising a natural monopoly, why would they invest in new things while we're all lapping up the same old rubbish, meanwhile much of Europe is enjoying fiber already. Even after many slaps on the wrist from the regulator they're still only just starting to talk about doing something........and that's all this is until we see some engineers out laying the stuff, talk!
#6
BT doesn't has bottomless pockets, and OFCOM is partly to blame for BT dragging it's heels. Why is BT gonna invest billions of pounds investing in the network only to be told it has to allow other operators, sky, talk talk, tiscali, equal access to it even though it's BT that stumped up the cash. Most FTTH around the world are state owned or have been heavily subsisised by the local govt.
banned#7
Guessing Northern Ireland will be left out as usual
#8
No details announced about the locations yet. NI does get hard done by. Lovely place though
banned#9
Johnrulez
Guessing Northern Ireland will be left out as usual


and Scotland & Wales :x
banned#10
I think I can "struggle" with 8 Mbps for a couple of years.

Infrastructure has to be updated sometime and if you look at China and other countries boasting super fast internet access..... have you ever tried downloading a file from a Chinese website :). (I rest my case)
#11
London will get it first. All the towns that can get up to 24Mbit will get it, all us suckers who can get less than 4Mbit will be left out as usual
banned#12
I would be happy to get 1Mb. Oh just remembered I live in rural Scotland, so no frigging chance.
#13
Paddy_o_furniture
BT doesn't has bottomless pockets, and OFCOM is partly to blame for BT dragging it's heels. Why is BT gonna invest billions of pounds investing in the network only to be told it has to allow other operators, sky, talk talk, tiscali, equal access to it even though it's BT that stumped up the cash. Most FTTH around the world are state owned or have been heavily subsisised by the local govt.


You making sound like "allowing access" is giving it away for free, BT still make money from LLU and enjoy large profits. :whistling:

BT are a private company with effectively zero competition, because they own the network. A situation any private telco would love to be in. To my mind natural monopoles like telecoms should be state run anyway to prevent things like the supremely dominant situation BT are in, but that's a whole different discussion. Ofcom have to kick BT regularly because if they didn't BT would just shut up the LLU shop, charge what they like wholesale and still not invest in the network, making even more profit on the way.

Britain is in the broadband dark ages compared to most of the developed world, because BT has too much power. They have no incentive to invest in the network, if it was a truly competitive market, as you imply it is, they would have to invest to compete. No competition = no investment in the network, unless Ofcom kick **** = some of the worst broadband speeds in Europe. Some places still can't even get 1Mb........Good old BT, right? :thumbsup:
#14
I very much doubt BT would shut up the LLU shop as you suggest, the jewel in BT's crown now is Openreach, who where created especially to allow OLO's into the market and give them equal access to the network. Openreach probably create more revenue for the BT group than BT retail.
#15
It could be far worse you could live in Hull and be stuck with Kingston comms.
#16
Paddy_o_furniture
BT doesn't has bottomless pockets, and OFCOM is partly to blame for BT dragging it's heels. Why is BT gonna invest billions of pounds investing in the network only to be told it has to allow other operators, sky, talk talk, tiscali, equal access to it even though it's BT that stumped up the cash.


Paddy_o_furniture
I very much doubt BT would shut up the LLU shop as you suggest, the jewel in BT's crown now is Openreach, who where created especially to allow OLO's into the market and give them equal access to the network. Openreach probably create more revenue for the BT group than BT retail.


I tend to find arguments hold very little water when they are self contradicting like that :thumbsup:

On the one hand you're saying: Poor old BT being forced to open up the network, that's why they don't invest........yet......."the jewel in BT's crown now is Openreach", the very thing created by opening up the network.

So what's their excuse for not investing again? They couldn't possibly be expected to invest when the opening up of the network has netted them huge profits, right? :whistling:

You have to be a BT employee, only corporate spin could try and fluff up that kind of direct contradiction like it's a good thing for the consumer.
#17
I am a BT (Openreach) employee, and no one is quicker to knock them at work than me. We could go round in circles which I'm not gonna do. People moaned at Bt when they never invested in the network now they announce they are gonnna put over a billion pounds into and some people still aren't happy.
#18
"stay at the forefront" ?????..... WTF :w00t:

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