The BT Group has taken a fair bit of stick over its position on Fibre To The Home, but when BT management has talked about the topic it has usually ruled out a nationwide deployment in the near future, but suggested that it may be used for green field developments. For one new housing development it appears that Fibre to the Home is to become a reality for people and businesses who will eventually move into the Ebbsfleet Valley development (near BlueWater in Kent). This development will comprise of up to 9,500 new homes, commercial offices, retail, community and leisure facilities in an area of 1000 acres.
The deal that will see fibre deployed was reached between BT Openreach, Land Securities and British Sky Broadcasting. Multiple fibre deployment to properties means that each home will be pre-enabled to receive Freeview, DAB radio and satellite-based entertainment, avoiding the need for satellite dishes. The fibre should also provide broadband services that surpass current speeds available in the UK, though until packages and prices are announced exact broadband speeds will be speculation.
The optical fibre network will be created by Openreach and will operate on a basis whereby access is available to all communications service providers, hopefully ensuring equal access to all.