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Fibre broadband is coming to Broughton, near Huntingdon
Monday 12 July 2010 14:37:41 by John Hunt

Fibre-to-the-home is coming to Broughton, a small hamlet near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire thanks to a fibre roll out plan from Vtesse Broadband. The company recently announced the deployment of fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) to two villages in Hertfordshire, but this latest announcement sees fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) deployed. Broughton will be connected to the Vtesse national backbone network which runs nearby and homes will be connected via fibre using over ground cable routes. These will be run on existing poles which are currently used for distributing electricity and telephone services in the area.

"Broughton was chosen at this stage as it lies close to one of Vtesse's main arterial fibre optic routes, making the cost of bringing fibre to the community acceptable. We are also very keen to test the practicality of pole sharing and this community is largely pole fed for both power and telecoms. We will be looking to share existing poles and also to use own where necessary.

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One thing is for sure though. For any of [these fibre based broadband technologies] to stand a chance of wide-scale deployment by broadband operators, three pronged support by Government is necessary.

Firstly, equitable shared access to the poles and ducts of the main utility suppliers is needed to bring the costs of deploying local fibre to down an acceptable level. It is widely perceived that this "problem" has been fixed, but the current timetable is likely to see 2 years elapse before implementation. This is clearly unacceptable to broadband deprived consumers.

Secondly, we need an immediate review of the "fibre taxes" recently revised and implemented by the VOA. They kill stone dead the business case for fibre to the community and fibre to the home.

Thirdly, we need OFCOM to pay urgent attention to the charges levied by Openreach for sub-loop unbundling. At the moment, they just don't stack up."

Aidan Paul, (Chief Executive) Vtesse

Broughton will be connected to the fibre services from Autumn and more details and products can be found on the Vtesse Broadband website.

Comments

Posted by cyberdoyle over 6 years ago
http://tweetphoto.com/32181801 worth a little look! Now that is next gen in action, great stuff vtesse, and lets hope government make a level playing field so that more companies can invest in the final third where the incumbent fears to tread. There is profit to be made by delivering a good service. unfortunately the incumbent won't want to share it and doesn't want anyone else do do it. Power to vtesse, walking the talk.
Posted by Somerset over 6 years ago
The fun is covering areas with underground electricity and phone cables just buried under pavements with no duct. What's the solution other than FTTC?
Posted by Dixinormous over 6 years ago
Broughton is a village and civil parish in the Huntingdonshire district of Cambridgeshire, England, about six miles north of Huntingdon. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 241.

Small trial, nothing to get 'too' excited about just yet. Virgin deployed FTTP over poles already.
Posted by john (Favicon staff member) over 6 years ago
Gotta start somewhere. Hopefully this will be the first of many areas they deploy to, and the first of many companies starting to offer FTTH like this.
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
Good stuff, I couldn't see anything on their site about it, would be interested to see how much it costs and connections speeds etc.

But yes... more of this won't go amiss
Posted by CARPETBURN over 6 years ago
quote"Gotta start somewhere. Hopefully this will be the first of many areas they deploy to, and the first of many companies starting to offer FTTH like this."

Agreed, give it a couple of years and im sure there will be companies offering FTTH and similar to various areas, providing superior service to any product BT or Virgin currently offer home users.... Its going to be LLU all over again, faster, cheaper, better. Except not for everyone and those that thought BT FTTC was the saviour in a couple of years will be moaning they are not in a FTTH area. Again just like with LLU now LOL
Posted by davolente over 6 years ago
Like to see something like this done to my estate. Eighties built. Lousy speeds and, to cap it all, some sort of weird covenant forbidding excavation for updated phone or cable service. Why? Gotta be a way, surely?
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
"Broughton was chosen at this stage as it lies close to one of Vtesse's main arterial fibre optic routes, making the cost of bringing fibre to the community acceptable." - It will be interesting to see what happens for locations where they don't already have a fibre run close by.
Posted by cyberdoyle over 6 years ago
Vtesse could do longer runs if the gov would cut the stupid valuation office tax and make a level playing field for entrants to final third rescue.
If the incumbent won't do it then gov should compulsory purchase the assets needed and give them to a company like vtesse who can do it. Gov would then have a ROI tenfold. And seeing that there is 'no profit' in the final third the compulsory purchase price would be minimal?
Posted by timmay over 6 years ago
Shame they have opted for using poles. If they put ducting in now for the fibre then when the time comes to renew/upgrade the electricity cables they could be moved to the same ducting as the fibre. Maybe one day the unsightly poles and mess of wires would not be needed. Unfortunately hanging fibre on them secures their future.
Posted by Somerset over 6 years ago
timmay - putting in duct unfortunately costs too much, nice as it would be. How often are electricity cables renewed, not very often.
Posted by Somerset over 6 years ago
cd - has a government ever purchased the assets of a company and given them to another?

Remember Vtesse are in this to make a profit for their shareholders.
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
We've been through this before. The government can't just buy or take a private companies assets.
Posted by WalterWillcox over 6 years ago
@ timmay

Although a system could possibly be developed it isn't available yet. Power cables are usually three phase with joints made live to each property so there are practical reasons why this would be difficult (but not impossible) if two sets of ducts were installed. However the idea of ducting is mainly to be able to add or replace comms cables which are jointed at a few distribution points rather than electricity cables having lumpy joints outside each property.
Posted by Dixinormous over 6 years ago
Well here's the kind of prices municipalities charge in the USA, these are described by all accounts as 'reasonable'.

http://www.greenlightnc.com/index.php/services/internet_service
Posted by themanstan over 6 years ago
Remember that US prices are not what you see is what you pay, add taxes on top of that!
Posted by Somerset over 6 years ago
100M - $300/month - wow!

20M - $55/month

Both symmetrical.
Posted by cyberdoyle over 6 years ago
er, I seem to remember land being compulsory purchased to build the motorways? the information superhighway is just as important. With a level playing field companies like vtesse can make a profit in rural areas. its BT who say they can't, even though they already have ducts and poles and a copper wire to every home in the land...
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
So would you be happy for the gov to force the sale of your fields and sell them on to have homes built on them as your "not using them as you should do" Its nothing like the motorways its just the final third, its not the benefit of the country as a whole to get the final third online! And how do you know vtesse will make a profit in rural areas?
Posted by Somerset over 6 years ago
Broughton is 2 roads and relatively easy to do overhead. Will someone please tell me how places with underground electric will be rolled out.
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
And its on their backbone's doorstep that won't be the case in most other places meaning they'll need to run fibre back to somewhere which means more cost whether vtesse do it or buy it elsewhere.
Posted by Dixinormous over 6 years ago
CD, If you'd care to give us some idea of how Vtesse are going to make a profit in areas where home density is minimal and costs just to get the networks to homes, assuming full use of BT's equipment and ignoring running costs are over 4k/GBP not including the final drop it would be good to know.

Assuming interest-free loans and them making 20GBP/month actually supplying the service you're talking over 16 years just to cover passing the home.
Posted by cyberdoyle over 6 years ago
Dixie, I don't know the details of this particular scheme, I just know a bit about Aidan who is doing it, and if he says he can provide a service at a profit then I trust him. I guess the answer will be in an NDA.
Gman, we are using our fields as we should do, that is the difference. And I don't know how you can say the final third isn't important. The final third is a vital part of the UK. It needs a decent connection.
Posted by Dixinormous over 6 years ago
Yes CD, that is a very small area, so relatively easy. I asked about how they are going to deliver services profitably to more expensive areas to cover that aren't close to network resources or clustered together in easy to cover hamlets.

Nothing at all to do with level playing fields or fibre taxes. The playing field isn't level because urban and rural areas are different. Some rural areas are very cheap to cover, not much different from London, others, well...
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
Vtesee might be able to make a profit in this instance its cherry picked, in others I'm not so sure. Final Third as important as Motorways... sorry no dice :)

As for your fields, could more profit be made by sticking houses on them?
Posted by herdwick over 6 years ago
I wonder if Vtesse will follow in the footsteps of Rutland Telecom and do a £30/month monopoly deal - one ISP option, one phone service option - that gives them as much of the revenue as possible.

There'll be enough profit in some people's phone calls to pay for the rest.
Posted by cyberdoyle over 6 years ago
yes Gman99 we could make a lot more profit if we stuck houses on our fields. or caravans. or windfarms. Shame we only know how to grow good food innit? and grow woods for oxygen. and collect water for cities. heck lets turn our fields into a city eh? ;)
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
"and grow woods for oxygen. and collect water for cities" - And as we've said before... mother nature did and still does all that without our intervention. :)
Posted by Somerset over 6 years ago
I thought it was foreign owned water companies that collected the water for our cities, and towns, and villages.
Posted by supasteve over 6 years ago
THE QUICKER I CAN GET FIBREOPICAL CONNECTION THE BETTER. ANYONE GOT ANY IDEAS? I LIVE IN BARNSLEY SOUTH YORKSHIRE
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