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.
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.