Rutland Telecom plan to offer blanket coverage of fibre optic broadband to the county of Rutland in the East Midlands, according to ISPreview. The move follows a deal last week which saw Gigaclear provide a major investment to the company by taking a majority stake in Rutland Telecom. The company had already set foot plans to deliver fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) to the peninsula village of Hambleton, located in the middle of Rutland Water.
"Our vision is to provide fibre to all premises in Rutland using Gigaclear's expertise. The fibre-optic network platform will be independent of BT. Our first FTTH network will be in the rural village of Hambleton and Gigaclear have a close involvement in that deployment.
As a stepping stone to county-wide FTTH we still envisage doing more subloop unbundling (FTTC) deployments but all our cabinets will be future-proofed with fibre patch panels and the backhaul capacity to deliver FTTH in the future."David Lewis, (Managing Director) Rutland Telecom
No time frame has been given for the deployment, but it is likely to be a staged approach as the company indicate they will still put in fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) technology, but will ensure this is future-proofed to enable upgrades to FTTH later. Rutland Telecom also indicated that the pricing of sub-loop unbundling (SLU) from Openreach which allows operators to deploy their own equipment for FTTC deployments is too high, and this could stymie investment in rural broadband.