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Gigabit fibre for 50,000 homes in 20 areas of the UK
Wednesday 11 January 2012 19:02:49 by Andrew Ferguson

Fibre to the Premises is very much the end game currently in Internet connectivity currently, and the UK has been slow of the mark in getting this to large numbers of homes. The situation is improving, but for example the Openreach FTTP project is still largely confined to a small number of exchange areas, and many other projects are just 50 to 100 properties. Independent Fibre Networks Limited with Fluidata as the wholesale network provider is set to improve the full fibre footprint in the UK with 20 new commercial and resident developments receiving fibre to the premises at construction.

The number of properties currently connected to the network or under construction in the 20 sites makes for a total of 50,000 buildings. Service options of 50 Mbps right up to 1 Gbps will be available, and there is a choice of some 40 retail providers who resell the Fluidata wholesale product.

"This is a big step forward and demonstrates that FTTH is a viable and sensible option for the long-term. It also shows that fibre can be commercially deployed on scale without government hand-outs, which compliments the work are doing in rural communities"

Piers Daniell, Managing Director, Fluidata

The attraction of fibre for new builds is that installation can be phased as part of the building construction reducing the cost, and it improves the saleability of both commercial and residential properties. For those moving in it also means no long wait to get connected, they can be up and running on the network in a couple of days.

We have asked for information on the areas where the service will be available, and will update this item once we get the information.


Posted by themanstan over 5 years ago
This will be a big wake-up call for the 2 largest ISPs.

They'll have to get into, not just fitting for, but fitting out and connecting for superfast.

Because it's a big selling point for any property!
Posted by cyberdoyle over 5 years ago
Excellent. Way to go. Hope they also get the contracts for the superfast cities so they can do the job right and not try to patch up the old phone networks by using cabs. No public money should go to a telco using phone lines. End of.
Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
Well until now I don't even think this has been an option for BT has it? due to outstanding talks with Ofcom re FTTP battery backup, its not the case now though so.. no reason why BT or VM shouldn't be deploying FTTH to be honest on new builds
Posted by Bob_s2 over 5 years ago
BT should be putting in Fibre to all new developments but sadly it does not. The cost of putting the Fibre in during the development phase would be very low. Even if the Fibre could not be used it would make sense to put the fibre in back to the sreet cabinet.

BT being short sighted yet again
Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
As I said.. battery backup has been the sticking point. No such restriction with VM why haven't they been doing this for years?
Posted by themanstan over 5 years ago
For VM it's always been capital and venturing into the % coverage that results in SMP.
Posted by cyberdoyle over 5 years ago
B4RN is doing battery backup on all installs. It isn't rocket science.
Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
B4RN don't have an Ofcom compliance to contend with like BT do, read up
Posted by mervl over 5 years ago
On these new builds will they be the sole fixed line telecomms provider i.e. no BT services or choice of supplier? If so, and the developments are of sufficient scale, I can see how the commercial ROI is easier to achieve.

If so it just supports my view that it's the result that matters i.e. type of service; and competition at the local level is almost an irrelevance. That's how cable was (successfully) rolled out commercially.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
The B4RN battery backup appears to meet the Ofcom compliance levels

Minimum of 1 hour phone backup.
Posted by themanstan over 5 years ago
If i recall correctly, BT wanted OFCOM to decide whom was responsible for the battery once the unit was on-site. Cost and legal implications being huge.

Finally OFCOm decided that it was the property occupier who should ensure that the battery was in good condition. Presumably after a statutory 1 year warranty.
Posted by GMAN99 over 5 years ago
@andrew, yes and that is very recent, I'll refer to your own article which is what I'm talking about, previously it was 4hrs which was costly and meant an unsightly unit to cover that period hence why it wasn't done.
Posted by New_Londoner over 5 years ago
Actually I understand that FTTP is going into all large new housing developments, for example is already in place in the Olympic Village.
Posted by weesteev over 5 years ago
Hilarious that people still think that because fibre cable is cheaper than copper that its a cheaper option to deploy in New Build sites, theres a hell of a lot more to FTTH than just cable.

Also, FTTP is not going into "all" large New Build sites, only in areas where the exchange and access network supports. Otherwise new houses are tied into existing network capacity.
Posted by Somerset over 5 years ago
List of areas available elsewhere.
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