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.