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UK may not be on FTTH charts yet, but innovation increasing
Tuesday 09 October 2012 11:32:57 by Andrew Ferguson

The NextGen 12 conference which operates as a platform to allow interested parties to meet and share knowledge and hopefully encourage investment and roll-out of better broadband services across the UK. As part of the conference presentations of several awards took place at the Palace of Westminster.

  • Award for Rural Leadership and Community Development - Cambium Networks and allpay Broadband
    For its use of church spires to support wireless broadband roll-outs.
  • Award for Innovative Funding Solutions - Broadband for the Rural North (B4RN)
    For its ongoing work in bringing full fibre to parishes in East Lancashire
  • Award for Collaborative Advantage - CityFibre
    For its work in York and the creation of a backbone for a city-wide FTTH network.
  • Award for Urban Enterprise - Hyperoptic
    For bringing Gigabit broadband to residential and business developments.

The key now for all these award winners is to grow and provide enough connections so that we can start to seriously catch up with some of our European neighbours. The Fibre to the Home Council Europe currently does not list the UK on its FTTH/B charts because we do not have the 1% minimum coverage to appear, fingers crossed the myriad of projects across the UK will in six months time mean we have full fibre available to many more properties.

Conferences such as NextGen 12 can help provide the impetus to encourage community groups and investors to invest both time and money, the last few years has seen the UK waste a lot of time debating and all too often focused on the negative aspects, we need to break that cycle and celebrate the positive if we are to encourage the investors to invest in the UK broadband market. Russia is a great example adding 719,000 new subscribers to FTTH/B networks in just the first half of 2012.


Posted by c_j_ over 4 years ago
"Award for Collaborative Advantage - CityFibre
For its work in York and the creation of a backbone for a city-wide FTTH network."

York sounds to be a popular place for FTTP now, what with H20/FibreCity back in 2010 [1], the awardwinning CityFibre now, and as per yesreday's article, Calix.

Posted by New_Londoner over 4 years ago
IMHO these awards represent the nadir of the "NextGen" conference, which increasingly seems to be a group dedicated to talking to itself.

Given the ambition of what is happening around us, why focus on such relatively small scale projects and ignore those that will make an impact for the majority of us? For example B4RN (not yet operational) vs Cornwall? City Fibre not Virgin And TfL (for wifi on London Underground)? Hyperoptic (a handful of buildings) vs the successful delivery of the whole Olympic network including flawless public wifi in major stadia, which few get right?

Posted by New_Londoner over 4 years ago

Will we see NextGen 13? I wonder.
Posted by tony8436 over 4 years ago
I'll be happy to see more than the pathetic 1.5 Mbps that Openreach will leave me with. I have already been told by Mike Galvin that we will be the 10% of households without superfast broadband. Thanks fatty.
Posted by New_Londoner over 4 years ago
@Tony "fatty"
Surely this is an issue for your local council and it's BDUK money, not one for Openreach? Any in any case why moan at the company you seem to suggest will be reaching 90% of people locally, what about those not bothering at all?
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