Mapping is something that many take for granted when resources like Google Streetview at just a click or two away, but collating and integrating map layers is a time consuming process. The scale and costs of the mapping needed by Openreach are revealed by them signing a new five year deal with Ordnance Survey which is worth some £4.6 million per year.
"This is a strategically important agreement for both organisations and I am looking forward to building on our existing relationship by working on a number of exciting collaborative projects. The new agreement is more than just data, it is about delivering value for Openreach and ultimately supporting Openreach in providing the highest level of products and services to its millions of customers.
The recognition of the importance of location data, services and solutions by businesses has grown significantly over the last five years. Openreach are one of many businesses who benefit from the use of location data - today intelligent data is helping to deliver efficiencies, support growth, underpin decision making and enable greater customer insight.Andrew Loveless, Commercial Director at Ordnance Survey
Mapping fibre cabients may seem irrelevant now that many have been built, but continual updating of records is needed and if Openreach is eventually to embark on a wider FTTP roll-out, access to accurate mapping will make planning and costing work a lot easier.