GTC is a utility provider to the building industry and has embraced an ultra-fast broadband future with the announcement that any new builds where they are contracted to provide a broadband service this will use a full fibre optic network (FTTH/FTTP) and the standard speed will be 300 Mbps. As well as Internet access speeds that are double the fastest that Virgin Media currently sells the fibre network will also offer Sky TV and telephone calls, thus avoiding the blight of satellite dishes and TV aerials that upset so many building designers. The FIRS network for the Sky TV we believe carries the basic free-to-air channels with residents then able to add the standard premium packages as and when they want to.
The real question now is how many property developers will buy into options like this, all too often we hear on our forums that people have moved into a new build and discover it has previous decade broadband speeds only, but maybe times are changing and enough people are asking about broadband speeds before signing on the dotted line that developers are changing.
The EU has made noises to ensure all new builds are broadband ready at a basic level but we would like to see this taken further. Ultra fast (100 Mbps as a minimum) Internet access should be ranked alongside the delivery of clean safe drinking water in the EU for new build properties, there is nothing we know of stopping the UK Government mandating this along with all the other property regulations that exist. Potentially it does not even need national legislation, planning authorities that are looking to the future could include fibre to the home as a pre-requisite for granting permission on a development.