Swedish fibre firm backing rural fibre scheme
Cotswold Broadband has been working towards rolling out a full fibre to the home network in parts of the Cotswolds and now some of those involved in that project are involved in another scheme that may bring FTTH to rural communities if £10m can be raised.
Interestingly for this latest venture which is Broadway Partners they appear to have the backing of a Swedish fibre-optic operator who is offering its open access platform to the developers. ViaEuropa is not a name known in the UK, and the quote in The Telegraph makes it clear they have a poor view of broadband in the UK.
It will be interesting to see how these investment vehicles fare against the competition from the more established operators, which means not just BT but Virgin Media and others.
The key to the success of this and any other broadband project, no matter whether its budget is £50,000 or £530m is the visible delivery of services and just maybe the much vaunted benefits to society of fibre optic broadband will become so easily apparent that deeper investment to reduce rather than widen the digital divide will become available.