Ofcom CEO Sharon White suggests final 5% will not be fibre based
For anyone following the broadband and digital economy market there is a copy of a Select Committee meeting with Sharon White the Chief Executive of Ofcom that talks a lot about the broadband situation in the UK and lays out some of the future paths for Ofcom.
A most interesting snippet was that Ms White revealed that Ofcom believes that for the final 5% and delivering superfast broadband to them, wireless and satellite connectivity rather than a fibre, stating 'we are not going to get there through fibre' (if short on time a scroll to 11:15:30 on the video). This apparent lean towards satellite also appears to be lead by some of the MPs in the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, our understanding of current available capacity on transponders pointing at the UK is that a lot more capacity would be needed if a large part of the 5% was satellite based.
The new Ofcom boss also highlighted to the MPs that the final 5% while mostly rural is not exclusively rural which is often the picture presented and that the Governments 95% superfast target should deliver 95% coverage for households but a lower 82% figure for the SME sector.
There is a hint too that mobile switching may change and adopt a similar GPL system to that which fixed broadband now has, avoiding the need to chase your old mobile phone provider for a PAC to migrate your existing mobile number.