BT turns to fibre to rule out separation from Openreach

Today in the The Telegraph Gavin Patterson, BT’s chief executive, turns to fibre to rule out separation from Openreach. Patterson has also promised to plough millions of pounds into connecting  homes and businesses with fibre-optic cables, suggesting a strategic shift from copper-based technologies.

This is a result from an Ofcom report proposing a radical change of focus on investing in infrastructure. Ofcom also recommended that telecoms companies focus on investing in ultra-fast fibre networks – using new “fibre to the premises” technology – as opposed to BT’s planned investment in copper wiring.

Prior to the Ofcom report, BT had said it would invest £1bn in raising basic broadband speeds and improve the roll-out of its G.fast technology, which is can boost connection speeds over existing copper wires by up to 10 times. This now seems to change.

Read the full article here.

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Minister Matt Hancock: Fibre is the future and we need to step into the future now

This morning Minister of State for Digital and Culture, Matt Hancock, addressed the Broadband World Forum and also gave his view of what needs to be done in the UK to become better connected. It was a passionate speech with many reflection over what has been done but also very inspiring for the future to come. Minister Hancock was very clear in his statements for the future. Fibre is here to stay. Demand is here. The full speech can be read here.