Ofcom sees opportunities in FTTH

UK regulator Ofcom, have told BT to allow easier access for rivals to lay their own fibre cables along Openreach’s telegraph poles and in its underground cable ducts. Ofcom also wants to bridge over the digital divide in the UK between those with the latest technologies, and those without. The report states:

“2.4 million households and small businesses (around 8% of all UK premises) cannot yet access a decent broadband speed of 10Mbits per second,”

Further in the report, Making Communications Work for Everyone, it says: “We will work with the UK Government to make decent, affordable broadband a universal right for every home and small business in the UK. The universal right should start off at 10Mbits per second for everyone, and then rise in line with customer demand over time.”

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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.