We’ve launched a consultation with communications providers to decide if there’s enough demand for a large-scale “full fibre” network (also known as fibre-to-the-premises, or FTTP) in the UK. We’re also talking to the government and Ofcom about this.
Along with investigating whether there’s demand for this type of network in the UK, we’ll also look at the benefits of a major infrastructure deployment like this to the telecoms industry. And we’ll be trying to get the help we’ll need to make this kind of commercial investment viable. We believe this support includes:
- greater collaboration between communications providers, including new investment, and risk and cost-sharing models
- agreeing the best way to move customers onto the new platform
- finding ways to improve logistics, like improved planning and traffic management
- working out the right way to spread the costs of an FTTP investment
- building a legal and regulatory environment which encourages this kind of investment.
Clive Selley, chief executive of Openreach said: “We’re determined to continue our investment in the infrastructure Britain needs to support our thriving digital economy and we want to build a much larger full fibre network, so we need to work closely with Communications Providers, government and Ofcom to achieve that.
“By using new techniques, we recently halved the cost of delivering ‘full fibre’ infrastructure, but building a large-scale network is still a huge commercial, technical and logistical challenge that’s going to need real ingenuity, flexibility and coordination across government and industry.
“With the right conditions we believe we could make FTTP available to as many as ten million homes and businesses by the mid-2020s, but we need to understand if there’s sufficient demand to justify the roll-out, and support for the enablers needed to build a viable business case. That includes removing barriers to investment and incentivising those, like Openreach, who are prepared to take a commercial risk.”