Monday, 16 September 2019

VXFiber: The UK must boost FTTH funding if it is serious about becoming a full fibre player

By Chris Kelly, Total Telecom
Monday 10 June 19

Total Telecom spoke to Mikael Sandberg, chairman of VXFiber to find out how the UK can continue to sharpen its focus on full fibre services, as the country gears up for another big FTTH push

The UK has moved from FTTP penetration levels of 1% to 7% over the last six months – is fibre deployment happening quickly enough or do we need to pick up the pace? Any progress in the expansion of full fibre networks across the UK should be applauded.  However, the market is currently 93% slow copper putting the UK in 27th place out of 54 countries worldwide, and second from bottom in Europe.  In today’s increasingly digital world, when businesses, the public and the government all rely on high-speed connectivity more than ever, the UK simply needs more fibre in the ground. With the growth of smart cities, cloud services and the IoT, the UK risks being even further left behind if it doesn’t invest in full fibre connectivity now. On a positive note, in the face of current and future market needs, with increasing trends fuelling that need…

The UK has moved from FTTP penetration levels of 1% to 7% over the last six months – is fibre deployment happening quickly enough or do we need to pick up the pace? Any progress in the expansion of full fibre networks across the UK should be applauded.  However, the market is currently 93% slow copper putting the UK in 27th place out of 54 countries worldwide, and second from bottom in Europe.  In today’s increasingly digital world, when businesses, the public and the government all rely on high-speed connectivity more than ever, the UK simply needs more fibre in the ground. With the growth of smart cities, cloud services and the IoT, the UK risks being even further left behind if it doesn’t invest in full fibre connectivity now. On a positive note, in the face of current and future market needs, with increasing trends fuelling that need…

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