Saturday, 21 September 2019

Nokia CEO: Single digit penetration for the UK’s FTTH rollout is just not good enough

Chris Kelly
Wednesday 19 June 19

In part two of my interview with Cormac Whelan, CEO for the UK and Ireland at Nokia, we discuss the UK’s FTTH rollout plans, with Whelan saying that the country’s 7 per cent fibre penetration levels are frankly “shocking”

The UK is starting from quite a modest start point on the fibre to the home (FTTH) front but over the past twelve months we have seen a sevenfold increase in the number of homes and businesses passed. Is the country doing enough or does it still need to pick up the pace? “I think the word 'modest' as a starting point would be considered quite an understatement. If you look at what has happened in the rest of the world – even in the rest of Europe – you've got Spain and Portugal who are at over 99 per cent penetration, or availability I should say (of course that depends on consumer uptake). “Also some of the younger countries in the European Union, some of the Eastern European players, are way ahead, simply because they haven't got 100 years of legacy infrastructure to protect or worry about…

The UK is starting from quite a modest start point on the fibre to the home (FTTH) front but over the past twelve months we have seen a sevenfold increase in the number of homes and businesses passed. Is the country doing enough or does it still need to pick up the pace? “I think the word 'modest' as a starting point would be considered quite an understatement. If you look at what has happened in the rest of the world – even in the rest of Europe – you've got Spain and Portugal who are at over 99 per cent penetration, or availability I should say (of course that depends on consumer uptake). “Also some of the younger countries in the European Union, some of the Eastern European players, are way ahead, simply because they haven't got 100 years of legacy infrastructure to protect or worry about…

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