Some key announcements have been made in the last couple of weeks or so and its worth considering what they may mean for broadband in the UK – I don’t know why it took me so long but the conclusion is quite startling!

Firstly, we are seeing a host of new models and investment announcements which are making the final third – the most rural parts of the UK – a viable and exciting place to invest in fibre-optic broadband – providing you have the logistics and business model sorted. Fujitsu, Rutland Telecom, NextGenUs and Jendens – jointly and severally – all making headway in their own distinctive way.

Secondly, BT has announced it expects to be lifting VDSL speeds using existing phone lines under its Infinity investment from “up to 40 Mbps” to northwards of “up to 80 Mbps” in the relatively short term. In their word – VDSL is a technology in its infancy and they expect to see considerable improvements as it matures. The combination of Fibre to the Cabinet (FttC) and VDSL is an architecture which really works best in more urban areas with diminishing returns as it tends towards more rural areas.

So the natural conclusion of these two shifts is that rural areas should become the place where fibre all the way to the doorstep dominates first – and urban areas will remain on copper for much longer but with services that keep in touch with their lucky bucolic friends.

Not something I expected to say out loud!

  1. chris conder says:

    Really glad you said it out loud. You are right, rural fibre is the answer, which in turn will bring fibre to the urban areas. This is where public money should go, and in return the rurals will be grateful and help with the digs. Unlike urban areas where ‘homes passed’ seems to be the benchmark with very little take up of ‘superfast’.
    If any public money goes to cabinets and BET we will be watching… Cornwall and Lancs have been conned, let us hope more northern areas have more sense.

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