Category Archives: infrastructure

CityFibre and Vodafone – Full Fibre Friends

Today’s announcement of the long-term strategic partnership between CityFibre and Vodafone was not entirely unexpected – Vodafone has been investing in fibre in other parts of Europe and CityFibre’s strategy has always adhered to a wholesale model.  The news broken in today’s FT may, however, have raised city analyst eyebrows in those quarters where fibre… Read More »

The UK’s Digital Halloween – more treats than tricks.

A close reading of Digital Minister Matt Hancock’s address to the Broadband Stakeholder’s Group conference – laden with repetition and alliteration – reveals a story-telling masterpiece. The repetition of earlier messages was a treat, reinforced by alliterative ‘Full Fibre’ and ‘Barrier Busting’ and, in a another clear step towards honesty, ” . . . a… Read More »

Bolting down Broadband

Regular readers will recall that Ofcom (the UK’s telecoms market regulator) recently gave Service Providers a full year’s notice that they should think seriously about conforming to some basic business practices like sending customers accurate bills and prompt handling of complaints. Setting out the basics was, it now seems, just a curtain-raiser for another long-overdue… Read More »

Great Maps of Mediocrity

Eighteen months on from the FISP initiative ‘Digital for London’ (DfL) we have a flood of reports and commentary on the adequacy (or otherwise) of broadband connectivity and the lack of ambition apparent in the government consultation on a potential Universal Broadband Service Obligation. Specifically on the poverty of London’s broadband, Oliver O’Brien, a researcher… Read More »

The cost of cutting copper continues to fall

The old and long-discredited estimate that full fibre would cost the UK £28bn has finally been reduced to between 3 to 6 £bn. The comparison is not entirely fair (it doesn’t tackle the entire job) but this new lower estimate is now paraded as a ‘massive’ cost that will, eventually, fall on consumers. The new estimate does not… Read More »

RWT or maybe it was FNF

Whether it was a sticky coin slot or its inability to cope with bent pennies, by the time the maintenance technician arrived, Button B had returned the money and the would-be caller had long since gone looking for an alternative phone box. ‘Fault Not Found’ or ‘Right When Tested’, written on the report. NFA –… Read More »

“Fibrer la France” – 100% Fibre by 2025 – sans subsidy

Altice-SFR announced last week that it will deploy its FTTx network across France, without public subsidies, in line with President Macron’s goal to “Fibrer la France” – i.e. give everyone access to the super-high speed fiber-based service. This decision led to the creation of fiber deployment specialist Altice Infrastructures and to Altice-SFR’s pledge to cover 80%… Read More »

Astonishing, but true! BT Consults on Demand for Full Fibre.

BT today launched a consultation with industry to determine if demand exists for future-proofed Full Fibre (FTTP).  It seems that BT has observed that OPEX savings (and service reliability) might be of value. The very gradual reorientation of BT’s strategy away from copper dependence (asset utilisation) toward investment in a digital future has marked three decades of… Read More »

Delivering a More Independent Openreach

Today’s statement from OFCOM will be of interest to all concerned with the future development of the UK’s digital infrastructure. Critics may immediately puzzle over the headline use of ‘more’ rather than ‘completely’, and it is clear that the transition towards any fresh infrastructure strategy will take time to emerge. Meanwhile the government remains keen to… Read More »

Fresh Out of Excuses: dealing with sins of sub-standard design

FISP today submitted its response to the Advertising Standards Authority consultation on broadband speed claims. The ASA has come under increasing political pressure to adapt its (somewhat soft) rulings on broadband advertising.  Over the past two decades it has become increasing clear that many service designs can only be sold with a high degree of… Read More »