Delivering a More Independent Openreach

By | July 13, 2017

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 encourage alternative Full Fibre investments via a growing number of alternative networks and, in London, there is a somewhat belated recognition of poor broadband provisions.

As noted in the recent FISP response to the ASA consultations, the emergence of scope for 5G Mobile at frequencies >26GHz and the increasingly apparent flexibility of a future Software Defined Networking and NFV design approach is prompting a long overdue rethink of priorities.