Openreach Consultation - Upgrading the UK to FTTP

Posted on 22/03/2019

Openreach has published its second consultation on the way that the UKs digital infrastructure should be upgraded to FTTP - An exchange-based approach to upgrading the UK's digital infrastructure with GEA-FTTP.

The proposal is that work should be carried out on an exchange by exchange basis, working with CPs to migrate all end customers onto FTTP once the network is built. For the small percentage of customers that cannot be moved to FTTP, the alternatives will be SOGEA or SOGfast.

It is proposed that all Ultrafast enabled exchanges will  have three basic types of service available:

  1. A low bandwidth voice only data service.
  2. An anchor broadband service (offering 40/10 Mbps).
  3. Ultrafast broadband services above the anchor offering.

 

This is a programme that will run in parallel with the WLR3 withdrawal programme, aiming for 10m premises by the mid-2020s, though where WLR will transition customers to SOGEA as we move to 2025, the aim of this consultation is to get the vast majority of customers straight onto FTTP. Openreach acknowledges that some customers might suffer from double migrations.

The cost of new products is not mentioned specifically, though there is a reference to Ofcom stating that a “small premium” on the anchor service would be acceptable.

Please let me have your thoughts and comments on the consultation in time for the response date of 3 May. I will put this on the agenda for the 16 April CSP meeting so that we can discuss any concerns.

Cathy Gerosa

[email protected]

Industry News

Community Fibre offers Black Friday discounts

Published on 25/11/20 by [email protected] (Telecompaper)

London-based fibre broadband provider Community Fibre has launched a Black Friday promotion offering savings of up to GBP 240.

Customers can get Superfast 50 Mbps broadband for GBP 17.50 per ...

FCS members please log in to view full article OR click here to view online

Giganet drops broadband activation fee to GBP 1 for Black Friday

Published on 25/11/20 by [email protected] (Telecompaper)

UK ISP Giganet started a Black Friday home broadband campaign during which customers who order the Full Fibre 500 and Full Fibre 1000 packages pay a GBP 1 activation fee instead of the usual GBP 45...

FCS members please log in to view full article OR click here to view online

Siklu begins shipments of Terragraph-compliant fixed wireless access systems in US, UK

Published on 25/11/20 by [email protected] (Telecompaper)

Siklu announced it has started shipping its new N366 & T265 Terragraph-compliant, gigabit-speed fixed wireless broadband access systems to service providers in the US and UK. Field trials also ...

FCS members please log in to view full article OR click here to view online

Latest News

Comms is a fast-moving multi-national industry. To make sure FCS members have the best possible chance to stay up to date with developments, FCS has partnered with Telecompaper to provide members with daily news-feeds, tailored specifically to the UK comms market.