Last updated – 13/05/2011
Global giant Fujitsu are planning to lay a fibre optic cable network across the UK capable of delivering superfast Landline and Broadband services direct to the home. The network would take advantage of the fact that BT (www.bt.com) has to open up its infrastructure (such as Poles and Ducts) to competitor networks to provide Landline and Broadband Services.
However, Fujitsu’s plans involve taking the fibre optic cabling right up to the individual homes, as opposed to BT’s fibre-to-the-cabinet Broadband Services.
Whilst Fujitsu would lay the cabling network they would still require UK Internet Service Providers to actually use it to offer their services to customers but Talk Talk (www.talktalk.co.uk) and Virgin Media (www.virginmedia.com) have both expressed strong interest in using it. Currently many UK consumers cannot receive their or Broadband Services via a cable network.
Whilst the proposals may sound rosy to the UK consumers demanding quicker Broadband Services there are a couple of potential problems that will need to be overcome. Firstly, Fujitsu would need Government funding of around £500m, which would be virtually all of the money the Government has set aside to deliver superfast broadband services to rural parts of the UK. Secondly, BT and 3rd parties such as Fujitsu are currently struggling to reach an agreement on how much BT should charge for using its infrastructure.
However, if the plans do go ahead the move could broaden the provision of superfast broadband services and promote much more competition, which should surely be in the interests of the UK Broadband consumers.
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