Here’s what people are saying about Fast2Fibre (F2F).

  • The UK government has pledged to upgrade the entire nation to full-fibre #broadband by 2033. @WIRED explores why this target will come at significant cost — to both the government’s wallet & the digital divide. https://www.wired.co.uk/article/uk-broadband-speed-fibre-optic

  • If Labour’s plan had continued half of Australia would still be on ADSL. Thanks to our plan the NBN is almost finished. Over 90% can get 50 mbps and almost all can get 25 mbps.

  • The centre of Brighton is due to be given a £1.6 million digital upgrade. There are plans to lay a three-mile ring of fibre-optic cable, linking university and college buildings, a public library and a “5G testbed”....

  • More households and businesses in Dollar can now upgrade to faster fibre broadband through the £463 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) rollout.

  • "The UK’s digital infrastructure needs an upgrade. In South Korea, 99% of premises have full-fibre broadband internet. In Japan, it’s 97%. In Portugal, 89%; in Spain, 71%. The number here is 7%."

  • Great news that our Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband partnership is helping more households and businesses across Scotland to upgrade to faster fibre broadband, and work on the ground continues...

  • We are delighted to announce that more households and businesses across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire can now upgrade to faster fibre broadband. Using FTTP and FTTC fibre technology we have connected over 117,000 premises so far.

There is no denying that global awareness of the benefits of fibre is growing, as markets throughout the world rush to deploy fibre networks – with some getting close to copper switch-off. The latest figures from industry research firm Point Topic put the global quarterly growth of fixed broadband subscribers for the second quarter of 2019 at 1.7 per cent. Meanwhile, the number of global fixed broadband connections was 1.08bn.

Fibre to the home (FTTH) connections, on the other hand, increased by 18.6 per cent and FTTx/VDSL by 7.1 per cent. This means, said Point Topic, the trend of subscribers dropping copper in favour of fibre continues, albeit at a slower rate than in the previous quarter. Wireless – mostly fixed wireless access – and satellite also experienced a healthy growth as the technologies that are being increasingly used to cover broadband ‘white spots’.

According to the 2025 forecast indicators presented in the latest FTTH Council Europe’s Market Panorama, at the 2019 FTTH Conference, some big but fibre-poor markets in Europe are likely to undergo a period of accelerated growth in FTTH development.

‘For example,’ said de Waard, ‘fibre deployment rates in the UK and Germany are forecasted to skyrocket from the bottom to advanced positions of the ranking.’

On the other hand, he explained, Spain, France, and Italy will once again show a consistent and steady FTTH deployment/ subscriber growth by 2025, and therefore keep their strong positions in the forecast rankings.

More about Peter Dyke: https://opticalconnectionsnews.com/2020/04/gigabit-broadband-progress-more-important-than-ever-says-inca/
More about INCA and it's views on Fibre:
1. https://opticalconnectionsnews.com/2020/04/uk-independent-network-full-fibre-coverage-grows-50-report/
2. https://opticalconnectionsnews.com/2020/04/gigabit-broadband-progress-more-important-than-ever-says-inca/

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