I recently was invited to present to the Australian Telecommunications Associations (TelSoc) and chose to present on what has been happening on the broadband scene in the United Kingdom over recent years.
Of particular interest to me is how the UK market is transitioning from using Fibre to the Node (FTTN) to Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) as the underlying technology. Australia’s current Multi-Technology Mix, which mainly uses FTTN technology, was developed by the Coalition based on guidance that was obtained from British Telecom back in 2013.
However, the UK broadband policy settings, that have promoted competition between fibre network builders, has pushed British Telecom’s network subsidiary, Openreach, to embark on a plan to build FTTP to approximately 20 million premises (approximately 65% of the total) by the mid to late 2020s.
This presentation goes into some detail on how the United Kingdom has transitioned from FTTN to FTTP and contrasts these outcomes with Australia’s lagging broadband performance.
A copy of the slides is available here.
Alternatively you can watch the recording of the presentation on TelSoc’s website.