Unlike the move to digital TV, the process of upgrading broadband connections to full fibre will need physical fibre connections to be made to individual premises, and involve significant investment from Openreach and support from communications providers. But the transition will also deliver huge benefits to the industry and UK in general. It will provide greater broadband speeds and reliability, a significant boost to productivity and competitiveness and a digital platform that’s expected to serve homes and businesses here for many decades to come.
We’re determined to make the transition as fast and beneficial as possible, so we’re asking our communications providers partners questions in three key areas:
We have also outlined a number of guiding principles, which we believe are crucial to achieving a successful transition. These include:
Agreeing an approach to this upgrade process is a key enabler to deliver that larger ambition, and to bring the UK closer to the Government’s aim of nationwide FTTP network by 2033. We’re determined to put customers at the heart of the process. So we will be speaking to the Government, Ofcom and key consumer, business and public sector groups as part of the consultation process.
Our engineers, working in every community across the UK, have already been working hard to make sure we are on track to make FTTP broadband technology available to three million homes and businesses by the end of 2020. We want to go further, to 10 million premises and beyond under the right conditions. As the chief strategy officer my mission, and that of my team, is to make sure Openreach can deliver world class infrastructure and future proofed internet as quickly and efficiently as possible. This consultation is part of our exciting plans to bring brilliant connections across the UK.
Richard Allwood, Chief Strategy Officer, Openreach