The agency wants to refurbish broadband infrastructure in the country under several new proposals announced by ofofcom. While upgrading to pure fiber, we’re eliminating the old copper network — the familiar “light into copper back” policy. The plan is still in the consultation stage and a final decision will be made in early 2021. To promote the spread of fibre-optic networks, the UK government will invest up to 5 billion pounds in rural areas, in conjunction with Ofcom’s regional support policies.
(From: Ofcom, via Neowin)
In addition, the regulator made four recommendations to support the introduction of competitive investments in fibre networks:
(1) Set Openreach wholesale prices to encourage competition from new networks and improve relevant business cases.
(2) Ensure that people still have access to affordable broadband and prevent Openreach from stifling competition to protect customer interests.
(3) Support Openreach’s investment in specific areas, so that the countryside on the fast-growing channel.
(4) When switching to a pure light network, the copper mesh can be completely shut down, so Openreach does not have to pay unnecessary costs.
Jonathan Oxley, Ofcom’s interim head of business, said the new plan would remove the remaining barriers to investment and competition and help the country move across the fibre network. Businesses and individuals alike will benefit from a fast, reliable Internet connection.