Rural Britain Wake Up!
Rural Britain wake Up!
To keep using their copper infrastructure, BT choose FTTC, as the solution to Britain's broadband needs, because it suited BT/BTOpenreach not Britain, and it certainly doesn't suit Wales.
With a FTTC solution, you'd need to 'carpet bomb' a new FTTC Roadside Cab every 2(km2) to cover the UK. Otherwise Not Spots are still Not Spots. That's a lot of FTTC cabinets, to give you an upto 80Mbps (not that fast either) to every part of the UK. Yes, there is G-fast, no - its not a solution here.
Speed, like ADSL, is dependant on copper line quality/length. The land area of UK is 243,610 (km2). OK, not all of it populated, but generally most areas have a end node, there somewhere.
Thats over 100,000 FTTC cabinets are around £15,000 each, a lot more than the current 5600 exchanges.
Putting a piece of complex technology in between the premises and the telephone exchange in damp, windy, rural areas (Wales/telegraph poles in particular-FTTrN) isn't going to last either. (FTTrN also requires the same expensive Power requirements as a full size cab, at present)
Expensive FTTC Cabinets with 120/240 nodes were/are fundamentally the wrong type of infrastructure to use to deliver Broadband to small rural Hamlets, sparsely populated houses/areas. It works for the Cities/Market towns, but only to the main town itself.
A little known detail in the Superfast Cymru Project, is in order to meet longer line lengths (premises over 1km from the roadside cab) delivery thresholds, BTOpenreach are been subsidised, to rip out 0.5mm copper/aluminium lines.
What are BT spending vast amounts of time of effort replacing them with on this Superfast 'Fibre' project? Some Future proofing technology? FTTP? No..Copper in nearly all cases.
BT are upgrading existing 0.5mm copper, replacing with 0.9mm copper lines, to be more precise.
Future proofing things for at least er...3-5 years, until the next massive handout. Not Spots remain Not spots, or spots that 'just' meet the current artificial 'superfast' target. It wasn't long ago, that a minimum of 2Mbps was the target.
The devil is in the detail. Its hardly upgrading, its infrastucture planning designed to 'just' meet the contract targets, not Britain's future needs. This is what happens when BT own the local loop.
Please Sir, can I have some more...(subsidy handouts) forever more.