FTTP - Fibre to the Premises
In its March 2021 statement on the Wholesale Fixed Telecoms Market Review, Ofcom set out how it will regulate telecom fixed access services for the five years from April 2021. A major focus of its plan will be to stimulate investment in next generation Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) broadband across the UK – premises meaning ‘homes and businesses’.
This gives the green light to the major providers to start rolling out their investment programmes. BT, for example, plans to ‘build like fury’ and has scheduled circa £12 billion investment towards bringing gigabit-capable FTTP to 20 million premises by the mid- to late-2020s. With 4.5m FTTP installations to date, BT’s Openreach division has already exceeded its initial target of 4 million premises by the end of March 2021. This is expected to be followed by 15 million around 2025. Ofcom’s push will see them add another five million in the 2025-2030 period.
All of which is good news for businesses and homes across the UK, as Paul Hagan of High Performance Networks (HPN) explains. “FTTP travels via fibre optics directly from your internet provider to your office or home. This means you get ultra-fast broadband speeds up to 1Gbps. To put this into perspective, a 1 gigabit per second broadband would allow a hospital to download a 2 gigabyte CT scan in just 17 seconds, instead of 11 minutes over a standard broadband connection. So all businesses will benefit from quicker, more reliable upload and download speeds on their FTTP connections. It will also enhance their on-cloud services such as Office 365 emails, OneDrive and offsite backup, as well as SIPs and VoIP telephony.
Home users will notice a vast difference too, says Paul. “Most families use several devices at once – laptops, game consoles, iPads, streaming films and so on. The FTTP connection will be much faster and allow all gadgets to function flawlessly.”
HPN has its finger firmly on the pulse of the FTTP rollout. So for further details of the build plan across UK, and to gain a better understanding of any government support available to help your business benefit from FTTP, call HPN today on 028 9053 8411. Paul and the HPN team will help to develop a FTTP solution that’s right for your business.