Less than 48 hours before Valentine's Day and a fortnight after Openreach pledged to deploy fiber to 3 million homes by 2020, frustrated British government officials want to dissolve the relationship between BT and Openreach.
Ostensibly, the two companies are separate -- yet BT has not implemented a legal structure that allows Openreach to operate independently. And BT is the only shareholder, overseeing the purse strings and ignoring Openreach management's pleas to upgrade 10 million lines to fiber, reported The Telegraph.
Openreach Could Stand Alone in Its High-Speed Strategy
Openreach new development planner plots the best route. (Source: Openreach)
As smaller players ramp up their fiber deployments, Openreach moved slowly to increase its fiber-to-the-premise strategy by 50%. At this rate, Openreach will reach the 10-million FTTP mark by mid-2020, said CEO Clive Selley.
By the end of last year, Openreach reported its fiber broadband passed 27.4 million premises: Of those, 886,000 connected to speeds of 100Mbit/s or greater via FTTP or Gfast. Within its third quarter (ended Dec. 31, 2017), Openreach made 600,000 fiber broadband net connections, according to its earnings report. At the end of calendar 2017, Openreach had about 9.2 million fiber subscribers versus 7.2 million 12 months prior, it said.
To be more aggressive, BT wants tax cuts and a more favorable regulatory environment, the Telegraph reported. The government is querying customers -- which include BT's consumer group, as well as telcos such as Vodafone, TalkTalk and Sky -- for feedback on a truly separate Openreach, a government source told the newspaper.
"Lots of investors are now seeing the potential of full fiber. BT and Openreach have more to gain than most but are not investing properly. We need to look at why," the source told the Telegraph.
The industry organization's major initiatives will address broadband differentiation based on quality of experience, global test labs for services, 5G, multi-access strategies and more, say CEO Robin Mersh and CMO Geoff Burke in an interview with BBWN.
Mike Zeto, GM of AT&T's Smart Cities division, expects metro areas to adopt platforms to manage multi-departmental IoT solutions once internal processes are aligned and more agencies are involved in smart city applications.
Fiber optic cable vendor Prysmian Group is now shipping its FlexRibbon Technology-based, US-sourced and made 6912 fiber MassLink Cable to service providers seeking densification for 5G or solutions for filled ducts.
Consumers are buying millions of IoT devices, from smart thermostats and security systems to intelligent entertainment setups and furniture. Yet many of these devices remain isolated because home users are uncomfortable connecting them to each other – or even their WiFi. After all, their WiFi network was probably designed only to handle a few laptops, a gaming system and a couple of smartphones. Now, demand on the network is surging and even though you're delivering 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps, that doesn't necessarily mean the broadband power is in the right place or reaches every corner of a home.
Even if WiFi coverage is sufficient, typing is not on trend. Voice is far more natural, easier and faster. Using a TV keyboard is archaic when more and more households have access to cloud-based voice services, like Amazon Alexa. This webinar will explore how service providers can create a comfortable, truly smart home for consumers – simultaneously driving up margin and loyalty.
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