Openreach is prepped to deploy fiber-to-the-premises to City of London businesses -- but only if landlords in the so-called "Square Mile" (London's financial district) give the wholesale provider permission, something an alarming number apparently have not yet done.
In fact, this inactivity caused Catherine McGuinness, chairman of policy and resources at the City of London, to send these apathetic property owners a letter outlining the results if they don't act soon, reported City A.M.
In part, the letter said:
The lack of engagement is a highly frustrating matter for Openreach, having undertook to prioritise the City to make the necessary investment to deliver a wholesale network, but also for the City Corporation given our longstanding advocacy around improving connectivity. Without sufficient take up there is a real danger that this opportunity could fall away with Openreach having to concentrate their efforts elsewhere in the UK, given their national roll out plans of FTTP and the delivery targets put in place by government.
Square Mile Squabble
Landlords in the City of London could be missing a trick if they don't engage with Openreach to enable fiber connectivity.
The lack of engagement with Openreach, BT's quasi-autonomous fixed access networks unit, could come back to haunt landlords as it seems blindingly obvious that offices and other properties in one of the world's foremost financial centers would attract more interest and higher rents if fiber is running directly into the building.
With its multi-year investment in next-generation PON beginning to show a return, Verizon's Intelligent Edge Network is now a reality, CEO Hans Vestberg told attendees of the Verizon 2019 Investor Meeting today.
Tune in to Broadband World News Radio on February 14 at 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT / 4 p.m. UK when John Isch, Practice Director of the Network and Voice Center of Excellence at Orange Business Services, discusses use cases, ROI and misconceptions of software-defined wide-area networks, virtualization and cloud.
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.