It is a pivotal year for fibre: with large amounts of on-going build activity, altnets vying for space and investment, and a potential wave of regulatory change poised to go ahead – yet the opportunities remain huge. Some of this is not new, and the fibre sector has been anticipating reforms for some time. However, anticipating these challenges and finding ways to thrive alongside them is key.
Openreach’s financial results for the nine months to 31 December 2022 reveals that the operator has passed 9.6 million premises reached to date, with 29% of those connected.
LilaConnect has begun a three-year partnership with Leek Town FC that will see an advertising campaign span billboards and signage throughout The F. Ball community Stadium. It will also appear in the team’s match day programme.
Tom Tugendhat, MP for Tonbridge and Malling, visited Openreach’s network build in Edenbridge which has passed 20,000 homes and businesses in the local area.
Quickline has added 20 communities to its rollout in the last eight months, with its network now passing 10,000 homes and businesses across North Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
Broadband operators should use existing infrastructure when providing fibre upgrades in the wake of the Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Act (TILPA), says InCoax.
Truespeed took its cumulative network to 60,000 properties passed in 2022 and has now connected 13,00 customers. The Bath-based altnet plans to double these figures by 2024.
Vfast Internet, part of Orbital Group has signed up its 15,000th customer. MD Rebecca Brown attributes the growth to partnerships with OFNL and CityFibre.
Neos Networks is now better placed to serve the public sector after being named as a supplier on Crown Commercial Service’s G-Cloud 13 framework.