UK: The Need For Fiber is 'Premature'?
Major UK incumbent takes the less expensive route...
The UK is concerned that they're falling behind the broadband curve, and are looking for ways to expand and speed up connectivity. The BBC says that incumbent British Telecom is unwilling
to spend the money necessary for widespread FTTH connectivity. Both British regulators and British Telecom are suggesting that the need for such bandwidth is "premature."
British Telecom suggests there's no money in this fiber stuff, and is instead deploying limited ADSL2+ technology and offering speeds up to 25Mbps. You may recognize some of the rhetoric being used across the pond:
"No-one would be more delighted if a commercial incentive emerged that enabled us to fibre the nation," said Peter McCarthy-Ward, BT's director of equivalence. But he is not yet sure the demand is there. "We are not facing large numbers of people today who are constrained by their bandwidth," he said. Any commitment to a fibre network would need to be backed by reassurances from Ofcom (UK regulator) that it would be able to recoup its investment, he said.
As in the States, moving to FTTH may future-proof your network, but investors frequently lack the patience for returns on such an investment. Of course these same investors will bail down the road when the carrier can't compete because they haven't bothered to stay competitive in the marketplace.
| |Matt3All noise, no signal.Premium
Re: it's all about money
said by openbox9:Tell someone it's going to take 30 minutes to download something, or tell them it will take 3 minutes.
So if it takes someone 3 minutes to download 100+MB service pack from Microsoft, the demand is there? I don't buy it.
Watch the "demand" appear on their face as they reach for their wallet.
Just because *YOU* don't mind waiting, doesn't mean everyone does. We're an impulsive society, we want it now now now.
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Re: it's all about money
said by RainWind7:i dont know about that
We're also a cheap society. Money rules all. Its why so many people switch to VoIP even knowing the quality is in most cases worse than POTs. People will deal with some small issues like lower call quality and possible interruptions if it saves them some money.
If you tell someone they can have it in 3 minutes instead of 30 of course they'll be interested... and then tell them they're going to pay an extra $50 and they'll find something else to do for that other 27 minutes.
my Skype to Skype sounds BETTER then POTS to POTS
even Skype to POTS sounds better but you can really tell how crappy POTS is when your on the Skype end of a Skype to POTS call
| |BoogeymanDrive it like you stole itPremium
the future... I hate how a lot of companies and gov agencies use the "We dont need it right now" excuse. Sure, we dont NEED 20mbps right now, but remember, 10 yrs ago, we didnt need 3mbs down. Hell, I have 6mbps right now and some pages still take a few seconds to load. I remember 5 yrs ago when my 1.5mbps connection just wasnt cutting it because of all the pages using flash. Now that streaming video is taking off, more people are going to want more bandwidth.
Its just like with roads, by the time the gov (city/county/state) decides to make that 2 lane road a 4 lane and the construction is done, we need 6 lanes.
So sure, we dont NEED it NOW, but if you start building it now, it will be usable by the time it IS needed.