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British Telecom Announces Fiber To The Press Release
Assuming the British government does what it's told...
by Karl Bode 03:21PM Tuesday Jul 15 2008
Last December, UK telco British Telecom called running fiber to the home "premature," instead opting to milk copper for a little longer (like a few baby bells we know here in the States). But today the telco stated that barring "regulatory certainty" (industry code for government doing exactly what the phone company tells them to) they'll be spending $3 billion to offer a combination of both fiber to the node (FTTN) and fiber to the home (FTTH) technology at speeds up to 100Mbps. As is usually the case, the press release gets a little less sexy when you look closely:
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We will deliver both though the exact split will be driven by the interest shown by government and regional and local authorities. FTTP deployment will be focused primarily on new build sites such as Ebbsfleet and the Olympic Village whilst FTTN will be more prevalent elsewhere. Recent tests show the majority of ADSL2+ customers should enjoy speeds of around 10Mb or above with many getting substantially higher speeds. The technology is also improving all the time.
In other words, the majority of BT customers will still be on copper unless the government ponies up subsidies and passes the laws BT wants. Despite the press applauding this new UK "nationwide fiber deployment," it's not much different from AT&T, who deploys FTTH only to shiny new developments (then caps them at DSL speed). One major exception is that BT will give competitors wholesale access to the network, something AT&T and Verizon have yet to do.

British Telecom is promising FTTN customers they'll see speeds of at least 40Mbps, though of course this depends entirely on the customer's distance to the central office. AT&T currently offers FTTN customers just 10Mbps of usable data bandwidth, though sync speeds are higher for shorter loop lengths, and the company has promised faster line-bonded speeds down the road. British Telecom insists 60Mbps FTTN is on their radar.

Of course these half-hearted approaches to network upgrades are in order to please nervous investors, who start fidgeting like children in church when presented with the huge upfront costs of true FTTH (though they have the luxury of bailing when the company is no longer competitive). So companies instead embrace "fiber to the press release," a blend of fiber and pure, refined marketing that allows them to pretend they offer last mile fiber.

Not only is it less expensive than truly future-proofing your network, the telco gets the added bonus of being able to dangle real fiber deployment over the heads of lawmakers every time they want a new law passed.

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pnh102
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Insulting

Isn't it demeaning to the legacy of the late, great Benny Hill to compare his brilliant, comedic genius to the ineptitude of a local phone company?
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Re: Insulting

said by pnh102:

Isn't it demeaning to the legacy of the late, great Benny Hill to compare his brilliant, comedic genius to the ineptitude of a local phone company?
Actually, this pic goes very well with the story. This whole BT press release is a freakin JOKE.

Adi
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Re: Insulting

A vast majority of press releases are. That's more or less their definition.
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Or BT is reading Benny Hill's old scripts and they are thinking the are great Business Plans.

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Re: Insulting

"One major exception is that BT will give competitors wholesale access to the network, something AT&T and Verizon have yet to do." Yeah right!!

That will never happen, and if it's forced, it will be the same circus act that the T-Com act of '96 brought to us.
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Re: Insulting

said by S_engineer:

That will never happen, and if it's forced, it will be the same circus act that the T-Com act of '96 brought to us.
Unless it has teeth, which the TA1996 Act didn't.

Of course, with our lobbyist/Washington DC situation, it's not going to happen. Back to your point #1.
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Why is there ALWAYS a negative spin?

I wont sit here and tell you this new BT rollout is revolutionary, or even fantastic. I didnt fall off my chair with jealously when I read it either. HOWEVER, this is overall good news for the people in the UK. They will be getting better, faster, more future proof service. Why is it that everything any company does needs to be turned into a hate fest on this website??

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Re: Why is there ALWAYS a negative spin?

said by wifi4milez:

I wont sit here and tell you this new BT rollout is revolutionary, or even fantastic. I didnt fall off my chair with jealously when I read it either. HOWEVER, this is overall good news for the people in the UK. They will be getting better, faster, more future proof service. Why is it that everything any company does needs to be turned into a hate fest on this website??
Because corporations are evil - even when they do good things. Get with the program why doncha. Drink the Koolaid. {/sarcasm}
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Re: Why is there ALWAYS a negative spin?

said by FFH:

said by wifi4milez:

I wont sit here and tell you this new BT rollout is revolutionary, or even fantastic. I didnt fall off my chair with jealously when I read it either. HOWEVER, this is overall good news for the people in the UK. They will be getting better, faster, more future proof service. Why is it that everything any company does needs to be turned into a hate fest on this website??
Because corporations are evil - even when they do good things. Get with the program why doncha you. Drink the Koolaid. {/sarcasm}
There there. Corporations are NOT evil. It's just that they look for one thing : PROFIT and it so happens that the means to attain said profit do not matter to them.

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said by wifi4milez:

I wont sit here and tell you this new BT rollout is revolutionary, or even fantastic. I didnt fall off my chair with jealously when I read it either. HOWEVER, this is overall good news for the people in the UK. They will be getting better, faster, more future proof service. Why is it that everything any company does needs to be turned into a hate fest on this website??
You are 100% correct of course and I agree completely... I just think Benny Hill deserves better.
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Re: Why is there ALWAYS a negative spin?

said by pnh102:

said by wifi4milez:

I wont sit here and tell you this new BT rollout is revolutionary, or even fantastic. I didnt fall off my chair with jealously when I read it either. HOWEVER, this is overall good news for the people in the UK. They will be getting better, faster, more future proof service. Why is it that everything any company does needs to be turned into a hate fest on this website??
You are 100% correct of course and I agree completely... I just think Benny Hill deserves better.
He sure does, no question about it!
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said by wifi4milez:

HOWEVER, this is overall good news for the people in the UK. They will be getting better, faster, more future proof service.
With BT's past track record, people in the UK take it with a grain of salt. Granted, *IF THEY DO WHAT THEY SAID IN THE PR* it will be good for the people. People are just skeptical of them doing what they said.

The part about allowing wholesale access to the network is very welcome news. Something we surely could use here.
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KrK
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Why the "Negative" spin? I'd say "Realistic."

As for the "hatefest", well, it's no more powerful then the shill-fest of those who believe Corporation-Doth-No-Wrong on the site, too.

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As a DSL-Extreme customer

I'd welcome DSL-Extreme having access to AT&T's VDSL.
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Tikker_LoS

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i don't get the complete rag on FTTN builds

generally you can deploy FTTN way faster, and with VDSL2+ you can see line rates in excess of 40mbps

it's not FTTH, but it's a heck of a lot more bandwidththan 95% of the population would need
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Re: i don't get the complete rag on FTTN builds

You should end your last sentence with "for now"...

Really the major benefits of an all fiber buildout are long-term... it makes future upgrades much simpler and has lower maintenance costs than copper.

But in the end you're right in that now it doesn't matter too much- if Verizon used some FTTN technology to provide 20/5 rather than FTTH then my internet connection wouldn't be any different. (Not sure if they could really provide both 20/5 and TV like they do now, though)
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Re: i don't get the complete rag on FTTN builds

said by EPS4:

You should end your last sentence with "for now"...
sure, of course

I don't disagree with that
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Must admit I chuckled at "FTTPR"

but the most important question is...

what is up with "Karl Bode"? Is this the same person as "Karl"? If so why the change?
daveberstein

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Most accurate of 25 news stories today

Karl

I've just reviewed 25 different news stories on this, the most effectively spun bit I've seen in ten years in telecom.

You were clearly the closest to the truth.
Dave Burstein
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