Total Tele recently caught up with Mike Knott, Market Development Manager, FTTH, Corning to discuss key challenges faced by UK Alt-Nets in FTTH deployment and Corning’s supporting role ahead of Connected Britain 2021 next week in London.
Where is the UK positioned relative to the rest of Europe for FTTH deployments?
The most recent IDATE FTTH/B Market Panorama Report painted a positive picture for European FTTH growth, with 52.5% of homes able to subscribe to a fibre broadband connection at the end of September 2020.
Slowly but surely, the UK has grown into a real hotbed for FTTH activity. Access to a “full fibre” network for UK homes and businesses has risen from 14% in May 2020 to around 21% at the start of this year, representing coverage of circa six million premises passed.
In recent years, the rate of build in the UK is, along with France, the highest in Europe. Much of this is owed to our growing number of Alt Nets which cover the full range of build strategies. From dense urban builds, mid-sized towns and cities to low density rural construction.