More than 5.5 million homes and businesses in the UK can now connect to an independent fiber broadband network, according to new figures published today. For the first time, the total number of live links provided by the ‘alt nets’ is over 1m.
Compiled for the Independent Network Co-operative (INCA) at Point Topic using data provided by independent network operators nationwide, this year’s report ‘Metrics for the UK Independent Network Sector’ shows a doubling of the sector again compared to the previous year. year.
The independent sector continues to attract significant amounts of private funding and investment and expenditure commitments are expected to reach £ 17.7bn by the end of 2025. When added to the £ 12bn announced by BT Group, the £ 5bn raised by ‘announced the government, and £ 2bn. planned by VM02, investment levels will exceed previous estimates of £ 30bn to bring next generation networks to all UK properties.
INCA Chief Executive Malcolm Corbett said: “This continued high level of investment, coupled with commitments from others in the private sector such as BT and Virgin Media, and the money being invested by the government, shows that the UK on the right track, for the first time ever, the right competition for broadband infrastructure. Independent network operators are at the heart of this connectivity jigsaw that will give consumers real choice and encourage innovation in the broadband services they use. ”
The report also addresses the concerns of operators, including;
- planning delays and street works
- threat of overcapacity from the supplies of Project Gigabit, which is funded by the taxpayer
- delivery times for services from Openreach or other operators (eg, EAD, PIA circuits)
- obtaining wayleaves
- the impact of the BDUK break on publicly led Gigabit ISP Vouchers; and
- access to skills and labor.
“This report reflects the growing maturity of the stand-alone broadband sector,” said INCA Chairman Alex Blowers. “It is now transitioning from fundraising and planning to the delivery and execution phase and is undoubtedly a key partner in 21st century digital UK delivery. It is vital now that government and Ofcom gain momentum, by developing the basic policy and regulatory framework to support the current infrastructural competition in the UK, ”Mr Blowers continued.
The full report can be viewed at- https://www.inca.coop/2022-altnet-metrics.
For more information about their work or about INCA in general, please visit: https://www.inca.coop/.
Homes and businesses turn to independent providers for broadband connectivity, new report reveals –
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