Inca calls for increased government FTTP backing

A broadband association has called on the government to reaffirm its commitment to fibre-to-the-premises broadband.


A broadband association has called on the government to reaffirm its commitment to fibre-to-the-premises broadband. 

Building Gigabit Britain, a report from the Independent Networks Co-Operative Association (Inca), claimed that Westminster should put more backing behind its FTTP rollout.

The report was created with input from a number of major players in the broadband sector, including CityFibre, Gigaclear, Hyperoptic, Sky and Vodafone.

In the report, Inca said that the government should be targeting 80% of homes and businesses running FTTP broadband by 2026.

As well as calling for a faster rate of rollouts, Inca also said that broadband advertising needed to put an emphasis on the difference between FTTP and FTTC. 

Inca has claimed that FTTP was the technology that needed to be targeted as it was essential for the UK’s growing digital needs.

Inca CEO Malcolm Corbett said that there will soon be a divide between supply and demand for broadband. 

“Unless the UK government takes action, we will be faced in the very near term with a clear divergence between supply and demand in our digital communications.”

“The UK has some of the lowest pure fibre deployment in the OECD, yet our economy is one of the most digital in the world, which is dependent on our digital infrastructure.”

Corbett added that the Broadband Delivery UK scheme was a step towards what is needed, but ultimately the government and firms like Openreach needed to step up their efforts.

Source: Computer Weekly

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