While we might be good at…I’ll think of something, the UK is rubbish at fibre-to-the-premises coverage (FTTP), a report has revealed.
IHS Markit’s study found that the country is the third worst in Europe for FTTP, with only Greece and Belgium performing even more bleakly.
Only 1.8% of the UK was getting FTTP coverage as of June last year, while the current average broadband speed across the country is 16Mbps – which is plenty as far as I’m concerned, I only go online to check the weather.
IHS Markit’s principal analyst, Alzbeta Fellenbaum, said: ‘This reflects the preference of operators in these countries to prioritise their deployment strategies on upgrading existing VDSL networks, rather than investing in the typically more expensive FTTP technology.’
Big communications firm Openreach has said it would like to invest £6 billion creating 10 million FTTP connections by 2025 – but they did used to be part of BT so let’s just wait and see, shall we?