Gimme a P

Class statement from Liv Garfield, BT Group Director of Strategy, Policy & Portfolio, last week that I cannot avoid mentioning. 

In a PC Pro Interview, Liv is quoted as saying,  “The vast majority [of FTTC homes] get between 33 and 38Mbits/sec. There’s no point in going back and investing, just because it’s something called P instead of C,” she added. 

In the paragraph above Liv’s quote, PCPro announces that BT aren’t planning to return to those places which get FTTC in the initial deployment ie around 25% of the country. Um, for how long exactly will there be no replacement of the antique copper? And have the likes of Cornwall County Council considered the implications of this for their citizens?

It is difficult to even begin to comprehend why a single private company should be permitted to dictate what at least 25% of this country is going to be ‘stuck on’ for the next untold number of years.

No-one can say that 60-70Mbps is future-proofed when applications are already in existence which require more than this to function correctly. And as other countries begin to make 1Gbps available to the masses, it is not going to be long before we see a deluge of apps that require far greater bandwidth to function correctly. And not just bandwidth, but also a consistency of service that copper wire is entirely incapable of providing.  

Whether we are looking to provide telehealth services and thereby save the NHS untold monies, or offer stay at home services for our ever-ageing population, or just play games and share videos, pretending that what is coming will not require fat pipes and fibre is ludicrous. 
Nope, it will not be an easy task to fibre up the whole country, but it doesn’t come as a great surprise to anyone. After all, it is now 26 years since it was first publicly proposed. BT have had more than long enough to prepare their ageing network for the future and there has been an awful lot of fibre laid, including in rural areas, just since I became involved in campaigning for broadband a decade ago. Pretending the task of FTTP/H is beyond their coffers or capabilities is stretching the limits of our (dis)belief a step too far.
As we’ve said before, 
Gimme a P
 Or it will be 

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In the same week BT have also said that they are extending the area the cabinet will cover, and as the service drops over distance that means they will accept orders for a 5 megabit FTTC service. This is another scandal waiting to happen... the next step is BET. Just watch. Liv needs to do a course on physics. FTTC is not the future. I am glad computer weekly is onto this scam. Protecting this copper cabal is Ofcom, and unless we break through it this country will never be a player in the digitalrevolution. At some point they will have to lay fibre to the home, so why not start now instead of investing in yet more obsolete copper tech? chris Gimme a P. CU