The cost to build UK's next generation networks

Telecommunications consultancy Analysys Mason produced a report on the cost of building the UK’s next generation fibre-based networks in September 2008.

It estimated the cost of fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) at £5.1bn, of fibre to the cabinet with a wireless link to the home at £24.5bn, and of fibre to the home at £28.8bn. This last figure is roughly £1000 per home, and less than that if you include business premises.

BT said it could extend its coverage from half of homes to two-thirds of homes, i.e from 13.5 million homes to 18 million home for an extra £1bn, or £211 per home. This would be an FTTC service with a copper pair link to the home, but still offering up to 40Mbps, if you lived close to a BT street cabinet.

Since then innovation and supply of fibre have seen costs tumble.  The Analysys Masons report provides plenty of insight into the issues involved.

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

Please create a username to comment.