Nicolas delafraye - stock.adobe.
The European broadband industry in 2019 was a place of huge activity and investment, with one overarching theme – full-fibre roll-out.
This was especially the case in the UK, where throughout the year, providers of all sizes embarked on plans to enable the country to catch up with its European peers in terms of access to gigabit networks. The fundamental benefit of such networks seemed as crystal clear as the fibres themselves – support for business transformation.
Yet this was not just a year of accelerated access by technology companies; it was a year when rolling out fibre-based broadband has been a hot political issue in the UK and was central to the plans of all the leading parties, in particular Labour, which had a radical plan to make fibre broadband freely available on a mass scale. This came just weeks after the ruling Conservative government rowed back on prior commitments to taking fibre to the country’s previously ignored heartlands.
So what will happen now as the dust settles on the General Election is not clear, but what is obvious is the appetite from companies everywhere for access to ultra-high-speed broadband networks that can take their businesses to another level. The big hope is that these wishes will be delivered in 2020.
Here are Computer Weekly’s top 10 networking stories of 2019.
Fibre-to-the-home provider Community Fibre has teamed with cloud and IT services provider Glemnet to bring unprecedented gigabit speed broadband to customers in south London.
Orange aims to accelerate French fibre momentum following €700m loan from European Investment Bank to develop non-metro French high-speed broadband.
Uproar in tech sector as Labour proposes to part-nationalise BT and offer free full-fibre broadband to all individuals and businesses by 2030 if it wins the General Election.
Access to full-fibre broadband is approaching 10% of properties in the UK.
The new prime minister made a bold promise to roll out full-fibre broadband across the country by 2025 – but it is a challenging task that requires serious investment and planning.
CityFibre undertakes industry-wide consultation process regarding the role of builders such as itself in developing the switchover from legacy copper networks.
The Broadband Stakeholders Group publishes research by Oxera to help local authorities understand the benefits of full-fibre and 5G.
5G starts eating into fibre as 5% of the global population gains access to gigabit networks.