According to CityFibre Holdings’ Head of Corporate Development, the reason why the UK is lagging behind with FTTH deployments was because it lacked third party investment from the private and utilities sector.
Another reason he presumed that fibre seems to be taking a longer time to kick off was because of the current tax system (Fibre Tax) which seems to slow down the process rather than encourage its growth (as well as involvement of more firms in the expansion of FTTH).
James Enck, CityFibre’s Head of Corporate Development, presumed that these were the exact reasons why the UK was not a trendsetter but merely a “follower” when it came to FTTH.
ISPreview.co.uk reported Mr Enck as saying:
“The most effective steps towards closing the gap between the UK and the leaders of the FTTH league table would be to remove barriers and disincentives to investment by entrepreneurial sources of capital.
“The asymmetry which exists in the rating system for fibre networks [Fibre Tax], which currently rewards incumbent scale and punishes investment which lights up new fibre, should also be revisited.
“Fibre infrastructure projects, executed properly, have the same qualities [as other good projects for investors to consider], but they have yet to be packaged into fund structures which can tap investor demand at scale.”
Broadbandwatcher looks forward to a future where all households have access to 10Gbps, Mr Enck. Would that be enough speed to flawlessly stream 3D content on ten or more devices at once? Oh goodie.