New players drive boom in UK broadband connections


Alternatives to BT Openreach for business graded broadband connections finally available to businesses in the UK

A new report on the outlook for the UK telecommunications sector produced by IHS has highlighted the key role of new players in driving broadband connections, accounting for a 70% rise in high speed broadband connections over the next five years, from almost nine million at the end of 2015 to more than 15.5 million by the end of 2020.

The report also identified CityFibre as a 'notable' alternative to BT Openreach.

"While BT is working on expanding superfast services using VDSL (FTTC) and G.Fast, alternative operators have entered the market using FTTP to increase their coverage," said Fiona Vanier, senior analyst at IHS Technology.

Infrastructure supplier CityFibre was founded in January 2011 and now owns and operates 618km of local access networks in more than 50 UK towns and cities.

By 2020, CityFibre is planning to increase its coverage area from 15 percent of all UK households to 20%.

"This means that ISPs looking to move into certain towns or cities may have the option of choosing CityFibre as a wholesaler instead of BT," Vanier added.

"Key players in the UK broadband market, such as Sky and TalkTalk, already recognise CityFibre as a viable alternative to BT Openreach, and a number of significant agreements have been signed with CityFibre over the last 12 to 18 months."

Another company pushing the boost in connections is Gigaclear. "Gigaclear has found its niche in the market," Vanier said. "With take-up rates as high as 40%, it is clear that this company is expanding quickly in key areas in the UK."

Source: Comms Dealer 9th March 2016


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