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Fibre cables competition 'can boost FTTH coverage' - Structure Cabling

Industry competition can help increase access to full fibre-optic cables for super-fast broadband, it has been claimed.

Fluidata account manager Andi Soric believes the challenge laid down to BT by smaller service providers can encourage the telecoms giant to extend its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network.

BT is continuing to focus on the deployment of the slower fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) broadband technology, which offers speeds of up to 80Mbps.

By contrast, BT's FTTH broadband - which costs significantly more to deploy - is capable of transferring data at up to 330Mbps.

Writing for the Fluidata blog, Mr Soric explained how SME broadband provider Hyperoptic has fitted his new London flat with fibre cables - the infrastructure required for super-fast internet.

The company deployed fibre lines during the building construction, meaning all residents are able to sign up for next-generation services without the need to call out an engineer.

He also explained that BT has an Openreach router installed, offering BT's ultra-fast FTTH service as an alternative.

"I found it strange that BT and Hyperoptic have both deployed FTTP into all flats so efficiently, then I realised it must be in relation to direct competition," Mr Soric stated.

He said it was "great" to be given two different options for super-fast broadband, but questioned why FTTH services are not being deployed in all new flats.

Mr Soric referred to a blog post last month from his boss - Fluidata's managing director Piers Daniell - in which he complained about the connectivity options in his own new central London pad.

Despite living "within a stone’s throw" of centre of the capital, Mr Daniell reported that BT copper lines have been installed for broadband services.

This means that - at best - residents can only take advantage of the slower FTTC broadband, should they wish to sign up for next-generation services.

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