Friday, April 15, 2011

1 Gbps Next Generation Internet Services in Rural Britain

Fujitsu, Virgin Media, TalkTalk and Cisco have agreed to collaboratively build a fiber based network to deliver next generation internet services to 5 million homes in rural Britain. In addition to all of the benefits broadband services provide to homes and businesses (education, entertainment, remote healthcare, government services, etc), there are a number of other things I find appealing about this collaborative effort:

  • It's rural - these are areas that typically suffer most, lacking any broadband services.
  • The network will be Fiber To The Home (FTTH) based with initial symmetrical bandwidth of 1 Giga bit per second (Gbps).
  • Because they are going to be using fiber, the network is future-proofed with  the potential to run at speeds greater than 10 Gbps. 
  • The network will be open access to any ISP,  giving rural customers options. When broadband is available in rural areas, often there is only a single choice. Competition should be good because it usually drives prices down and bandwidths up to the consumer.
  • The collaboration will involve local community broadband groups, enabling dynamic and flexible solutions in rural communities.
 It would be nice to see a collaboration like this in the U.S.

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