White vans, engineers and cables have become a common sight in most UK towns as network operators race to roll out their full fibre networks. Raconteur describes it as “full-fibre frenzy” as these operators engage in a land grab to be the first to bring full-fibre to people’s neighbourhoods.
As regular readers of our blogs will already know, the ageing and overloaded copper network we have relied on for the last century is being withdrawn by Openreach and is being replaced by full-fibre. Ofcom has helped this cause by lifting the price cap on how much network operators can charge their customers for at least 10 years. This means they know they will see a return on their costly investment in their new networks, with 70% made up of dig costs.
Ofcom has also made it easier for other operators to gain access to Openreach’s underground ducts and telegraph poles, to enable them to build their own fibre networks. Enter Virgin Media, CityFibre and, more locally, Jurassic Fibre, among more than 40 others.
CityFibre is committed to bringing full-fibre to eight million premises in more than 100 towns and cities, while Jurassic Fibre is targeting areas that have traditionally suffered with poor connectivity. They are all doing their bit to offer superfast full-fibre by replacing the copper cabling that runs from the green telephone cabinets in the street to people’s homes and businesses...hence all the white vans!
While the roadworks may cause irritation, we should reflect on whether we would prefer cables to loop between buildings and hang over and beside roads as they do in other countries. The competition for land will hopefully mean networks with gigabit speeds will be rolled out more quickly and businesses will be able to benefit from improved connectivity sooner rather than later.
Lastly, it gives a connectivity reseller like us some options. By working with multiple network operators, including CityFibre and Jurassic Fibre, we can offer our customers a choice. We are not limited to one carrier, so we can offer you the best option available to get you up to speed as quickly as possible.
With faster connectivity on board, businesses will enjoy seamless access to the internet and cloud services. However, speed isn’t everything! There is no point in having fast connectivity if you cannot guarantee a fix time if it fails. Businesses that need 100% uptime will need to consider the service level agreements (SLAs) that accompany their connections to ensure they remain online.
If you want to find out what connectivity options are available in your area and the SLAs that accompany them, then please do not hesitate to contact me and let me do the hard work for you.