Superfast 1Gbps broadband on the way, as and when BT agrees
On paper, it looks like an audacious but perfectly plausible goal - Fujitsu have joined forces with Virgin Media, TalkTalk and Cisco to deliver next generation internet services to five million homes in rural Britain.
Fujitsi's proposal for 1Gbps fibre optic network - which would have the capacity to increase to 10 Gbps - would provide "an opportunity for any community or local authority looking to access a proportion of the £530 million earmarked by the UK Government to drive investment in superfast broadband in rural communities." It's been described as an alternative to BT Openreach and would be available to all ISPs rather than just those partnering up for the project.
All in all, it's good news for the UK and sure to see the country boldly march into a future of super fast broadband services. Yeah! Yeah? Um, no, not just yet. See, there's a single line of worrying small print in Fujitsu's press release:
"The plans rely on the remedy imposed by the regulator Ofcom, on BT Openreach, to provide access to its underground ducts and telegraph poles on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms."
So the plans rely on BT being happy with a major competitor using BT's own infrastructure to rob BT of market share. We're sure there'll be no issues with that.
[Engadget] thanks to avid Bitterwallet reader Ben