02 May 2012
How many companies can afford to put £100m into the pot (Cambridgeshire County Council issues £100m tender for next-gen broadband)?
So what this boils down to – and it’s the same for just about every other county – is that BT will do it, in order to stop others. Only one provider will be selected, and any innovation not allowed. BT will enable cabinets in densely populated areas with a token amount of fibre to one or two technology centres – for publicity purposes. The rural areas will end up on bonded copper that will give them a couple of miserable megabits.
In short, the county will stay on copper, but it will be marketed as “fibre based”, and the whole job will have to be done again in a few years.