Consumers need to take the FTTH fight to their MPs

By Sooraj Shah
22 Feb 2013 View Comments
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Onwurah sympathised with BT in that if they were to invest in FTTH their share price would suffer.

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"If BT was committed to putting £1bn a year into fibre for the next 10 years, the markets would not reward that," she said. "There is no reward for long-term investment."

Karin Ahl, president of the FTTH Council Europe told Computing that she cannot believe BT claimed that the public do not need FTTH.

"There needs to be a mutual understanding between government and BT that there is a need for it but it is government's responsibility to set out a vision and to support industry," she said.

Ahl pointed to the entertainment and content industry and internet based start-ups as examples of areas that need more bandwidth.

Mitch Singer, chief digital strategy officer at Sony Pictures, agreed with Ahl. His company is one of 80 signed up to digital rights authentication and cloud-based licensing system UltraViolet which has 10 million users in the US, and Singer believes that the service needs higher bandwidths afforded by FTTH as new technologies emerge.

"Anytime you start moving to a new patch you need the bandwidth on whatever device you are using," he told Computing. "The same goes for next-gen gaming devices where a lot of games will be streamed. When you move from HD into a 4K world, the ability to get the content to the home is going to be very important." 

"Broadband will likely be viewed as narrowband in the future," Singer concluded.

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