First published in 2009. With the various strategic shifts in the fibre market increasing leading to a patchwork, this article from the archives looks at the different scenarios for the broadband market and starts to consider how it might be joined together to create a competitive infrastructure market.
There is a wide consensus that ubiquitous Next Generation Access networks (NGA’s) could never be successfully developed in the UK by a single organisation during a single “big bang” project. Rather it is highly likely that a number of local projects will appear, built by a wide variety of organisations and with a number of possible ownership structures.
While at a technical level, this is not a new problem – the term “Internet” used to describe the current global infrastructure reflects the necessity to inter-connect disparate networks. When we use the term “The Internet” we are actually referring to traffic across many networks working co-operatively to deliver service. Continue reading
From the archive – January 2013. For no special reason, this is the first of the articles from the archives. This looks at the transformation of various market sectors as the evolve into a more cohesive and unified fibre broadband market. I’ve left it unedited so you judge for yourself if it remains relevant or dated.
It can be argued that the telecommunications market is undergoing what may be the single largest transformations in its history as it migrates away from copper-based services towards fibre-based solutions.
The debate surrounding the shift often focuses on the immediately practical points of the technology choices and the mechanics of who pays for it and how. This short paper instead tries to consider the movements in the market that are underway and how these might best be supported. Continue reading
This site has been very quiet since I joined Gigaclear in 2016 where I run the strategy team within the wholesale and infrastructure business but it may now be returning, at least as an archive.
Due to my neglect, sadly the site was hacked and I never got around to rebuilding it but recently I received a number of requests to from some kind industry colleagues asking that I republish a number of articles.
Given the exciting times in the UK broadband market, I’ve decided it is time to dust of some of the articles that either people have mentioned or that I think remain relevant to our rapidly moving sector – you can judge for yourselves. So here goes…