A new report from Ofcom predicts that the United Kingdom is set to overtake its European counterparts in the race for full fibre broadband across the nation over the next 5 or 6 years.
With Brexit still set for the end of January 2020, many will be relieved to hear that UK is ahead, at least in the fibre broadband rollout race which could potentially add £millions to the UK economy in the new decade.
As it stands, France and Spain find themselves in the lead. However, Ofcom has recently announced proposals that would see regulations imposed on BT’s Openreach relaxed, which could work out favourably when it comes to investment vocally backed by the government.
Why is full-fibre broadband important?
Super-fast internet connections may sometimes only seem like a few seconds difference to an individual user, but those seconds add up. Across the nation, it means that online content is being consumed at a much faster rate, and productivity is not hammered – all brilliant for the economy and the money in our pockets.
UK broadband rollout challenges
According to official statistics, just around 1 in 10 homes and businesses in the UK have full-fibre access, which in comparison to Spain’s 4 out of 5 connected premises, shows that the UK still has work to do if it wants to make the prediction come true.
While some of this is down to lack of investment which is perhaps now less of an issue due to Ofcoms loosening of the rules, some of it has to do with the practical difficulties of actually laying the miles and miles of cable required through difficult or protected terrain.
It’s a problem the team at Stockton-based Doocey NE Ltd are all too familiar with, but one that with the right technology and technical know-how, they’ve been able to overcome time and time again.
In rural areas that lack infrastructure or may involve protected land and wildlife, any major disruption to the status-quo is often deemed unacceptable.
By using so-called ‘Trenchless’ cable laying techniques such as mole ploughing and micro-trenching, the Doocey NE Ltd team has helped lay fibre cables including broadband up and down the UK. Sometimes this has been extra challenging, such as in remote locations like the Shetland Islands, or in urban but historical areas like York City Centre.
But with the right minimal excavation technology and a careful and experienced eye, Doocey have proven that the full-fibre rollout race is winnable even in the most difficult of locations.
Find out more about Doocey’s Cable Laying services.