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The FTTH Council Has Decreed – Today is Officially “Gimme Fibre Day”

Monday, November 4th, 2013 (1:05 am) - Score 895
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Remember, remember. The.. fourth of November? The Fibre-to-the-Home Councils Global Alliance has declared that today is officially the inaugural “Gimme Fibre Day“, which has been setup as an annual event to help promote the benefits of true ultrafast fibre optic (FTTH) connectivity as the “only future-proof solution” for broadband Internet access.

Apparently the date for today’s event corresponds with the birthday of Nobel Prize winner Sir Charles Kuen Kao (aka – “Father of Fibre Optics“), whom was jointly awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics for “ground-breaking achievements concerning the transmission of light in fibres for optical communication“.

The FTTH Council Global Alliance, which consists of the FTTH Council Africa, FTTH Council Americas, FTTH Council Asia Pacific, FTTH Council Europe and FTTH Council Middle East & North Africa, plans to hold a variety of events across the world today in order to raise the profile of fibre optic connectivity and celebrate how it has “positively impacted communities across the world“.

Admittedly some people would rather we never spend £15-30bn to roll-out a national FTTH network around the United Kingdom but eventually this may be the only long-term solution. Further details should hopefully be available on the schemes Gimme Fibre Day website and their related Facebook page.

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17 Responses
  1. Avatar New_Londoner

    If these self-appointed “councils” of equipment manufacturers want to deliver FTTH, what’s stopping them? Oh, they want us to pay them to do it? So it’s really “Gimme your money day” not “Gimme fibre day” then.

  2. Avatar GNewton

    How is that different from the current BDUK postcode lottery paid for largely by taxpayer’s money, using commercially unviable technology where not even BT would touch a 3rd of the country?

    • Avatar TheFacts

      They are touching more of the country than any FTTP company would for the same funding.

    • Avatar Gerarda

      @thefacts evidence?

    • Civil construction work costs for FTTP/H far outweigh the same costs for FTTC because the latter of which avoids making major street works after the cabinet since it uses the existing copper network. Overall something like £5bn for FTTC or £20bn-£35bn for FTTH/P depending on which report and approach you take. Not that you need to see any reports as there’s some common sense logistics involved.

      So far BDUK has taken the FTTC path and if you add it all up, including the £2.5bn private investment to reach 66% by 2014, then you’ll get around £5bn or so for 95%.

    • Avatar GNewton

      I was replyinjg to New_Londoner’s post where he said: “So it’s really “Gimme your money day””. The same is true with BT: Gimme your taxpayer’s money!

    • Avatar TheFacts

      @GNewton – or any other company with a government contract.

    • Avatar GNewton

      @FibreFred: It is still very wrong to give so much taxpayer’s to BT who has no need for it. Especially when many taxpayers won’t even see any benefits from it. And don’t cry out that VDSL is beneficial, it is not even eavailable to many of these taxpayers as a nextgen service!

    • Avatar FibreFred

      ?

      I assume you got mixed up, please don’t tell me you think I’m TheFacts?

    • Avatar TheFacts

      So BDUK money should not have been awarded to BT because they did not need it? How else would Superfast get rolled out, who else could do it?

      Many will benefit from it.

    • Avatar GNewton

      @FibreFred: “I assume you got mixed up” Apologies, it was meant to be a reply to TheFacts.

      @TheFacts: The whole BDUK process is flawed. 1.2 Billion of taxpayer’s money goes to BT who has no need for it. The free market forces will eventually serve most areas. VDSL is not a commercially viable technology for one 3rd of the country. Create the right condition for the market, e.g. scrap the anachronistic fibre tax, force BT to publish its rollout plans for the next 5 years or so, to give other providers a chance to invest in their networks. We already see examples of this, like Gigaclear, or local long distance wireless providers.

      It is plain wrong for a taxpayer to fund the VDSL lines of other users when this taxpayer will never be offered the same service, too, for his money. If you use public funding, do it the right way, as a longterm investment, with an eventual ROI, don’t just give it away (drawback clause doesn’t really make any difference!). And do it with the right mix of technologies, for all users, don’t skip 10 to 20 percent who just happen to be on the loosing end of this VDSL postcode lottery. Funding is not an issue, much more money is wasted on e.g. the HS2 project.

    • Avatar TheFacts

      How do you determine that VDSL is not suitable for 1/3 of the country? Discussion elsewhere about actual bandwidth usage. And remember 1G is only the fibre speed because that’s what the interfaces are sold as.

    • Avatar GNewton

      @TheFacts: You are really not up-to-date with the facts. Ask BT, and they will readily confirm that their commercial VDSL rollout only covers 2/3 of the country. Everything beyond that is not commercially viable with this technology, not for BT, nor for hardly any other company. You don’t see anybody else digging up roads and deploying VDSL lines and cabinets in the final third on a purely commercial basis.

    • Avatar TheFacts

      I did read that incorrectly, however VDSL part funded by BDUK does provide a service beyond 2/3 of the UK for many to enjoy.

  3. Avatar dragoneast

    All we need is someone to invent a magic wand, and we can have gimme whatever you want. I’ll have one under the Christmas tree please.

  4. http://youtu.be/kAPvyDLJs10 we celebrated the gimmefibre day by blowing more fibre. the only way to get the job done is to do it yourself? if everyone watching this 1 minute video could ‘like’ it we could win the gimmefibre day prize for the vid and win an ipad which we could then raffle and buy more fibre from the suppliers and bring the light to more rural people? go on, you know you want to.
    ta.

  5. Avatar Anon

    When is a ‘gimme half decent broadband’ day ?
    Our ADSL Max only, Market 1, exchange was due for WBC upgrade in May,
    never happned, not even a new date…!
    And it’s not like we are in middle of nowhere, just 5 miles outside
    Kent’s capital city !
    And yet we pay DOUBLE then friends 3 miles up the road !
    Fibre ? We eat it for breakfest 🙁
    M

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