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    2.3 million now signed up to BT Consumer Infinity fibre based service

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      2.3 million now signed up to BT Consumer Infinity fibre based service

      thinkbroadband :: 2.3 million now signed up to BT Consumer Infinity fibre based service
      BT Group has published it latest set of quarterly figures and they indicate that BT Consumer division (BT Retail) is still winning the majority of the FTTC business within the UK. The good news is that the fibre based broadband network from Openreach is now available to some 20 million homes and growing at a rate of around 70,000 extra premises per week as new cabinets go live.
      "We have passed more than 20m premises with our fibre broadband rollout. We achieved 341,000 net fibre connections, an increase of 29%. That brings the number of homes and businesses connected to more than 3m, 15% of those passed. Overall DSL and fibre broadband market net additions were 163,000, 14% down on last year.

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      Capital expenditure decreased 8%. While our commercial fibre build is nearing completion, we have increased the overall intensity of our fibre rollout through the BDUK programme. We received grant funding of 73m (Q1 2013/14: 12m) relating to the BDUK programme with the increase from last year broadly offsetting the overall increase in our fibre capital expenditure. Operating cash flow increased 11%."
      Extract from Openreach section of results for 1st quarter to 30th June 2014
      Openreach with 3 million customers via various retail providers signed up on its FTTC and FTTP networks is showing a reasonable level of take-up at 15% and as demand for faster broadband increases driven largely by video-on-demand services the take-up level is likely to increase. For the BDUK projects once 20% is hit within an intervention area clawback mechanisms kick-in so that the County Council partner gets some of their investment back and can either return this to their coffers, or re-invest in pushing fibre based services deeper into rural areas.

      The BT Consumer division is out pacing the growth of the other large broadband providers, adding 104,000 new broadband customers in the last quarter and now has over 7.4 million customers on a broadband service. The idea that all fibre based broadband is called Infinity is something that other providers are fighting but with 226,000 out of the 341,000 fibre connections in the last quarter it looks like an up hill struggle to convince the public that fibre based connections are available from a wide number of broadband providers at the retail level.

      Hopefully as the commercial roll-out phase for fibre based broadband slows down, those areas where they can see FTTP infrastructure partially built will see the final bits of work completed over the next few months and the online checkers will finally allow them to place an order for a 40 Mbps, 80 Mbps or faster service. Some 150,000 premises can order FTTP on the Openreach network at this time, but more should have it available, the problem is one of limited resources and with pressure to hit deadlines for the BDUK projects there is a risk that people may have to wait even longer.


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      Re: 2.3 million now signed up to BT Consumer Infinity fibre based service

      This seems to confirm the rumours that BT aren't getting a very good conversion of existing ADSL to FTTC. As it says "that brings the number of homes and businesses connected to more than 3m, 15% of those passed" With the massive investment BT is making a mere 15% conversion rate must be uber disappointing especially with the initial fanfare of publicity that this new super technology receives. Guess the price BT are asking the customer is just too high for the average user, but we knew that already.

      So with such poor take up I can't see BT rushing to achieve the politically inspired dates for target fibre across the UK. Unless the Government actively and massively subsidise further FTTC roll out.

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      Re: 2.3 million now signed up to BT Consumer Infinity fibre based service

      It is a difficult market at the moment.

      A lot of members complained about the recent price hike from Sky for their TV packages. I suspect that many of the same reasons will be behind people not wanting to upgrade from ADSL to FTTC.

      FTTC isn't cheap, as your correctly pointed out. If people can get ADSL for an affordable price and do most of what they want, if a little slower, then I guess they won't be upgrading just yet.

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      Re: 2.3 million now signed up to BT Consumer Infinity fibre based service

      It's the Apple conundrum. Apple persuade people they need improvements that in fact aren't that crucial but Apple has implanted a burning desire in their disciples to have the latest expensive hardware when last generations will do the job almost as well. BT don't have that market position, I suspect if people are asked about BT they are at best neutral and more inclined to be negative about them. So selling very expensive FTTC when cheaper ADSL often performs as well in the real world is difficult. I was managing about 16 Mbps on copper ADSL from Sky and when asked the question 'should I switch to FTTC' the Forum response was 'Why?' It's all a bit academic as BT have suspended FTTC installation in our area (affluent belt where the money does exist) and my FTTC cabinet has stood unused for almost a year. Now that doesn't sound like a company rushing to push forward the technology boundaries. And the recent widespread publicity of BT bypassing business users because the returns aren't mega high indicates what's driving BT.

     

     

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