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New report predicts more than 14 million premises will be passed by altnets by 2025

Nearly one million homes and businesses in the UK are now in reach of ultrafast full fibre connectivity provided by alternative network providers (altnets), approaching double the number of premises reached by BT Openreach. Produced by Point Topic for INCA, and drawing together data from survey responses from INCA members, UKWISPA and Point Topic research programmes, the report also estimates that altnets with Fixed Wireless Access networks can reach up to a further two million premises, mainly in rural areas.

Digital and Culture Minister Margot James said:

In December 2017 DCMS issued a Call for Views on the 5G Network Deployment Pilots. 

Through its 5G Strategy, the government aims to accelerate the deployment of 5G networks and to ensure that the UK can take early advantage of the applications those networks can enable. The Call sought views on the appropriate scale and scope of deployment pilots that will help to establish the conditions under which 5G can be deployed in a timely way and help foster the development of the UK’s 5G ecosystem.

INCA's submission can be downloaded here in full.

INCA has made a submission in response to the Call for Evidence launched in December by DCMS.

The cross-government Review, led by DCMS, will assess whether any additional policy interventions are needed to create the conditions for long term investment in world-class digital connectivity.

INCA recently submitted reponses on two Ofcom consultation exercises in relation to the Wholesale Local Access (WLA) market.

Ofcom's Wholesale Local Access Market Review, which ran from March 31 through to June 9, sought views on the regulation of this market. INCA's full reponse is available here.

INCA has responded to the DCMS Consultation on Extending Local Full Fibre Networks. Rather than going over ground that our members have highlighted in their responses, or re-iterating the points made in our report Building Gigabit Britain, we have instead focused on some general points about how different approaches can deliver excellent results in terms of coverage - with examples from the UK and overseas. We also emphasise that full fibre does not just mean fibre to the premises, it also means fibre to the wireless network.

The past few years have seen a flowering of businesses building new digital networks in competition with BT. They provide pure fibre networks (Fibre to the Premise (FTTP)), fixed wireless networks (FWA), hybrid networks and satellite broadband services. They operate in urban and rural areas and have a range of business models. However, none own a copper phone network and, with limited exceptions, they do not rely on state aid. Instead they use commercial investment to build brand new networks and establish close relationships with the communities they serve. These companies are INCA’s members – the Altnets.