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.
Recent INCA policy work.
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.