View Full Version : BT Report on Economic Impact of SuperFast on South East

Chris Woodward
02-08-2012, 03:11 PM
Here is a link to a BT report on the impact of superfast broadband for the South East:


Chris W

02-08-2012, 04:13 PM
Yep, nobody denies the positive effect that Superfast (whatever that means) Broadband has on our economic wellbeing. Some of the other statistics related to BT's anouncement may need some clarification before we get too excited or impressed.

50,000Km of fibre ... if that is 96 core fibre, then we may have to divide 50,000 by 96 to get 520Km. Somewhat less impressive. The real answer is in between of course.

3.5M BT Wifi hotspots ... that's counting everyone with a BT Internet connection and the fact they offer to any passer-by that also happens to have a BT Internet account the use of their own internet connection. I know many BT Internet subscribers that don't realise BTFON wireless network is their own modem, being offered to passers-by.

ADSL2+ (up to 20Mbps) rollout has been somewhat motivated by Ofcom compelling BT to drop by 12% the price of the ADSL Max (Up to 8Mbps) service. It makes commercial sense for BT to rollout ADSL2+ services to keep the wholesale cost to other ISPs higher than they would otherwise be able to with the ADSL Max service. Here's a link (http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/broadband/368788/ofcoms-bt-price-cuts-wont-help-rural-broadband).

I like FACTs ... no space for rumour or doubt when it's a Community initiative. It's community money, community benefit - no corporate shareholders outside our community. If we want to wait on BT to solve the rural broadband divide, we should know the facts, which are harder to get than they should be.