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Newcomers invest in UK's fibre broadband market

16 ноября 2011

The U.K.'s high-speed broadband infrastructure market is getting an injection of fresh investment thanks to the arrival of a number of new players who are keen to roll out fibre infrastructure, according to new research published this week.

"Our regular survey of alternative superfast infrastructure projects shows a second wave of players with new money entering the market," said Annelise Berendt, senior analyst at Point Topic, which conducted the research.

While big companies like BT, Virgin Media and Fujitsu are grabbing the headlines when it comes to deploying high-speed networks in the U.K., "they are joined by several smaller players who have persuaded financiers to put up cash," Berendt said. "These include CityFibre, Gigaclear, Call Flow Solutions and Hyperoptic."

CityFibre Holdings has acquired a part-built fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network in Bournemouth and is now trying to raise funds to deploy fibre to 1 million homes and 50,000 businesses in secondary towns and cities, according to Point Topic.

Hyperoptic is a newcomer that concentrates on rolling out fibre to apartment blocks; it announced its first deployment in October. And Call Flow Solutions is involved in a number of publicly-funded projects in Kent and is rolling out a commercial sub-loop unbundling service.

"Meanwhile, Kingston Communications, the incumbent in Hull, has begun upgrading areas of its network for fibre-based services, launching a trial in September 2011," Berendt added. "And there are other names getting involved through the BDUK [Broadband Delivery UK] framework, such as Network Rail, Balfour Beatty and Thales, in addition to BT and Fujitsu."

BDUK is responsible for allocating £500 million in state funding to help build high-speed broadband infrastructure in areas where it would otherwise be unviable. Its funding allocation process is well underway, and with new sources of private investment emerging, the future looks promising, says Point Topic.

Источник: Total Telecom

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