Wednesday, November 16, 2011

BT Openreach Cites Progress on Duct and Pole Sharing

Openreach noted progress in trials of its Duct and Pole Sharing services. The company published revised prices for pole and duct access, which other operators could use to launch their own fibre services.

Fujitsu UK, the furthest-advanced participant in Openreach's trial of duct and pole sharing, has recently connected its first end-users. It has done so via a trial of Fibre-to-the-Premises technology in the Wirral, deployed using Openreach's duct and pole infrastructure. Fujitsu UK is the first Communication Provider to connect end customers through this process.

Openreach chief executive Liv Garfield said: “We've pulled out all the stops to make sure our products fit the needs of our customers, so I have been delighted by the positive feedback we've had from Fujitsu UK and others. Pole and duct access will enable CPs to deliver superfast broadband speeds in areas outside the existing planned commercial footprint, so we felt it was important to launch the products as soon as possible.�?