The availability of full fibre infrastructure is often identified as the key to delivering economic growth. The availability of high quality, ultrafast services in a competitive market can help revitalise digitally-disadvantaged areas, enable better social mobility and remove ‘blockers’ for business growth and investment.
With digital at the heart of many of the services local authorities deliver, building a future-proofed infrastructure that among other things can provide the backbone for enhanced services (CCTV, multi-office networking, emergency services communications and ‘smart’ street furniture) helps to reduce costs in both the short and long term.
Our wholesale only, full fibre delivery enables this.
Addressing Not Spots
Addressing broadband not-spots is at the very heart of what we do. We look to work in partnership with local authorities to identify the issues that they need help with and to support the development of a commercial case to deliver effective solutions. In particular, we look at the places the data leaves out – pockets of housing and businesses that are getting a substandard connection, or areas that the council thinks would benefit from digital rejuvenation. Often this involves identifying social housing and low rent zones that would benefit most from access to better online services.
Using our smart deployment techniques we leverage existing assets to reduce the cost, and increase the speed of deployment, as well as reducing civils works intrusion on the local residents.
Fueling Social Mobility and Enterprise
Truly excellent connectivity has the ability to fuel both social mobility and enterprise growth. By providing better access to education, employment searches and council services, as well as enabling communications (both locally and also internationally for refugees) it helps enable social mobility and community inclusion. More and more this forms the cornerstone of many Digital Plans.
Full Fibre provides gigabit capable, future-proofed connectivity to all customers, and does so through a wholesale model, ensuring a competitive marketplace over our infrastructure.
Our infrastructure provides access to flexible, price competitive services for business that can grow as they do, helps attract new businesses, and fuels employment options. Many businesses directly cite this as a key driver for having to move, or in choosing an office location. Having the same services available to the home better facilitates remote and part-time working, creating additional employment opportunities for those groups often harder to reach.
As council and state services become ever more interconnected, shared networks have the ability to greatly enhance productivity and reduce costs. By providing either point-to-point, point-to-multipoint or dark fibre networks, Full Fibres end-to-end fibre optic network has the ability to deliver this.
Further, by providing the anchor from which to build our commercial rollout this often enhances the case for us to build our network throughout the area, delivering benefits more widely.
Street furniture, public wifi, & 5G
Our networks provide the bases and reduce the costs of deploying ‘smart’ street technology. From digital street lighting and traffic control systems to CCTV, public WiFi and messaging and information systems, our network reduces the cost and increases the feasibility of deployment.
As small cell sites become more prevalent, particularly for 5G deployments, the prevalence of this infrastructure encourages investment from mobile network operators.
We design our fibre deployments to cover as many of these opportunities as possible, building in aggregation points to allow for quick and simple expansions with the minimum of civil dig disruption.