UK-wide Next Generation Network could cost up to GBP30 billion

8 Sep 2008

According to an industry report by the Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG), the British Government’s advisory group on broadband, the cost of installing high speed broadband in every home in the UK could reach up to GBP30 billion (USD53 billion). The BSG reports that a national deployment of fibre to street-level boxes would cost approximately GBP5.1 billion, while taking fibre to every UK home using point-to-point fibre could cost GBP28.8 billion, with the costs of deploying in rural areas expected to far exceed the costs in towns and cities. Antony Walker, chief executive of the BSG, said, ‘The scale of the costs looks daunting but the report does shed light on how some of these costs can be reduced and what the likely extent of commercial rollout will be. It should focus minds of commercial players, policymakers and regulators on the potential solutions to these challenges.’ The Next Generation Network is expected to provide broadband at speeds of up to 100Mbps.

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