Ofcom has announced that it will conduct a survey into infrastructure to examine the scope for extending next generation broadband networks. The announcement is part of a wider proposal of work by the regulator to promote broadband in new homes, office developments and other locations.
The proposal is designed to safeguard the levels of competition and consumer protection for fibre-based products that currently apply to copper-based networks. It aims to provide regulatory clarity and equal treatment of communications providers, whilst also ensuring flexibility during rollout of the new fibre-based products.
The regulator hopes to encourage investment by standardising wholesale telecoms products to make the deployment of fibre-based products attractive to property developers. It will ensure the appropriate consumer protection measures are in place for properties with new networks.
The move to next generation fibre-based telecoms networks is a fundamental change in telecoms infrastructure and many businesses are interested in providing fibre networks to new build developments.
Ofcom’s chief executive Ed Richards said: ‘Super-fast broadband is ripe for deployment in new build areas. We need to take advantage of this and encourage investment in networks, while promoting competition. This will allow consumers to benefit form all the advantages of super-fast access speeds, competitive provision and choice.’