The Last Mile – Beyond Fibre

Magazine article – The Journal of the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals (ITP)

Alongside water, gas and electricity, broadband has swiftly become the fourth utility and is now an essential commodity for modern day living and working. This has been particularly evident during the Covid-19 pandemic when much of the UK and indeed the world has been working from home. Multimegabit access continues to have a transformative effect on both the economy and everyday life and optical fibre technology has long promised the nirvana of almost infinite bandwidth on demand. However, the challenges of the access network create significant economic barriers which have to date inhibited mass deployments of full fibre networks.

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