Copper switch-off skirts around Digital Britain vision – comment from Exponential-e
The Department for Culture Media & Sport has published its Digital Communications Infrastructure Strategy consultation which has raised the prospect of switching off the UK’s copper telephone network. Following this latest news, please see below for comment from Steven Harrison, lead technologist at Exponential-e.
“For the UK to remain competitive, digital plumbing is essential for every home and business. Suggestions of switching-off the copper telephone network are skirting around the real issue; providing universal access to high-quality, high-speed broadband across all areas of the country.
For the regulator to specify specific technologies or transmission mediums is a step in the wrong direction. The current regulatory environment surrounding traditional fixed voice services has driven up the complexity and cost of operator networks. It has also taken investment away from the pure, all IP network. Instead, the regulator’s focus should remain firmly on the services that need to be delivered in 2020 and operators should be free to select the technology that makes most sense – which in some areas could be fibre, wireless or copper.”
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