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On October 29, 2018, the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the UK presented the 2018 budget to parliament, which included a number of policies to support the telecoms sector, including a £200m ($257m) commitment to piloting new approaches to the deployment of full-fiber connectivity in rural locations, and a pledge of £1bn ($1.3bn) for investment in digital and broadband infrastructure, as well as running two consultations.


  • A number of initiatives will be required to encourage the much-needed private investment in fiber infrastructure, such as addressing barriers to entry and the cost of laying fiber, simplifying access to ducts and poles to ensure expansion, and maintaining a stable regulatory environment.

Features and Benefits

  • Identifies key challenges to achieving full-fiber coverage.
  • Evaluates new regulatory initiatives and consultations from Ofcom and DCMS.

Key questions answered

  • What improvements need to be made to the existing DPA offer?
  • How will the government's two consultations encourage FTTP deployment?

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  • Summary
  • Existing rollout plans should achieve 2025 target of reaching 15 million premises with FTTP, but 2033 target seems less likely
  • Under new arrangements, landlords could be obliged to respond to operator requests to access properties
  • Several challenges have been identified regarding rolling out FTTP, which could be solved through greater collaboration


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