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On February 26, 2018, Ofcom issued a draft decision that includes a range of measures to boost investment in full-fiber networks, including quality-of-service targets and a proposal to halve the upfront cost of building full-fiber broadband networks.


  • Currently, full-fiber connectivity stands at only 3% of properties, but providers including Openreach have already committed to increasing full-fiber coverage to up to 6 million premises by 2020.

Features and Benefits

  • Evaluates Ofcom's proposed measures to encourage full-fiber investment
  • Compares the UK's full-fiber coverage against that of other EU countries.

Key questions answered

  • How does the UK's full-fiber coverage levels compare with that of other EU countries?
  • How can regulators encourage alternative operators to invest in their own fiber networks?

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  • Summary
  • Ofcom’s full-fiber measures are expected to cut upfront costs of laying fiber cables by 50%
  • Maintaining unregulated full-fiber pricing should encourage alternative operators to build their own networks
  • Nearly 5 million premises had superfast broadband by the end of 2017


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