How can I retrofit my building with fibre broadband at zero cost?
Three million homes now have access to full fibre connectivity in the UK, according to a recent article in the BBC.
However, with over 25 million homes in the country, there is still a long way to go. There are still 155,000 rural homes that are not able to access these services, according to a recent Ofcom report.
The reason that it is so slow getting fibre services to existing homes is the cost of digging up roads and running new cables. It is a very costly business as the UK network was historically built on the old copper telephone network.
It is also a specialist area and fraught with risk that a lot of companies don’t have either the required skills and knowledge as well as the appetite as it is no small task.
This also leads to another challenge in that Openreach has the country’s largest network and a lot of providers rely on this network to deliver their services to their customers. So where there is no Openreach infrastructure, new networks have to be built which is where there is a small number of ‘altnets’, Alternative Network Providers, who have raised investment to build networks in specific and niche areas – rural areas for example.
At ClearFibre, we are uniquely placed in that we have an inhouse team of specialists and experts who can very quickly build networks anywhere in the UK. We do this tactically and strategically both by using the Openreach network, which requires special approval, and we are also building our own national network.
The residential challenges
ClearFibre is part of the Telcom Group. Telcom’s main focus is commercial real estate and ClearFibre’s focus is solely the residential sector. Why a focus on the residential sector specifically?
If you think about the main providers in the UK, the problems we find from our customers who use these services are:
- You are never guaranteed the speeds you see advertised and up speed is much slower than down speed, why? (Do a speed test and try it for yourself)
- Services are very rarely ready the day you move in (waits can be up to days or weeks in some cases before connection)
- You need to wait in for an engineer to attend your home most of the time (most of us don’t have that time)
- When things go wrong, you’re never guaranteed a fix or a time to fix or even answer our phone calls in time (this costs us in phone charges and time)
- Broadband services aren’t cheap (not everyone can afford these services)
We have a cutting-edge fibre design that is both easy to install and low cost for existing buildings that need to be retrofitted for ultrafast fibre to the home internet.
Not many companies can or want to do this because again, without the specialist expertise and knowledge, it can be costly and ruin your brand and reputation if done wrong.
So what is the answer?
We don’t have all the answers, however, we are making great ground and we are ahead of the curve when it comes to innovation, creativity and technology in our industry.
We are continuing to look at ways of removing the barriers of entry to gaining the best quality of internet services that offer real value for money and what runs through our business is transparency.
So cut the bull Paul, what does that actually mean? It means we do exactly what it says on the tin:
- We guaranteed our speeds. You get 250Mbps to 1Gbps, both upload and download speeds, to each of your homes
- Our services are always ready from the day the resident moves into their new home
- No need to wait for an engineer, it’s all installed and working before you move in
- When things go wrong, your call is answered in under 60 seconds and we can fix things remotely from our Manchester Service Desk
- Our services are affordable to everybody, with contract and pay as you go options available
The internet is increasingly crucial now that people will be starting to work from home more and more. We have a duty of care to stop people missing out.
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