According to the NAO report the BDUK project has about 20% of the total project cost (at least on the framework contracts they'd examined) allocated for Other technical solutions (predominantly enabling fibre direct to premises) (see fig 11 on page 33).
This begs a question. If FTTP is to be used to reach some premises, as the NAO report implies, then a big issue arises over the wholesale pricing of the current Openreach FTTP-on-demand product. As it's currently priced, it's a premium product unsuited to domestic use, even if the installation costs are covered by BDUK. The wholesale rental price is simply prohibitive.
Of course the standard OR installation charges for FTTP-on-demand probably don't have too much relevance where it's used to connect multiple properties in a cluster, as it would clearly be a lot cheaper than doing one at a time.
Hence the question. If OR FTTP is to be used under BDUK as a solution for domestic properties, are there going to be wholesale products which broadly mirror the FTTC products in price and/or capability? Of course, it might just be that fibre-to-the-premises will be reserved for businesses that can afford the monthly rental.
Alternatively a fibre-to-the-node model could be adopted which matched the prices and technical capabilities of the normal FTTC products, but the NAO report is explicit in referring to mostly fibre to the premises.
So can anybody shed light on the issue of FTTP wholesale pricing under the BDUK framework agreements? No doubt domestic use of FTTP comes at the tail end of any project for the most difficult locations, but it is surely an issue that needs addressing.
(if I look under the superfast Cornwall site I find only reference to FTTP on demand).