It is true Openreach are currently rolling out fibre to the cabinet in most areas (in fact our cabinet has only just be enabled last month and I live in central London) from what I understand a good copper connection to the cabinet is required for VDSL to work correctly. The chances of fibre to the premises in our area, apart from to the larger business is decades away. Parts of London still have aluminium cable in use for home users. Line rental has always been a bone of contention since the days of the GPO telephone service and the early days of BT before privatisation. In the 1950's it cost £50 to have a telephone line installed, which I believe rose to £250 in the late 1980's.The government had taken the profits for years, but as with the railways failed in invest in the infrastructure. All privatisation has done with regard the cables from our homes to the exchange, has replaced a government monopoly with a private monopoly. After privatisation BT failed to put sufficient money into the infrastructure or keep the pension fund in surplus as it was inherited, and until recently failed to keep the apprentice scheme going which had produced some of the finest telecoms engineers in the world. (that is why we have become reliant on poorly trained engineers from other countries) they have used the copper infrastructure as a milk cow to pay inflated bonuses to executives and shareholder, and exorbitant salaries and expenses to the board and non executive directors. The average monthly charge for line rental at just under £19 is amongst the highest in Europe. it is true on the surface the broadband cost may appear lower than some of our European neighbours but the comparison is often not like for like eg in Lithuania the average speed of broadband is over 200Mbts.
Edited by rego (Sat 25-Feb-17 09:44:54)