|Long-Term Economic Indicators: Fibre Futures|
|Written by David Brunnen|
|Wednesday, 18 February 2015 14:43|
Long-term predictions are notoriously difficult.
A marathon is long enough for the finishers to be spread over several hours.
A race that is spread over a decade or two inevitably results in even greater variance.
But this is not any conventional race – for two reasons.
Firstly, what is at stake is economic and societal wellbeing. So this isn’t a race to be ignored.
Secondly, the race started some time ago. Unfortunately the UK has not yet turned up at the starting line and shows little sign of getting ready to run.
The latest reports of this race – the ‘Race to Fibre Maturity’ – are shown in the graphic below. ‘Fibre Maturity’ is not really the end of the race – it is merely that stage when the runners will reach the 20% mark. At that point, 1 in 5 buildings (households and businesses) will enjoy fully-fibred future-proofed symmetric digital connectivity.
By the time the UK gets to that point the front-runners will be well out of sight. Advanced countries will be . . . more advanced.
Question: Does this really matter?
It matters if:
It really doesn’t matter:
Let us assume that China, USA, Russia, Canada and Japan have all gotten this wrong.
Say we assume that they are all wasting their money on building future-proofed digital infrastructures.
Let us suppose that even Germany will stay the course and resist the deviant digital direction chosen by France, Spain, Sweden, Netherlands . . . . . in fact by around 23 of the EU’s 28 nations.
That, I suggest, is a fairly big bet on economic futures.
But then, as their Lordships reported yesterday, we are already falling behind with insufficient digital skills.
Note to policymakers: Any chance we can keep the lid on demand?
* Defined as 20% Household Fibre Penetration. Extract from presentation at FTTH2015, Warsaw
|Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2015 19:15|