What you need to know about wireless internet in the UK
Updated October 23, 2018 11:21:08Updated October 25, 2018 09:29:47A major telecoms watchdog has slammed the “lack of transparency” surrounding the rollout of wireless internet access in the country.
The National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout is due to start in November and the regulator’s annual report (ARN) has warned that “broadband is becoming a reality” in the EU.
But in a submission to the ARN’s review of the rollout, the UK’s largest telecoms regulator said that it had “no idea” when the roll-out will be complete.
“As the UK has one of the world’s lowest population densities, we have not been able to assess the impact of the roll out to our customers and the extent to which it will have a significant impact on network congestion,” the NBN Regulatory Commission (NRC) said in the report.
“The impact of this will depend on the scale of deployment and the level of user demand, as well as the extent of the customer choice and the speed at which the rollout is carried out.”NBN has not provided any information on how it is expected that the roll will proceed at a speed sufficient to meet customer demand and/or network congestion in the months to come.”NBN’s network is expected to be “full and fully operational” by the end of 2018, but the regulator warned that the rollout will not be “completely complete” until the second half of 2019.”
It will take time to achieve full and fully operation, but as NBN says, we are fully on track to achieve a fully operational rollout of our network by the middle of 2019,” it said.NBN, which is part of the Australian government’s national broadband network, was originally set up in 2012 to deliver high-speed fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband access to all UK households.
However, as NBN’s rollout has continued to expand, the company has struggled to deliver speeds that can compete with the best available in the developed world.
Last month, NBN said that the UK was “one of the most rapidly growing countries in the world”, but that “it remains to be seen” whether it will deliver the same speeds as its US counterpart.
The NRC said it had been unable to determine when NBN’s first fibre-optic network would be operational.”
We are concerned about the lack of transparency around the rollout,” it wrote.”
This could mean that NBN has not fully assessed the impact that the implementation of the NBN’s fibre network has on the UK market, or that it has not taken adequate measures to minimise congestion, delays and data bottlenecks.
“Nelson & Hoagland, which runs the network, has said it has no plans to roll out FTTP in the near future.