Fibre to the home (FTTH) networks are expected to play a key role in meeting the European Commission’s Digital Agenda targets for roll-out and take up of ultra-fast broadband by 2020. However, to date deployment of such networks has been limited. This is not surprising, as significant sunk cost and substantial uncertainty make the business case for investing in fibre challenging. With a potentially very strong public policy case for migrating from copper to fibre access networks, there is an intense debate about what policy makers might do to promote such investment.
DotEcon has prepared a report for the Fibre to the Home Council Europe that examines how regulatory policy could support
investment in fibre access networks, both in terms of applying the existing regulatory framework in the most
conducive manner and pursuing additional policy options that would promote such investment.
The full report has been published by the Fibre to the Home Council Europe and is available to download here. Slides presented at an FTTH webinar introducing the report are available here.
The 2013 FTTH Conference “Celebrating a Brighter Future” will be held in London from 19 – 21 February. For more information, see the Conference website.