Five million homes in rural Britain are set for super-fast broadband. Fujitsu has teamed up with Virgin Media, TalkTalk and Cisco to carry cable to the countryside in a new network that will serve areas other ISPs can't reach.
Fujitsu will build the fibre-optic broadband network, with Cisco handling the back end. Virgin Media and TalkTalk will then flog broadband to customers in rural areas, with the option open for other Internet service providers -- including local collectives such as-- to use the network too. Those involved will benefit from £530m earmarked by the government for super-fast broadband in rural areas.
Fujitsu reckons the network will send 1Gbps symmetric -- both to and from your computer -- right from the start, with the capacity to hit more than 10Gbps upload and download speeds in future. Fuji reckons the network will be "future-proofed for at least the next 20 to 30 years".
The network will run fibre-optic cabling all the way to your home (FTTH), rather than to the local street cabinet. That means you're far more likely to experience the high speeds promised in adverts, a hot topic at the moment afterfor promising maximum performance that bears no relation to real speeds.
Cabling will be independent of existing street cabinets, running cables along "a wide range of underground and overhead infrastructure", including phone and possibly. It's a completely separate network to BT Openreach's super-fast broadband, marketed as BT Infinity and also used by .
BT recently pointed out that some Welsh users wild in the country and in the comments.