UKFCF looks to work with the property sector to help deliver full fibre UK

The UK Fibre Connectivity Forum (UKFCF) is looking to collaborate with construction firms, property developers, planners and landlords to drive efficiencies into delivering on the government’s targets to be gigabit capable by 2025.

There is a seismic shift in the connectivity market. Now that the switch to full fibre from the ageing copper network is proposed for 2027, the race is on to ensure that all corners of the UK have gigabit capable broadband services available. With a number of government drivers and initiatives to support this including funding, as well as legislative change around easier access to properties, and the introduction of a ‘new build ombudsman’ which will cover broadband speeds; there has never been a better opportunity to work together to build faster and more efficiently.

Askar Sheibani, Chair of UKFCF and CEO of the Comtek Group said: “The mission of the UK Fibre Connectivity Forum is to make it easier for our industry to deliver full fibre by collaborating and sharing best practice. This move is simply an extension of this ethos across sectors, as we can see how important it is to drive efficiencies across the board if we are to meet the government’s goals.”

Daren Baythorpe, UKFCF board member and CEO of network operator ITS said: “We really believe that it’s important that we work together with the property sector, sharing our collective expertise. Connectivity is the fourth utility, and whatever the purpose of a building, whoever occupies it will expect it in the same way they demand water, electricity or gas. It benefits everyone – developers, landlords, tenants, owner occupiers, the network operators building the infrastructure, as well as service providers. It will drive down the cost of deployment, ensure connectivity is delivered where it is needed, and at pace.”

Rob Chambers, UKCFC board member and MD of Total Telecom said: “We run the biggest annual connectivity conference in the UK, Connected Britain, that brings together organisations from across the industry and public sector. It is our hope that we can reach out to the property sector so we can all be in the same room as it were, so we can move infrastructure deployment to the next level.”

UKFCF has produced a webinar which can be found here, to explain more about its property full fibre drive. It is asking organisations working in the property sector to get in touch. To find out more contact forum coordinator Steph Roberts at steph.roberts@ukfcf.org.uk.

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About the UKFCF

The UK Fibre Connectivity Forum (UKFCF) is an association of interested parties striving for full fibre connectivity and 5G across the UK. This includes fibre network and mobile operators, fibre and civil construction companies, investors, infrastructure companies and subject matter experts, as well as local and national government departments. The Forum’s vision is to establish full fibre connectivity across all parts of the UK for both commercial and residential purposes. This will be high speed and affordable and delivered on a level playing field for all stakeholders.

UKFCF hosts regular events providing a discussion platform and networking opportunities for delegates. To be added to the events mailing list please contact info@ukfcf.org.uk