Minister cuts ribbon on Herts village fibre

Minister cuts ribbon on Herts village fibre

Summary: Launching Vtesse's high-speed broadband service in Birch Green, communications minister Ed Vaizey gave his opinions on net neutrality and the Digital Economy Act, but knew nothing about Acta


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  • Vtesse's new cabinet sits right next to BT's ageing copper infrastructure cabinet. The new cabinet takes connectivity from Hertford town centre, through which Vtesse's fibre network runs.

    The Birch Green deployment is the company's second in Hertfordshire. Vtesse already has two similar deployments in Cornwall. It also has plans to do a higher-speed fibre-to-the-home rollout in Broughton in Cambridgeshire, as that village sits directly on top of the company's existing network.

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  • According to Aidan Paul, the chief executive of Vtesse Networks (pictured above), the company's new cabinet can serve around 120 houses in a 3km radius.

    Asked how the economics of this deployment worked, he said they did not. Asked whether the deployment was an attempt to put pressure on the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to get BT to make it cheaper for smaller rivals to use BT's infrastructure in rural areas, he replied: "That's the point of all of this".

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  • The ribbon-cutting ceremony was a very British affair, complete with scones and pouring rain.

    Vtesse's service actually went live a few weeks ago, despite the fact that the company said Vaizey "officially switched it on" on Tuesday. Around a dozen customers already use it.

    Photo credit: David Meyer

Topics: Broadband, Networking

David Meyer

About David Meyer

David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist. He fell into journalism when he realised his musical career wouldn't pay the bills. David's main focus is on communications, as well as internet technologies, regulation and mobile devices.

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  • Great stuff, vtesse going where BT fear to tread, into the final third. I hope Ed listens to Aidan because he doesn't half have some good ideas for the NGA solution. Unlike the incumbent he doesn't just fall over when things get tough.
  • "Vaizey surprised many of those present by saying he had never heard of Acta, the global copyright treaty being negotiated behind closed doors."

    Time for him to earn he's keep then eh.