There has been no shortage of news in the fibre world in the last two years and this is set to continue.
Beyond the reports of intensified infrastructure investments being poured into the sector, the building of the network in the UK is accelerating.
In the future world of ubiquitous connectivity that 5G requires, fibre is a key ingredient to enable such connectivity. It will be part of a wider ecosystem of infrastructure from satellite to off the pole technology for sure but it is a key link.
The fibre roll out is not coming without challenges... sometimes as mundane as access codes to buildings being changed without notice.
The cost of building in rural areas is borderline prohibitive from an investment viewpoint, one issue which the government is proposing to tackle with incentives, the precise nature of which is yet to see. But as the Salisbury's example shows, building in city areas (especially in historical parts of cities) present technical challenges too, which can slow down the process (at a cost one imagines).
Yet, brick by brick, the fibre network is being built and this benefits not just home users but more importantly businesses which rely increasingly on digitalisation to operate. And since 5G will be most revolutionary for businesses, this is good news indeed.
By the end of March, Salisbury will become the first city in the UK that BT has fully fitted out with a full-fibre network, bringing the number of homes and businesses nationwide with access to ultrafast broadband to 2.5m.