On March 21, 2019, the UK network operator, Openreach, launched a consultation over switching off its copper network. The consultation seeks input on three key areas, outlines several guiding principles, and runs until May 3, 2019.
- The continued reliance over many years by incumbent operators on copper, rather than investing in FTTP networks, is a barrier to achieving the transition from legacy copper networks to full-fiber infrastructure.
Features and Benefits
- Outlines Openreach's consultation on switching off its copper network.
- Identifies key challenges faced by network operators in transitioning away from a copper network toward a full-fiber network.
Key questions answered
- How does the UK's approach to switching off the PSTN compare to the rest of Europe?
- What approach should network operators take in their migration strategies?
Table of contents
Retiring the copper network must coincide with the rollout of fiber to reduce the impact on customers
Reliance on copper is a major factor in delaying the switch-off in the UK
Migration to full fiber works best when customers choose the service voluntarily