Needless to say, Lindsey Annison of Fibrevolution is involved.
- FTTH, 1 Gb/s symmetrical (and, depending on the electronics: more in the future);
- Aimed at Britain's 'final third': rural areas;
- Cost per home: GBP 1,000 at most, based on community co-operation;
- Financing through the issuance of shares; founding members invest a minimum of GBP 1,500; the Industrial and Provident Society (IPS), a non-profit, will own the network, shareholders are members; you can also earn a share by doing work for B4RN;
- Interested individuals outside the reach of the network can buy shares for a sum anywhere between GBP 100 and GBP 20,000;
- First year of service comes free (worth GBP 510);
- Normal price: GBP 150 connection fee plus a GBP 25 (excl. VAT) monthly fee;
- Femtocells may be added;
- B4RN will be the ISP, providing Ethernet IP; they are considering to provide access to other ISPs (using VLANs), but what's the point?
- Another Gigabit initiative, even in rural areas. Customer-owned is getting hot.
- Anyone can be a share owner.
- Will there be some form of co-operation with the Fujitsu initiative, that involves Virgin Media UK and TalkTalk?
- Just broadband + Internet access, no triple play. Over-the-top (OTT) services are recommended: a Gmail address, VoIP, YouView.
- Third-party ISPs could sign up to sell their well-known triple plays, it remains to be seen if this will be part of the plans.
- I wonder if they would be interested in speaking at our conference .....