UK-based alternative providers TalkTalk and British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) are going to launch a 3,600-home Fiber to the Home (FTTH) trial in North West London.
As a joint research & development (R&D) project, the two service providers view the trial as a way to get a handle on the technical and commercial elements of BT Openreach's (NYSE: BT) FTTH rollout.
Already leveraging BT Openreach's Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) wholesale service to deliver 40 Mbps VDSL2 service to consumers, TalkTalk thinks the R&D program will enable it to more effectively provide relevant feedback to BT Openreach as moves its FTTH program forward.
As the next logical step in its own broadband service evolution, TalkTalk will used the R&D exercise to understand how to craft service packages, subscriber activation, usage patterns and delivery costs.
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