White paper from Geo – a company who design and build private fibre networks. Their introduction is as follows:
We believe that policy and regulatory intervention in true NGA should focus on long life fixed infrastructure rather than short life active technology investments. This is analogous to prioritising the building of infrastructure such as roads in preference to subsidising the latest generation of cars or lorries. Optical fibre and its related infrastructure is completely service agnostic; it is capable of transmitting the widest possible range of digital and analogue signals, even radio frequencies and there is no comparable technology known to the global scientific community. Investing in a future proofed fibre network will create a long life asset with the greatest flexibility and choice regarding service, symmetry, latency and reliability, allowing active products to change and upgrade in line with market and technology developments, evolving user expectations and patterns of use.