Hyperoptic chief defends Kensington and Chelsea over BT rejection
Hyperoptic managing director Dana Tobak has defended the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's (RBKC's) decision to reject BT's fibre optic broadband rollout plans for the area.
The RBKC denied BT permission to install 108 street cabinets across the borough as part of the super-fast broadband deployment on the grounds that they would spoil the aesthetic of the area's listed buildings and historic streets.
This move resulted in the telecoms giant announcing that it had ditched plans to upgrade its broadband network in Kensington and Chelsea (K&C).
Speaking to the Register, Ms Tobak accused BT of "trying to vilify" the local authority for the decision, when in reality the company was simply not prepared to spend the money required to install the improved infrastructure underground.
In 20 years' time, there will be no need for street cabinets because the technology they deliver - fibre-to-the-cabinet - will be outdated, she claimed.
"BT is asking K&C to accept an interim solution because it is cheaper for them and K&C are, quite reasonably, saying 'no'," Ms Tobak added.
Explaining its decision, the RBKC pointed out that much of the borough is already covered by Virgin Media's super-fast broadband service.