Next Generation Access - a Strategy for Volume Deployment

Wednesday 9 March 2011

BCS London Office, First Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA

6pm (for 6:30pm start). Presentation finishes approx 7:30pm with Q&A. Networking until 8:30pm

Simon Fisher


  • Openreach and UK supply chain
  • Open Access FTTX Architectures and Generic Ethernet Access
  • FTTP and FTTC Trials and Pilots
  • The End User experience
  • Next Generation Access - a mixed economy model


BT's £2.5bn investment in super-fast broadband will deliver world class speeds of up to 100Mbit/s to two thirds of UK homes and premises by 2015. Openreach is responsible for providing the New Generation Access (NGA) optical fibre network that will enable Communications Providers to offer End Users innovative new high speed services and groundbreaking applications. The rollout of NGA is hugely important to the social and economic development of the UK and the communications industry.

The broadband speeds that NGA will enable will help people at home get quicker TV downloads, improved on line gaming, better High Definition services and Video Conferencing, as well as bringing real benefits for all businesses, giving them all a “big business fibre capability”, with better two way speeds allowing collaboration across locations between customers and suppliers; plus improved flexibility in remote and home working. 

This presentation will focus on the two technologies bring this capability to the UK - Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) and Fibre to the Premises (FTTP). It will highlight the type and performance of the products that will be offered, and describe the Mixed Economy Strategy for rolling these out across the UK.


Simon Fisher graduated from Liverpool University with a degree in Electronics Engineering in 1986 and has since gone on to complete the BT MSc from London University. He initially worked in the design and manufacture of data transmission and multiplexer equipment, before joining BT Laboratories Access Transport Engineering Centre in 1989.

Since then he has worked on the feasibility, specification, trial and strategic planning of DSL and fibre technologies. Within BTexact Technologies Simon was responsible for a Unit specialising in the design, evaluation and implementation of Access fibre systems.

Simon joined Openreach’s Chief Engineer department in May 2006 as Principle Consultant for Strategic Network Design with responsibility for establishing the case for Fibre as part of Openreach’s New Generation Access Network (NGA). Following Openreach’s strategic commitment to the rollout of NGA in 2007 Simon has been central to the development of the NGA open access platform and its industrialisation to meet the requirements of Communications Providers on a UK deployment scale.

Presentation - Simon Fisher (PDF)