Belgium Considers FTTH Plans

Be_dp Belgian Minister Vincent Van Quickenborne has announced a 30-step plan to put Belgium on the ICT map. This includes such things as ensuring every schoolchild owns a laptop starting when they are 6 years old and… encouraging FTTH.

There isn't much that's tangible for now, with the exception of one measure: every new building (residential or business) will, starting 2010, need to be equipped with fiber. For the rest, the minister is "confident in the market to bring FTTH and LTE".

Sounds like a certain amount of wishful thinking there. Having said that, if every country in Europe imposed for all new buildings to be fibered up and made it mandatory for all roadworks everywhere to include laying down telecom ducts, FTTH would be much cheaper to deploy and much faster to emerge…