Our network in a nutshell
The core of our business is the nationwide network of fibre optic and copper cables connecting homes and businesses together. Our fibre network continues growing rapidly with about 1,761,000 fixed line connections and 1,223,000 broadband connections.
Our cables typically connect back to local telephone exchanges, of which we have about 600 nationwide. Our fibre also connects many mobile phone towers owned by mobile service providers, so even mobile phone calls generally connect via our network at some point.
About 7,000 cabinets provide interconnection points for around 50% of the lines in our network. A large number of these cabinets are like mini telephone exchanges with electronic broadband equipment installed.
Some broadband providers (our customers) install their own broadband equipment in our exchanges and pay us for the rental of the access line. This is called ‘unbundling’ and makes up about 7% of our lines.