Fujitsu's plan to develop a nationwide rural fibre broadband network may be fundamentally flawed, one technology commentator has suggested.
City AM commentator Steve Dineen said the project - which would see five million homes in the UK countryside equipped with super-fast broadband - could be thwarted by a lack of public funding.
He said Fujitsu was unlikely to receive the £500 million share of the government's £830 million rural broadband fund it is reportedly seeking to commit to the rural fibre rollout.
Mr Dineen said this fund will, in all probability, be distributed among a large number of local, community broadband projects.
In addition, the Fujitsu vision relies on BT reducing its wholesale duct and pole prices, which he claimed analysts are sceptical about.
"Finally, Fujitsu has remained tight-lipped on whether there will be a premium charged for people living in rural areas for the privilege of this network," Mr Dineen wrote.
"While the point of the project is to help remove the digital divide, this could risk erecting yet another barrier."