Re: Does Dark Fibre Access Mean More Street Furniture ???
Street furniture? Probably not, or not in quantity. So I think it's unlikely it'll be mass-market/retail due to cost and hassle. Same with poles as that's a different set of PITA regarding access, plus boring bits like checking poles aren't rotted, safe splicing at height regs. Plus the fibre's more expensive than duct-friendly 'blow me' fibres. Plus the benefit of dark fibre is being able to run it at your own speed, so I'd want to be using it for PoP or backbone connections, ideally via in-span interconnects. Which means digging up roads to install chambers. Or smaller digs because for popular destinations, there's a high probability of BT chamber being near a competitors.
Which of course is why BT doesn't want this. Councils might, because it could mean less roadworks for civils to build parallel intfrastructure.
Focusing on lucrative areas? Of course. That's where the money is. Although depending on how the product ends up, it could mean OLOs can justify a business case to PoP smaller towns. Or if there's some high-bandwidth anchor customers that could justify the cost. For retail, it'd be a harder business case, ie trying to service the £9.95/month or less customer with a decent 1Gbps+ product.