Re: For 2025 read 2075
> Running a fibre link for miles to serve a single house makes very little economic sense.
Except this article isn't about replacing copper with fibre: it's about withdrawing analogue telephony services over the copper. The copper can still be used to deliver data services: FTTC (from the cabinet) or ADSL (from the exchange). Voice will become VOIP over that. That's what's being talked about for 2025, no more.
In a completely unrelated development, Boris said we should move forward the aspirational target for replacing copper with fibre* from 2033 to 2025. That one will almost certainly go out of the window as undeliverable. If we get to even 50% fibre coverage by 2025 it would be a huge achievement.
*He's already watered down "fibre" to "gigabit-capable". That's so that properties covered by Virgin Media will count, once they've upgraded to DOCSIS 3.1.
Aside: as for whether running fibre for miles to serve a single house makes sense: fibre is cheaper to buy than copper, fails less often, doesn't need those pesky powered street cabinets, and allows customers to buy higher speed (and hence more expensive) services. So in the end, yes it will make sense: but when there's existing copper, the payback period for upgrading could be long.