BT Fibre Broadband Adds1.2m Premises

| February 13, 2013 | Reply
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In a recent announcement, 1.2 million homes and businesses will now gain vital access to BT’s fibre broadband network.

This roll-out is expected to cost approximately £2.5bn and is planned to bring this technology to 66% of the population by the end of spring 2014.

There’s a phase running at the moment where a planned 19 million will have access to the network that is working to the exact same deadline.

You probably haven’t noticed the multiple exchanges in your town or city. However, BT plans to update a total of 99 exchanges with fibre connectivity over the next year, which will mostly be across North West of England, North East, the Midlands and Scotland bringing 600,000 homes and business access.

BT admitted “current network topography and the economics of deployment” – i.e. whether it is economically viable for BT to pay to roll out to rural areas with fewer customers – would mean not everyone connected to the exchanges could get fibre.

The other 600,000 premises will come from “infill work” to bring already announced locations up to scratch with BT’s latest technology.

“The UK is making great progress with superfast broadband and this latest phase of work will keep up the momentum,” said Mike Galvin, managing director of next-generation access at BT Openreach.

“I am sure that communities across the UK will be pleased to see that they are factored into our commercial plans and I now look forward to working with councils to identify further areas that we can enable with their support.”

The network (once connected) will be BT’s will offer speeds varying  from up to 80Mbps for fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) deployments or up to 330Mbps for connections.

The government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) scheme is heavily supported by BT and is looking to bring superfast broadband to 90% of the UK by 2015.


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