BT to double high-speed broadband reach

Further fast fibre

The service will use fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) technology, which will be upgradeable to 1Gbit/s. The company says 1.5 million homes will have access to the service by next summer.

BT had originally planned to roll out FTTP to approximately one million premises, as part of a plan to reach around 10 million homes with fibre by 2012. The remaining homes were due to get fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) services that would deliver initial speeds of up to 40Mbit/s. BT will now deploy FTTP in some areas where copper services are already available, taking the service beyond the new-build areas to which the company had originally planned to give priority.

The company says it ahead of its commercial targets for the introduction of fibre-based services, allowing it to reach more premises within its planned investment of £1.5bn.

BT says its fibre network will be open to all communications providers on a fair and equal basis.

Steve Robertson, CEO of Openreach, said: “This development shows that we are determined to bring world-leading broadband speeds to UK homes and businesses.”

BT Openreach has recently chosen Bradwell Abbey in Milton Keynes and Highams Park, London, as the first brownfield trial sites for FTTP. Up to 20,000 homes and businesses in each area will receive speeds of up to 100Mbit/s by March 2010.

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