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BT to roll out 100Mb/s broadband


BT has revealed plans to more than double the availability of its fastest broadband service.

The company now plans to deliver speeds of up to 100 megabits per second to around 2.5 million UK homes and businesses using fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) technology.

BT had originally planned to roll out FTTP to approximately one million premises – within its overall plan to reach c.10 million homes with fibre by 2012 – with the remaining homes receiving fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) services (which will deliver initial speeds of up to 40Mb/s).

BT will now deploy FTTP in some areas where copper services are already available whereas initially FTTP was to be deployed in new build sites only.

The roll out of fibre services has begun and BT has confirmed that 1.5 million homes will have access by next summer.

Steve Robertson, CEO of Openreach, the part of BT responsible for deploying the technology said, “This development shows that we are determined to bring world-leading broadband speeds to UK homes and businesses. Service providers have asked us for more FTTP and so we have listened to them. The UK already leads the world when it comes to broadband availability and today’s announcement will help the UK climb the speed league tables as well. The UK is well placed but we need to invest for the future so that customers can access the rich applications that will be popular in a few years time.”

Today’s announcement closely follows Openreach’s selection of 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 100Mb/s by March 2010.

Written by DTG Team

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