Telecoms operator BT
has today revealed the latest batch of 114 UK telephone exchanges that will soon be able to benefit from its latest superfast 'up to' 40Mbps Fibre-to-the-Cabinet
) and 100Mbps+ Fibre-to-the-Premises
) based internet access technologies.
The new Phase 8
list, taken by itself, would cover more than one million additional homes
and businesses. The majority of those listed below will be completed by Autumn 2012
and further upgrade locations are due to be announced over the coming months.
Mike Galvin, BTOpenreach's Managing Director for NGA, said:
"I am pleased to be able to reveal the latest locations where we will make fibre broadband available. Our roll out is one of the fastest in the world and we are on track to pass ten million homes and businesses next year before pushing on further.
Fibre broadband will transform peoples’ experience of the internet and so I am sure the residents and businesses in these areas will welcome the news. No other company is doing as much as Openreach to bring super-fast broadband to the UK.
We believe that the government’s support makes it possible to get fibre to ninety per cent of homes and so we will be engaging with Broadband Delivery UK
and local councils to offer our help and expertise. There is no substitute for experience when it comes to fibre deployment and we have more experience than anyone. We are also committed to offering open and equivalent access so that customers can benefit from a competitive market. Local monopolies benefit no-one and no public funds should go to supporting them."
BT is currently investing £2.5bn
in a national deployment of its "fibre optic
" based broadband services, which aims to reach 66% of homes and businesses by 2015
(some 40% will be covered next year). Several ISPs are already offering FTTC
based broadband services, although BT-Infinity
are two of the best value with prices that start from just £16.49 a month.
BT FTTx Telephone Exchange Upgrades (Autumn 2012)
CAISTER ON SEA
MIDDLETON, WEST SUSSEX
REDDITCH OLD TOWN
SOUTHWICK (SOUTH DOWNS)
also plans to boost the top download speed of its FTTC
service from 40Mbps (10-15Mbps uploads) to 80Mbps (20Mbps uploads) in 2012
, with work on the upgrades due to commence before the end of 2011 (original news
). Sadly there's no news on the commercial launch of BT's ultrafast 100Mbps+ FTTP
product, although we're still expecting it to happen before the start of next year.
Previous BT-FTTC/FTTP UK Exchange Rollout Updates
* March 2009 - 29 (FTTC) Exchanges
* July 2009 - 69 (FTTC) Exchanges
* January 2010 - 63 (FTTC) Exchanges
* March 2010 - 303 (FTTC) Exchanges
* September 2010 - 159 (FTTC/FTTP) Exchanges
* January 2011 - 41 (FTTC/FTTP) Exchanges
* April 2011 - 156 (FTTC/FTTP) Exchanges
* June 2011 - 66 (FTTC/FTTP) Exchanges