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By: MarkJ - 12 December, 2011 (9:07 AM)
BT UK superfast fibre optic broadband cable rolloutbt openreach logoBTOpenreach, which works to provide all ISPs with equality of access to the "last mile" of BT's local UK telecoms network, has today revealed the next batch of 178 telephone exchange upgrades for its superfast 'up to' 40Mbps Fibre-to-the-Cabinet ( FTTC ) and 100Mbps Fibre-to-the-Premises ( FTTP ) based internet access technologies.

The new list (phases 8a, 8b and 9a), when taken by itself, will cover more than 1.8 million homes and businesses (premises). The majority of the 178 new exchanges will be enabled in 2012 and, once completed, should represent about 80% of BT's "commercial fibre footprint". This footprint aims to cover 66% of UK premises by the end of 2015 2014.

Olivia Garfield, CEO of BTOpenreach, said:

"We continue to make tremendous strides with our fibre programme. Super-fast broadband is already within reach of more than six million premises today and we are on track to pass ten million premises next year [ISPr ED: 40% coverage of UK homes].

Our ambitions do not stop there. We will make fibre available to two thirds of UK premises by the end of 2014 and we want to go even further. It is important that as many premises as possible have access to fibre and so we will bid for the BDUK funds that are available.

Our experience in deploying fibre networks at scale and the fact that our open, wholesale network allows competition to thrive in an area makes Openreach an ideal partner for these local/regional broadband initiatives."

It's worth pointing out that 17 of the new locations are in Cornwall, which will be upgraded to "fibre" as part of the Superfast Cornwall project. The total list of 161 exchanges (minus Cornwall's 17) can be found below.
BT TELEPHONE EXCHANGE
ABERDEEN BALGOWNIE - Scotland
ABERDEEN KINCORTH - Scotland
ABERDEEN LOCHNAGAR - Scotland
ABERDEEN PORTLETHEN - Scotland
ABERDEEN WEST - Scotland
ABERGAVENNY - Wales
AINTREE - North West
ALLOA - Scotland
ARBROATH - Scotland
ARDROSSAN- SALTCOATS - Scotland
ARDWICK - North West
ARKWRIGHT - East Midlands
ARNOLD - East Midlands
ASHINGTON; NORTHUMBERLAND - North East
ASHTON-IN-MAKERFIELD - North West
BARGOED - Wales
BARNWOOD - South West
BASSETT - South East
BEDMINSTER - South West
BILSTON - West Midlands
BISHOPSWORTH - South West
BLYTH; NORTHUMBERLAND - North East
BOOTLE; MERSEYSIDE - North West
BOROUGH GREEN - South East
BOURNE - East Midlands
BRAUNSTONE - East Midlands
BRIDGERULE - South West
BRIERLEY HILL - West Midlands
BRIGG - Yorkshire and The Humber
BRITON FERRY - Wales
BULWELL - East Midlands
CAERLEON - Wales
CHICHESTER - South East
CHURCHTOWN - North West
CIRENCESTER - South West
CLEVELEYS - North West
CONSETT - North East
COSHAM - South East
COWES - South East
CROSSGATES - Yorkshire and The Humber
DALTON-IN-FURNESS - North West
DE- FAIRMUIR DE- - Scotland
DEVONPORT - South West
DEWSBURY - Yorkshire and The Humber
DORCHESTER - South West
DRIFFIELD - Yorkshire and The Humber
DRINGHOUSES - Yorkshire and The Humber
DUMBARTON - Scotland
DUMFRIES - Scotland
DUNDEE BAXTER - Scotland
EASTBOURNE PEVENSEY MARINA - South East
EASTVILLE - South West
ECCLESFIELD - Yorkshire and The Humber
EDINBURGH ABBEYHILL - Scotland
EDINBURGH GRANTON - Scotland
EDINBURGH LEITH - Scotland
EDINBURGH LIBERTON - Scotland
EDINBURGH PORTOBELLO - Scotland
EDINBURGH SOUTH QUEENSFERRY - Scotland
EDINBURGH WESTER HAILES - Scotland
EMSWORTH - South East
EXMOUTH - South West
FAREHAM - South East
FARINGDON - South East
FERNWOOD - South West
FORDHOUSES - West Midlands
GAINSBOROUGH - East Midlands
GEDLING - East Midlands
GLASGOW BARRHEAD - Scotland
GLASGOW BELL - Scotland
GLASGOW CAMBUSLANG - Scotland
GLASGOW DOUGLAS - Scotland
GLASGOW IBROX - Scotland
GLASGOW POLLOK - Scotland
GLASGOW SOUTH - Scotland
GLASGOW SPRINGBURN - Scotland
GLOUCESTER - South West
GOREBRIDGE - Scotland
GRANTHAM - East Midlands
GREAT CROSBY - North West
GREENOCK - Scotland
HAVANT - South East
HEMSWORTH - Yorkshire and The Humber
HENBURY - South West
HEREFORD - West Midlands
HESKETH BANK - North West
HIGHWAY - West Midlands
HINDLEY - North West
HOOK - South East
HORBURY/ OSSETT - Yorkshire and The Humber
HORSELEY FIELDS - West Midlands
HUCKNALL - East Midlands
HUNSLET - Yorkshire and The Humber
HUYTON - North West
ILKESTON - East Midlands
KEIGHLEY - Yorkshire and The Humber
KENDAL - North West
KETTERING - East Midlands
KILMARNOCK - Scotland
KINGSWOOD - South West
KIRKCALDY - Scotland
LEICESTER - East Midlands
LEVEN; FIFE - Scotland
LIVINGSTON - Scotland
LLANDAFF - Wales
LOUTH - East Midlands
LYE - West Midlands
LYMINGTON - South East
MANSFIELD - East Midlands
MIDLAND - West Midlands
MOLD - Wales
MONTFORT - East Midlands
MORRISTON - Wales
NEW MILTON - South East
NEWARK - East Midlands
NEWBRIDGE; GWENT - Wales
NEWCASTLE- UNDER-LYME - West Midlands
NEWPORT; GWENT - Wales
NEWPORT; ISLE OF WHITE - South East
NEWTON ABBOT - South West
NORTHALLERTON - Yorkshire and The Humber
PENN; WEST MIDLANDS - West Midlands
PETERLEE - North East
PONTYPOOL - Wales
PONTYPRIDD - Wales
POOLE - South West
PRESTATYN - Wales
RETFORD - East Midlands
ROATH - Wales
RYDE - South East
SCARBOROUGH - Yorkshire and The Humber
SCUNTHORPE - Yorkshire and The Humber
SELBY - Yorkshire and The Humber
SILEBY - East Midlands
SKELMANTHORPE - Yorkshire and The Humber
SKETTY - Wales
SMALLBROOK - West Midlands
SOUTH ELMSALL - Yorkshire and The Humber
SOUTH SHIELDS - North East
SPALDING MARKET - East Midlands
ST. BARNABAS - East Midlands
ST. HELENS - North West
STANLEY; CO DURHAM - North East
STOKESLEY - Yorkshire and The Humber
STONEHAVEN - Scotland
STOURBRIDGE - West Midlands
SUTTON IN ASHFIELD - East Midlands
TEIGNMOUTH - South West
TELFORD WELLINGTON - West Midlands
TEWKESBURY - South West
TOLL BAR - West Midlands
TONYPANDY - Wales
WALLSEND - North East
WESTON- SUPER- MARE - South West
WICKERSLEY - Yorkshire and The Humber
WIDNES - North West
WIGAN - North West
WOODHOUSE - Yorkshire and The Humber
WREXHAM - Wales
YEOVIL - South West
BOLDON - Yorkshire and The Humber
BT is currently investing £2.5bn into its national UK deployment of fibre optic broadband services. A number of UK ISPs are already offering superfast FTTC based broadband services, although BT-Infinity and PlusNet are two of the cheapest with prices that start from just £16.49 a month.

It's worth pointing out that the top speed of BT's FTTC technology will be boosted from 40Mbps to 80Mbps over the coming months. In additional BT recently launched its new truly fibre optic 100Mbps FTTP technology, which will also see a speed boost up to 300Mbps in 2012 (FTTP commercial launch details).
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

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