BT Openreach has announced that it is to roll out fibre to 98 more UK exchanges, which are scheduled to be enabled later in 2013.
This latest slab of exchanges is part of BT’s £2.5 billion spend on fibre roll out, and they encompass the entire country, from Sandown in the Isle of Wight, to Oban in Scotland.
BT notes that this will add another 800,000 homes and business premises to the list of those which will be able to order fibre. Two-thirds of the UK should be wired for fibre from BT by the close of 2014.
As to what sort of fibre we’re talking about, it’s a mix of fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) and fibre direct to the premise (FTTP), although it’s likely to be most FTTC. Even so, BT has doubled up FTTC speeds this year to 80Mbps downloads, and 20Mbps uploads, which is far from shabby.
FTTP offers 110Mbps speeds, and BT reckons it’ll be gunning up 330Mbps lines soon enough.
Mike Galvin, Openreach MD Network Investment, commented: “This is great news for 98 communities across the UK. Our roll-out of fibre continues apace, with over 10 million homes now having access to the many benefits this technology can deliver.”
“Today’s announcement brings us another important step closer towards our goal of providing this service to two-thirds of the UK by the end of 2014. We are keen to go beyond this with the help of BDUK funding and further engagement with local government and communities.”