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November 16, 2010

BT reveals fibre race leaders

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by Darren Allan

BT’s Race to Infinity initiative kicked off at the start of October. If you’ve forgotten already, or missed this, the idea revolves around a website where people can vote for their exchange to be hooked up to next-gen fibre.

The five exchanges across the UK which show the strongest level of demand will be guaranteed to get super-fast broadband (a mix of fibre-to-the-cabinet and premises) by early 2012 at the latest.

So who’s leading the race at the halfway point (voting closes at the end of the year)? Caxton in Cambridgeshire and Malvern in Worcestershire are the first past the 1,000 vote mark.

As well as the top five towns getting fast tracked onto BT’s fibre scheme, the company is also “pledging to engage with any community not winning the competition where at least 75% of homes and businesses have voted for super-fast broadband.”

More than 200,000 votes have been cast in total thus far. BT reckons it will have hooked up 4 million premises to super-fast broadband by the end of this year, and aims to have upped that to 16 million come 2015 (covering two-thirds of the UK).

Next spring also marks the launch of the company’s 110Mbps fibre service. Rival fibre fanatic Virgin Media is about to roll out its 100Mbps service at the start of December.

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