BT has announced that it has now extended its fibre network to cover 10 million premises across the UK.
The firm notes that it had set the target of achieving that milestone by the end of the year, so it’s half a year ahead of schedule.
However, rival Virgin Media’s fibre roll out is progressing at a faster pace, as the company hit the 10 million premise mark back in February.
BT’s overall schedule is to hook up two-thirds of the UK with fibre by the end of 2014, with an investment of £2.5 billion backing that goal, along with funds from the government’s broadband pot of course.
BT’s fibre-to-the-cabinet offers 80Mbps download and 20Mbps upload speeds, and fibre-to the-premises will begin to roll out in the spring of next year, with potential of 300Mbps speeds and above for those really serious about super-fast.
BT chief executive Ian Livingston commented: “Our engineers have worked tirelessly this past year and BT has made a real commitment to the UK’s infrastructure. Rolling out fibre is no easy task and so to have passed ten million premises in such a short time is fantastic. Our roll-out is one of the fastest in the world and our engineers deserve lots of credit.”
“The UK is making great progress with fibre broadband. There are more than half a million customers already using the service and more than 60 ISPs trialling or offering services. This is a significant achievement given we only began selling services a couple of years ago. Momentum is building in the market and that can only be good for Broadband Britain. We already compare very well to other major European economies and given our plans, the UK can sprint ahead in the future.”