BT Openreach has announced that it is going to fibre up a further 163 exchanges across the UK.
However, the firm failed to specify exactly which exchanges would benefit, only stating that the locations would be spread across the UK, from Devon on the south coast up to Kilbirnie in Scotland.
The exchanges will go live with a mix of FTTC (fibre-to-the-cabinet) and FTTP (to the premises) throughout 2013, but it will be mostly FTTC. All this is part of BT’s grand £2.5 billion fibre roll-out, which is also being considerably augmented by government cash, and aims to hook two-thirds of the UK up to fibre before 2014 is out.
11 million premises now have fibre access in the UK, and this section of the roll out will add a further million.
FTTC now offers speeds of up to 80Mbps in terms of downloads, and 20Mbps uploads. FTTP, where it’s available, pushes that up to a theoretical 330Mbps.
Mike Galvin, Openreach MD Network Investment said: “Our roll-out of fibre continues apace, with more than 11 million homes currently having access to the many benefits this technology can deliver.”
“Today’s announcement shows that we are well into our journey to bring fibre to two-thirds of the UK by the end of 2014. We have now announced the bulk of the exchanges we will be deploying fibre to under our own steam but we are keen to go even further with the help of BDUK funding. We will continue to engage with local government and communities to try and give as many people as possible access to the benefits of fibre broadband.”