BT Wholesale yesterday said it planned to almost double its copper-based 24Mbps broadband footprint to 20 million homes and businesses by spring 2011. It will also cut access charges to resellers to help them push the technology, it said.
BT Wholesale's current broadband service provides up to 8Mbps to 99% of UK homes. About 40% of UK homes and businesses can get higher speeds. The intended bigger footprint will boost broadband availability to 55% by spring 2010 and to around 75%, depending on customer demand, by spring 2011, BT said.
MD of BT Wholesale products Cameron Rejali said he planned to cut wholesale connection prices to internet service providers from January 2010 by almost 50%.
They will drop from £79.34 to £40.00 per Mbps per month. Rentals standardise at £5.88 (excluding VAT) per line per month across the enlarged footprint, a cut from £7.66 in some areas.