BT has hinted that it might consider investing in a £10bn optical broadband network that operates between 50 and 100 megabytes. Ian Livingstone, head of BT's retail division, told the Financial Times that the company would discuss the possibility of investing in a new network with governments and regulators in November and December.
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The news comes days after Stephen Timms, minister for competitiveness, announced that the UK is seriously lagging behind other European countries on broadband speeds and that more was going to be done to bring Britain up to speed.
Mr Livingston told the FT, "We are talking about both fibre to the node and fibre to home.