BT announces 98 further fibre broadband exchanges

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BT announces 98 further fibre broadband exchanges

Jennifer Scott

BT is to roll out fibre broadband to a further 98 exchanges across the UK as part of its £2.5bn investment into broadband infrastructure.

The company claimed the extension of its network would enable nearly 800,000 homes and businesses to access connections of up to 80Mbps download and 20Mbps upload, and help BT achieve its goal of reaching two-thirds of the population with its broadband infrastructure by 2014.

Mike Galvin, managing director of network investment at BT Openreach – the division in charge of the roll-out – said: “This is great news for 98 communities across the UK. Our roll-out of fibre continues apace, with over 10 million homes now having access to the many benefits this technology can deliver.”

Galvin said the company was “keen to go beyond” its 2014 target, but admitted it would need the help of funding from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ (BIS’) broadband fund – known as BDUK – as well as “further engagement with local government and communities.”

Some remote locations have been included on the latest list, such as the seaside resort of Sandown on the Isle of Wight and Staffordshire village Stone. However, it also includes boosts to city broadband, with one more exchange in both Bristol and Edinburgh, and an extra two in Glasgow.

To adhere to Ofcom regulations, the lines will be opened up for wholesale reselling to rival ISPs to run their internet offerings, and to enable connections of either fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) or fibre to the premises (FTTP) to the surrounding area.

If FTTP is adopted by ISPs, the speed of connections will rise from 80Mbps downloads to 110Mbps, with the possibility of 330Mbps depending on what service providers choose to deliver.

The exchanges will be enabled with the new connectivity by late 2013.  

 

Locations included in today’s announcement:

ADEL

West Yorkshire

ALDRIDGE

West Midlands

ALEXANDRIA

Strathclyde

ARMADALE

West Lothian

ASHBOURNE

Derbyshire

ATHERTON

Greater Manchester

AYLESTONE

Leicestershire

BEAUMONT

Leicestershire

BEESTON

Nottinghamshire

BELGRAVE

Leicestershire

BERWICK

Northumberland

BIDEFORD

Devon

BLANTYRE

South Lanarkshire

BOLSOVER

Derbyshire

BOSTON

Lincolnshire

BRECHIN

Angus

BRIDGNORTH

Shropshire

BURGHFIELD COMMON

Berkshire

BURNHAM-ON-SEA

Somerset

BURSLEM

Staffordshire

CALTHORPE

West Midlands

CARLUKE

South Lanarkshire

CASTLE BROMWICH

West Midlands

CHALFONT DR.

Nottinghamshire

CHALFONT ST GILES

Buckinghamshire

CHAPELTOWN

West Yorkshire

CHEYLESMORE

West Midlands

CHIPPING NORTON

Oxfordshire

CHURSTON

Devon

CORSHAM

Wiltshire

CULVERHOUSE

Caerdydd - Cardiff

CUMNOCK

East Ayrshire

CWMBRAN

Tor-faen - Torfaen

DAUBHILL

Greater Manchester

DENTON BURN

Tyne and Wear

DRUIDS HEATH

West Midlands

DUNBAR

East Lothian

DUNCHURCH

Warwickshire

EDINBURGH MAYBURY

City of Edinburgh

FARNINGHAM

Kent

GLASGOW CRANHILL

Glasgow City

GLASGOW SHETTLESTON

Glasgow City

GLASGOW THORNLY PARK

Renfrewshire

GLENFIELD

Leicestershire

GORSEINON

Abertawe - Swansea

HENFIELD

West Sussex

HIGHWORTH

Wiltshire

HINDHEAD

Surrey

HOLT

Norfolk

IDLE

West Yorkshire

INVERURIE

Aberdeenshire

IRVINE

North Ayrshire

KILSYTH

North Lanarkshire

KIRKHAM

Lancashire

LITTLEWICK GREEN

Berkshire

LYTHAM

Lancashire

MAGHULL

Merseyside

MALMESBURY

Wiltshire

MARCH

Cambridgeshire

MARSHALL'S CROSS

Merseyside

MATLOCK

Derbyshire

NEATH

Castell-nedd Port Talbot - Neath Port Talbot

NORTH BENFLEET

Essex

NORWICH NORTH

Norfolk

OAKHAM

Rutland

OBAN

Argyll and Bute

PETERHEAD

Aberdeenshire

PILL

Somerset

PINXTON

Derbyshire

PRESTWICK

South Ayrshire

RIBBLETON

Lancashire

ROCK FERRY

Merseyside

ROTHERHAM

South Yorkshire

RUDDINGTON

Nottinghamshire

SANDOWN

Isle of Wight

SHIRLEY; HAMPSHIRE

Hampshire

SLEAFORD

Lincolnshire

SPRINGFIELD; WEST MIDLANDS

West Midlands

STEWARTON

East Ayrshire

STOKE TRINITY

Staffordshire

STONE; STAFFORDSHIRE

Staffordshire

STRANRAER

Dumfries and Galloway

STURRY

Kent

THORNE

South Yorkshire

THURNBY

Leicestershire

TITCHFIELD

Hampshire

TURGIS GREEN CHINEHAM

Hampshire

UDDINGSTON

South Lanarkshire

UTTOXETER

Staffordshire

WARRINGTON

Cheshire

WESTBURY -ON- TRYM

City of Bristol

WHITBY

North Yorkshire

WHITEHAVEN

Cumbria

WHITTLESEY

Cambridgeshire

WISBECH

Cambridgeshire

WISHAW

North Lanarkshire

WOODGATE

West Midlands

WYTHENSHAWE

Greater Manchester

 


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