BT adds 1.2m premises to fibre broadband roll-out

BT has announced the next phase of its £2.5bn roll-out of fibre broadband across the UK, including the upgrade of 99 exchanges

BT has confirmed a further 1.2 million homes and businesses will be able to access its fibre broadband network.

The telecoms giant is part-way through a £2.5bn roll-out it announced in 2010 to bring this technology to 66% of the population by the end of spring 2014.

This latest phase has the same deadline and will take the number of premises with access to the network to 19 million.

A total of 99 exchanges will be updated with fibre connectivity over the next year, mostly across Scotland, the Midlands, the North East and the North West of England, bringing 600,000 homes and business access.

However, BT admitted “current network topography and the economics of deployment” – i.e. whether it is economically viable for BT to pay to roll out to rural areas with fewer customers – would mean not everyone connected to the exchanges could get fibre.

The other 600,000 premises will come from “infill work” to bring already announced locations up to scratch with BT’s latest technology.

“The UK is making great progress with superfast broadband and this latest phase of work will keep up the momentum,” said Mike Galvin, managing director of next-generation access at BT Openreach.

“I am sure that communities across the UK will be pleased to see that they are factored into our commercial plans and I now look forward to working with councils to identify further areas that we can enable with their support.”

Once connected, the network will be able to offer speeds ranging from up to 80Mbps for fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) deployments or up to 330Mbps for connections directly to the home or fibre to the premises (FTTP).

As well as its own commercial roll-out, BT is heavily involved in the government's Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) scheme to bring superfast broadband to 90% of the UK by 2015 and offer a minimum of 2Mbps to everyone else.

It has won a number of contracts from local councils, including Norfolk, Cumbria and North Yorkshire, although it has drawn criticism for being one of only two providers able to bid on the lucrative contracts.

Location of the 99 exchanges to get fibre
connectivity in the next year
Allestree Park East Midlands
Alloway Scotland
Ambergate East Midlands
Atherstone West Midlands
Avonmouth South West
Barnard Castle North East
Barton on Humber Yorkshire and The Humber
Battle South East
Beamish North East
Beith Scotland
Belgravia London
Belper East Midlands
Birtley North East
Blairgowrie Scotland
Blythe Bridge West Midlands
Bonnybridge Scotland
Bosham South East
Bracklesham Bay South East
Broadwell West Midlands
Broomfield East of England
Cambusnethan Scotland
Carnoustie Scotland
Castle Donington East Midlands
Cheddington South East
Chelmsley Wood West Midlands
Chelsea London
Chorleywood East of England
Coatbridge Scotland
Conisbrough Yorkshire and The Humb
Cooden South East
Cuckoo Oak West Midlands
Dalry (West of Scotland) Scotland
Darlington North East
Drumchapel Scotland
Dundee Claverhouse Scotland
Dundee Steeple Scotland
Dunston North East
Duntocher Scotland
Dysart Scotland
Easington North East
East (Central Midlands) West Midlands
East Kilbride Scotland
Ebchester North East
Eckington; Derbyshire East Midlands
Ellon Scotland
Finchfield West Midlands
Forres Scotland
Gillingham (Solent) South West
Glenrothes (South) Scotland
Greyfriars West Midlands
Grimsby Yorkshire and The Humb
Hagley West Midlands
Harefield London
Harwich East of England
Healing Yorkshire and The Humb
Hollinswood West Midlands
Houghton Regis East of England
Hunts Cross North West
Hurstpierpoint South East
Johnstone Scotland
Kennoway Scotland
Kensington Gardens London
Keresley West Midlands
Knebworth East of England
Loanhead Scotland
Lochgelly Scotland
Market Drayton West Midlands
Melbourne; Derbyshire East Midlands
Merryless Scotland
Mexborough Yorkshire and The Humb
Milton Lee West Midlands
Newbiggin on Lune North West
Norton North East
Olney South East
Provanmill Scotland
Radcliffe on Trent East Midlands
Rawmarsh Parkgate Yorkshire and The Humb
Redcar North East
Renfrew Scotland
Runcorn East North West
Scartho Yorkshire and The Humb
Seaton Delaval North East
Shanklin South East
Shipston On Stour West Midlands
Stechford West Midlands
Stoke City West Midlands
Swanage South West
Thrybergh Yorkshire and The Humb
Tickhill Yorkshire and The Humb
Tipton West Midlands
Trentham West Midlands
Turriff Scotland
Walsgrave-on-Sowe West Midlands
Wath upon Dearne Yorkshire and The Humb
Wellesborne West Midlands
Wellfield North East
Whickham North East
Wollaton East Midlands
Yapton South East




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