BT will not upgrade FTTC deployments with FTTP technology

26 Nov 2010

On the back of laboratory tests in which it achieved downlink speeds of 70Mbps using fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) technology, British fixed line incumbent BT has announced that it will not go back to areas where it has deployed the technology to upgrade to faster fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP). The telco says that its decision stems from the fact that it views FTTC as ‘futureproof’, ISPreview reports, citing BT’s Director of Strategy and Policy, Liv Garfield, who said: ‘The vast majority [of FTTC homes] get between 33Mbps and 38Mbps. There’s no point in going back and investing, just because it’s something called P instead of C. We’ve seen 60Mbps to 70Mbps in the labs on FTTC.’

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, BT in July 2008 revealed it had set aside around GBP1.5 billion (USD2.98 billion) on rolling out fibre-based broadband. May 2009 saw the telco announce the locations of the first 29 exchanges to be connected to its FTTC network, but almost immediately after starting trials of the service in July 2009 it then said it was accelerating plans for fibre deployment, with more than 1.5 million homes expected to have access to fibre-based services by ‘early summer 2010’. Commercial services were subsequently launched in January 2010, under the BT Infinity banner, and having initially aimed to complete the rollout by March 2013, BT now expects to finish work by June 2012.

United Kingdom, BT Group (incl. Openreach)