To Infinity and Blewbury; BT announces results of fibre rollout contest

5 Jan 2011

The UK’s fixed line incumbent, BT, has unveiled the six winning towns that will be guaranteed to receive high speed fibre connectivity in the next stage of its national rollout, ZDNet reports. Having called for votes from the public in its ‘Race to Infinity’ competition, BT has revealed that the six locations that received the highest number of votes were: Baschurch in Shropshire; Blewbury in Oxfordshire; Caxton and Madingley in Cambridgeshire; Innerleithen on the Scottish borders; and Whitchurch in Hampshire. Exchanges in each of the six towns will be enabled for BT’s Infinity-branded fibre-based service in ‘early 2012’. In total the telco said that it had received more than 360,000 votes, and having initially intended to only name five exchanges as winners, it said that it added the extra one ‘because six areas achieved extremely high levels of votes’. Further, a BT spokesman also confirmed to ZDNet that as a result of the response to the contest the telco ‘might go even further and add the top ten [exchanges] to BT’s deployment list’; such a decision will likely be made by the end of this month.

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