The UK’s fixed line incumbent, BT, has unveiled the 41 towns that will benefit from the next phase of its high speed fibre broadband rollout. Approximately 300,000 business and consumers in these areas, which include Sandwich in the South East, Ripley in the East Midlands and Dalkeith in Scotland, will be able to access broadband at download speeds of up to 40Mbps over the fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) network from spring 2012. The 41 market towns join the 785 exchange locations across the country that BT has revealed under its fibre rollout plan to date. These locations serve around eight million premises in total, around half of BT’s total fibre deployment plan. The company is investing up to GBP2.5 billion (USD3.9 billion) to deliver fibre broadband to approximately two thirds of UK homes and businesses, subject to an acceptable environment for investment. Openreach, BT’s local network business, is responsible for the deployment of fibre to these areas. The technology will be available on an open, wholesale basis to all companies providing broadband services.