BT unveils latest list of exchanges to get fibre upgrade

14 Sep 2011

British fixed line incumbent BT has unveiled a list of 114 exchanges at which it will make its fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) broadband service available by ‘autumn 2012’ via its network arm, Openreach. According to the telco, more than one million premises will gain access to its superfast internet product as part of the expansion, while it also noted that it expects to reveal further locations for future deployment in the coming months. The development marks the latest stage in BT’s previously announced project under which it expects to spend around GBP2.5 billion (USD3.9 billion) on making its FTTC service accessible to two-thirds of UK homes and businesses. Commenting on the announcement, Mike Galvin, Openreach managing director for Next Generation Access, said: ‘I am pleased to be able to reveal the latest locations where we will make fibre broadband available. Our rollout is one of the fastest in the world and we are on track to pass ten million homes and businesses next year before pushing on further … We believe that the government’s support makes it possible to get fibre to 90% of homes and so we will be engaging with Broadband Delivery UK and local councils to offer our help and expertise.’

United Kingdom, BT Group (incl. Openreach)