BT outlines Scottish fibre plans

12 Dec 2011

British fixed line incumbent BT has pledged to spend around GBP2.5 billion (USD3.92 billion) on improving next-generation broadband infrastructure in Scotland, the Press Association reports. The telco has unveiled what it claims is its largest ever ‘superfast’ fibre-based broadband project for Scotland, with around 277,000 premises to be covered as part of the work it plans to carry out. It is understood that BT will utilise a mixture of fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) and fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology for the scheme, and upgrades in 2012 are expected to cover 34 exchange areas, including Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Commenting on the operator’s plans, BT Scotland director Brendan Dick noted: ‘Superfast broadband will be welcomed by families throughout these 34 areas because it will help improve their quality of life and leisure and open new doors through online learning and fast access to information and services … At a stroke, small and medium-sized firms will have access to big-business speeds at much lower costs, allowing them to find new markets, boost their competitiveness and create new jobs.’

United Kingdom, BT Group (incl. Openreach)