BT receives royal approval for fibre rollout

28 Mar 2013

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has reached an agreement with Openreach, the local network business of BT, over the allocation of sites for 140 new cabinets as part of the ongoing rollout of fibre broadband services. Work has already begun at 72 of these locations, and 18 cabinets are already live, with over 50,000 residential and business premises expected to gain access to fibre broadband services. ‘Fibre broadband will provide a major boost both for residents and businesses in the borough, so we’re glad to have been able to reach an agreement with Openreach which allows for the deployment of this technology whilst safeguarding the historic integrity of the borough,’ commented Councillor Tim Ahern, the Royal Borough’s Cabinet Member for Planning Policy, adding: ‘We look forward to working with Openreach in a spirit of cooperation to maximise the benefits of fibre broadband across Kensington and Chelsea as soon as possible.’ Openreach is aiming to make fibre broadband available to around two-thirds of UK homes and businesses on a commercial basis by the end of spring 2014, using a combination of fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) and fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) technologies; already more than 13 million premises can access high speed fibre broadband.

United Kingdom, BT Group (incl. Openreach)