British fixed line incumbent BT has reportedly confirmed that some 3,000 premises in Mayfair, in London’s West End, are among the first to benefit from the telco’s expanded rollout of fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology. According to ISPreview, BT already offers pure fibre connectivity to around 300,000 premises across the country, while as part of previously announced plans it aims to increase this number to two million by 2020, and has already outlined a rough coverage plan for Westminster, Holborn and the City (London). Now, however, BT has confirmed that it expects an additional 360,000 homes and businesses in the capital to gain access to FTTP over the next two years.
Commenting on the rollout plans, Andrew Whale, chief engineer at BT’s infrastructure unit Openreach, was cited as saying: ‘It’s great to see the latest FTTP technology being deployed using the new methods we have developed recently. Using micro cables, which are small diameter cables designed to get through busy underground ducts, we are able to avoid costly and disruptive civil engineering work. This in turn makes deployment much quicker and enables FTTP to be available to more customers. It’s the first time that we’ve used micro cables in the West End.’
Meanwhile, the report notes that while the top download speed of the FTTP network is 330Mbps, with uplink rates topping out at 30Mbps, these rates are expected to be increased shortly for premium business connections, to 1Gbps/220Mbps down/uplink.