BT lines up 66 more towns for fibre rollout

Summary:The number of premises with BT's super-fast broadband will hit five million in June, the company has announced, as it named the next 66 locations to get a fibre-to-the-cabinet upgrade

BT's fibre broadband network will cover five million premises by the end of June, the company said as it announced the imminent upgrade of 66 further exchanges.

BT Openreach van

BT has named the next 66 exchanges to get fibre upgrades. Photo credit: didbygraham/Flickr

The company's overall plan is to push fibre-based super-fast broadband to two-thirds of the UK's homes and businesses — or 16 million premises — by 2015. On Tuesday, BT said it will be almost one-third of the way there by the end of June, and that it is on track to hit its overall target.

"Being able to bring faster broadband speeds within reach of more than five million premises is a significant milestone, and we are well on our way to passing 10 million in 2012 and two-thirds of UK premises by the end of 2015," BT Openreach chief Olivia Garfield said in a statement.

"This is the largest single commercial investment in fibre-based broadband infrastructure ever undertaken in the UK and is one of the biggest civil engineering projects running in the country at this time," she added. The nationwide rollout is budgeted at £2.5bn.

This is the largest single commercial investment in fibre-based broadband infrastructure ever undertaken in the UK.

– Olivia Garfield, BT Openreach

The 66 exchanges named on Tuesday will be fibre enabled during 2012, with some coming online this year. These exchanges will all be used to offer fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) connectivity, which maxes out at 40Mbps. However, BT said in May that it will roughly double that speed next year.

BT was also supposed to start a rollout of faster, up-to-100Mbps fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connectivity in the summer. However, the company admitted in May that the schedule had been pushed back towards the end of the year, due to technical problems discovered in the FTTH trial phase.

According to Openreach, its massive fibre programme involves 30,000 cabinets, 200,000 distribution points, 1,000 exchanges and over 50,000km of fibre.

Click through for a list of BT's latest super-fast broadband locations, across the UK.

Topics: Networking


David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist. He fell into journalism when he realised his musical career wouldn't be paying many bills. His early journalistic career was spent in general news, working behind the scenes for BBC radio and on-air as a newsreader for independent stations. David's main focus is on communications, of both... Full Bio

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