BT reveals 98 new exchanges to get fibre broadband

Summary:Another 800,000 businesses and homes around the UK will be within reach of fibre by late 2013, BT has said, as part of its £2.5bn plan to bring super-fast broadband to two-thirds of the country

BT Openreach has revealed the latest tranche of exchanges to be enabled for super-fast broadband.

Fibre cabinet

BT has announced a further 98 telephone exchanges that will be upgraded to fibre broadband by late 2013. Image credit: David Meyer

The 98 exchanges, which will be upgraded to fibre by late 2013, are dotted around England, Scotland and Wales. The rollout will take fibre broadband to within reach of nearly 800,000 businesses and homes, BT said on Tuesday.

"Our rollout of fibre continues apace, with over 10 million homes now having access to the many benefits this technology can deliver," BT Openreach managing director Mike Galvin said in a statement.

Openreach is to sell super-fast broadband wholesale on both a fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) and fibre to the premises (FTTP) basis.

FTTC, which sees fibre run as far as street cabinets, can deliver download speeds of up to 80Mbps and upload speeds of up to 20Mbps, according to BT.

FTTP, in which fibre is laid directly to premises, can provide download speeds of 110Mbps. The company aims to launch its small-business 'FTTP on demand' option, with speeds of up to 330Mbps, in spring next year.

BT has a target of providing access to fibre to 16 million premises, or two-thirds of the UK, by 2014 at a cost of £2.5bn. In addition, BT is expected to receive the lion's share of the government's £530m Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) fund, which aims to bring super-fast broadband to rural areas where it would not otherwise be commercially viable.

BT expects to make "one or two" more announcements regarding fibre rollout numbers within the next two quarters, a BT spokesman said.

Click through to see a full list of the 98 exchanges to get fibre.

Topics: Broadband

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