BT reveals 98 new exchanges to get fibre broadband

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

TOPICS: Broadband

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.

Topic: Broadband

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  • Meanwhile in Tavistock the only thing superfast is the disappointment that these BT Openreach announcements bring.
  • It isn't fibre broadband unless its fibre to the home. I think you should point that out in all your articles. My dial up is fed by fibre. We don't call it fibre dial up do we? perhaps we should... Its time to see through all this marketing, all BT are doing are making the old copper phone lines go a bit faster for those who are close to cabinets. The rest of us stay on slow lines. NGA it isn't.
  • @cyberdoyle

    There's nothing deceptive about describing different services as fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) and fibre to the premises (FTTP).

    FTTC along with different technologies used on the premises does deliver faster broadband than ADSL2, and you can get close to 40Mbps (BT Infinity) if you are close to the cabinet.
    Jack Schofield
  • @cyberdoyle - It's quite possible to get 80Meg down & 19 Up using FTTC, my friend & son both do with consistency on Infinity. Even if you are not close to a cabinets 40 down is not unusual, that is a large improvement on 'a bit faster' surely? It's OK knocking the UK but I had major problems with Com**** in Florida: I was struggling to get 8 MegBit (sometimes much less) from fibre/copper there despite several visits from engineers who changed the 'drop' 3 times & then shrugged, we have problems around here, that was as far as it ever got. That was in Cape Coral which has the advantage of having just about everything new, including the town. The grass is always greener until you actually try it.
  • Nice of them to announce "new exchanges" for early 2013 when it's clear my exchange (scheduled for March 2011) won't be done by then (it's just been slipped - again - to September 2012 at the earliest).

    They haven't even bothered to put in planning applications for the cabinets yet.
    Uncle Stoat