BT is looking at delivering fibre into basements as a way to fix up slow broadband in cramped parts of London.
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Telecoms giant posts strong financials for the year on back of fibre broadband growth
BT Openreach is raising the price for residents who want to upgrade their fibre-to-the-cabinet service to a full fibre-to-the-home service by up to £2,625.
BT will make a second pass on locations that it hasn't managed to deliver fibre to in previous attempts.
The telco's first-quarter results have revealed BT's dominance of UK fibre connections.
In a relatively small addition to its rollout, BT has revealed the names of a handful of new exchanges to get fibre-enabled.
BT is adding new copper and fibre broadband customers to its network as it continues to extend the reach of its fibre network, but tough conditions in Europe and declining call revenues are eating into its takings.
BT is continuing to fibre-enable new exchanges, with nearly a hundred more in Scotland, the Midlands and the north of England to go live before next year.
Many businesses should be able to get full-fat fibre connectivity for a lower price as of next year, when BT Openreach will cut its wholesale pricing for FTTP-enabled areas and introduce its FTTP-on-demand option, also at the lower cost.
The telco now says it will have covered two-thirds of the UK with fibre connectivity by the spring of 2014, not the end of 2014 as it said a year ago, and not the end of 2015 as was the original plan.
BT is recruiting up to 250 armed forces leavers to help with its fibre broadband rollout in the UK, having previously enlisted some 800 engineers from the military.
BT's £2.5bn rollout of fibre-based technology continues, with the addition of 163 exchanges that will soon be able to provide super-fast broadband to homes across the UK.
BT has secured a contract to provide fibre infrastructure in North Yorkshire, in a project tapping into money from the UK's rural broadband (BDUK) fund — but other county councils are struggling to get the projects moving
The European Commission says there is no evidence that bringing down the wholesale prices for access to BT and other European incumbents' copper networks will stimulate investment in super-fast fibre broadband
Openreach is testing a "fibre on demand" service that will provide 330Mbps broadband connections, before making the service commercially available from Spring 2013. The problem isn't the technology but the cost of the deployment, which involves laying a fibre optic cable from the local cabinet to the home or business premises.
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
Super-fast broadband should be attracting new buyers in droves, but it's not. Add to this the mismatched goals of the EU and the UK government and the long-term viability of the current plans begins to look in jeopardy
BT is likely to enjoy lighter controls on the amount it can charge for its leased lines in London, under proposals revealed by Ofcom on Monday.Leased lines offer high-end fibre connectivity as a retail product for business customers, and also as a wholesale product for smaller telcos that resell fixed and mobile broadband services.
The UK is lagging well behind other EU countries in uptake of 100Mbps and 30Mbps broadband, according to a study looking at how well countries are doing to meet Digital Agenda targets
The cost involved in a fibre-to-the-premises rollout for all UK residences is unnecessary as existing technologies can be extended for faster download speeds in the future, the telco says
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