Telecoms giant posts strong financials for the year on back of fibre broadband growth
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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
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 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
BT has halted its super-fast broadband deployment in Kensington and Chelsea after the council deemed the necessary cabinets weren't in keeping with the look of the area
The telecoms company, which has rolled out its super-fast broadband network to 10 million premises, saw annual profits go up 42 percent in the last financial year
BT has said it will create 150 permanent engineering jobs to help with the rollout of its super-fast fibre broadband network.The company said on Thursday that it plans to take on the new recruits in May and that they will join the 500 ex-armed forces staff that were recruited by the company last year to help with the £2.
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