Wednesday, November 07, 2012

BT to reach two thirds of UK premises with superfast broadband by Spring 2014

BT last week announced that it will reach its target of delivering superfast broadband to two thirds of premises in the UK ahead of its already accelerated schedule. From the BT press release:
"BT today announced a further acceleration of its commercial fibre roll-out, stating it will pass two thirds of UK premises during Spring 2014. This is at least 18 months ahead of its original target of the end of 2015. The news has been welcomed by the Government, as the early completion of this footprint will enable BT to focus further on working with the public sector to extend fibre to the ‘final third’ of the country, in areas where it has won BDUK contracts. This work will help the UK to continue its climb up the broadband league tables, in line with the Government’s vision of having the best superfast broadband network amongst major European countries by 2015...This is the second time that BT has accelerated the programme, having previously brought forward the completion date from the end of 2015 to the end of 2014. Openreach, the part of BT that is rolling out the technology, is succeeding in delivering its target well ahead of schedule as a result of learning lessons along the way and improving its processes. The business is also recruiting additional engineers to help with fibre installations, with volumes expected to increase in line with the footprint expansion."
Coverage from ISP Review, ThinkBroadband and ZDnet.

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