BT Plans Gigabit Super Broadband for 10 million UK Households

BT has shed some lights on its future plans to provide super fast broadband based on a national fibre-optic cable network to up to 10 million homes by 2012 although this will depend on "regulatory regime and certainty".

The £1.5 billion programme will ensure that Fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) becomes a reality sooner rather than later - it might be slower than Fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) but it can be implemented more quickly and most importantly, it is much cheaper.

The decision to stick to FTTC coincides with fresh speculations that Sky will use green kerbside street boxes to accelerate broadband deployment.

Commenting on the announcement, BT chief executive Ian Livingston said: “Broadband has boosted the UK economy and is now an essential part of our customers’ lives. We now want to make a step-change in broadband provision which will offer faster speeds than ever before. This marks the beginning of a new chapter in Britain’s broadband story.

But BT is also expecting to get full backing from Ofcom to get the ball rolling. Livingston stressed that "A supportive and enduring regulatory environment is essential if this investment is to take place"

Original estimates of rolling out the full 21CN nationwide were expected to reach more than £15 billion pounds.