BT Plans 20Mb Broadband For 80% In UK By End 2011

UK broadband services provider BT is planning to extend its copper based broadband to 80 per cent of the UK population by th end of this year.

Offered under BT's Wholesale Broadband Connect (WBC) programme, the company claims that the service will be able to provide broadband speeds up to 20 Mbps to customers.

According to the company, the service is available via 1,000 BT exchanges across the UK, serving 15.5 million homes and businesses. BT is planning to add another 90 nodes to offer it to 5 million additional premises.

“This announcement is further evidence of BT's commitment to deliver next generation services across the UK,” Cameron Rejali, managing director of products at BT Wholesale, said in a statement.

“Running over BT’s 21st Century Network, WBC offers communications providers the ability to provide their broadband customers with greater control, choice and flexibility as well as higher speeds. It supports the growing demand for high-speed broadband access to a range of online services,” Rejali added.

BT is already in the process of rolling out high-speed fibre based broadband across the UK, even in some of the rural areas which previously have not had high-speed net access. The company is working with the UK government to bring high-speed broadband, to both rural and urban Britain, by 2015.