Delays Push BT's Superfast Broadband From Summer To Christmas

UK telecom giant BT has announced that the roll out of its fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) services won’t happen this summer due to technical difficulties during the trial run.

The company’s head of super-fast broadband roll out, Johnny McQuoid, told ZDNet UK that the service, which is also known as fibre-to-the-home, will now go live ‘before Christmas’.

The most notable difficulty the company is facing in the FTTP trial is that the ducts that lead to some homes are partially blocked. The blockage results delays engineers because they have to clear the blockage before they can blow fibre through the ducts.

The average time it took two BT engineers to install a FTTP kit in a consumer’s home was seven hours without the blockage, but when a blockage is present that time increases to two days, The Register reports.

“FTTP is a complex technology which we are currently trialling at scale. We are pleased with how the trials are going, but have always been very clear that we will only launch it on a commercial basis once it has been fully tested and is ready for the market,” the company said in a statement.