BT Announces Super-fast Exchanges At 66 New Locations

BT Openreach has announced that it plans to install super-fast exchanges in 66 new locations spread across the UK to speed up its nation-wide super-fast broadband roll out.

According to the company, the 66 new locations will allow it to connect 5 million customers to super-fast broadband by the end of June. Meanwhile, BT said that most of the customers will get super-fast broadband by 2012 but a small number of users might be connected within this year.

This addition is a mark of BT’s plans to step-up its £2.5 billion effort to bring super-fast broadband to most of the UK, in synchronisation with the UK government’s plans.

The company also announced that it was on the verge of conducting trials to see whether it possible to use the ‘white space’ in the Ultra High Frequency (UHF) TV spectrum for bringing broadband to Britain’s rural area.

BT plans to conduct the trials, which will start in July, on the Isle of Bute in Scotland. The government along with private service providers have acknowledged the importance of bringing broadband to rural areas.

“The final 10% of the UK is going to be the hardest to reach with fixed line superfast broadband and so we are busy trialling other technologies. It's early days but our hope is that this technology may provide an effective solution for 'not spots' and 'slow spots'." BT Openreach chief executive (CEO) Olivia Garfield said in a statement.