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BT Extends Fiber Optic Broadband To 69 Other Towns

BT seems all geared up to accelerate its fibre roll-out plan, as the telecom giant released details of 69 locations to be added to its fibre optics network by the summer next year.

The list marks the second phase of the telecom operator's network upgrade, and it will be adding as many as 1.5 million homes to its network by the next summer.

The second phase is dominated by London and the South East with around 24 exchanges from the two regions are expected to benefited, whereas Scotland will have network upgrades in only four sites in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Commenting upon the operator's ambitious fibre-optic plans, the chief exec of BT Openreach said in a statement, “We had aimed to get fibre to half a million homes by next March but we're now being far more ambitious. We've received a tremendous response to date and so we're keen to get on with the job”.

BT is collaborating with 16 ISP partners on its fibre optic network trial in Muswell Hill, London, as well as Whitchurch in Wales, which kicked off earlier this week.

BT has to step up the roll-out process if it is looking to achieve its aim of connecting 10 million sites by 2012. However, the telecom operator claimed that it is already ahead of schedule.

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BT appears to be accelerating the process of getting fibre to its customers. Unsuprisingly, urban areas are the first beneficiaries of this move and there are already adverts across London newspapers promising "up to 20mbps" broadband connections.

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Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.