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BT Adds 2.5 Million Homes To Ultrafast Fiber-optic Broadband

BT has pledged to extend its high speed fibre optic network roll out to cover a massive 2.5 million homes in the UK by 2012, it has been reported.

The move comes as a part of BT’s huge investment of £1.5 billion in next-generation high-speed broadband networks, and it will bring an impressive 100Mbps broadband speed to 2.5 million UK homes employing the fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology.

Initially, BT claimed that the 100Mbps broadband connection would only reach to one million homes by 2012, primarily due to lack of investments, but now the network operator has added another 1.5 million to its plans.

Furthermore, another nine million UK homes will have access to relatively slower fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) technology by 2012, which would offer broadband speeds up to 40Mbps.

Steve Robertson, chief executive of BT Openreach, said in a statement: “Service providers have asked us for more FTTP and so we have listened to them. The UK already leads the world when it comes to broadband availability and today's announcement will help the UK climb the speed league tables as well”.

However, BT’s rival broadband operator Virgin Media is already testing with speeds of up to 200Mbps in some of the regions in the UK.

Our Comments

Without governmental help but encouraged by the competition, BT is going ahead with its plans to criss cross UK with fiber optic. Ironically, while BT is touting fiber as its future, Virgin Media is already looking at using copper cables to extend its services.

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