In an initiative worth £1.5bn (A$3.1), British Telecom has announced plans to roll out fibre connectivity to 10 million homes throughout the United Kingdom.

According to BT the plans are to supply a mix of FTTH and deep fibre FTTN to 10 million domestic premises across the UK, eventually reaching a target of 40 per cent of homes by 2012. FTTH will predominately deployed in greenfield developments such as that already piloted at Ebbsfleet and the Olympic Village. The deep fibre FTTN technology will be used in existing residential developments.

Homes benefiting from FTTH will get top speeds of up to 100Mbps, while those using a copper connection to a street cabinet will get speeds of up to 40Mbps. BT said this will make it possible for households to run multiple high-bandwidth applications, such as TV.

CEO Ian Livingston said “We now want to make a step-change in broadband provision which will offer faster speeds than ever before. This marks the beginning of a new chapter in Britain’s broadband story. We want to work with local and regional bodies to decide where and when we should focus the deployment. Our aim is that urban and rural areas alike will benefit from our investment”

BT is reacting to the increasing consumer demand to be able to access and run multiple bandwithintensive services simultaneously.


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