An extra 114 exchanges have been revealed by Openreach to receive new fibre-based broadband services. Over one million homes and businesses will benefit from the lastest announced deployments which are scheduled to be completed by Autumn 2012. BT are working towards enabling next-generation super-fast broadband to 2/3rds of the country by 2015 through a £2.5 billion programme of deploying fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) and fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology.
"I am pleased to be able to reveal the latest locations where we will make fibre broadband available. Our roll out is one of the fastest in the world and we are on track to pass ten million homes and businesses next year before pushing on further.
Fibre broadband will transform peoples’ experience of the internet and so I am sure the residents and businesses in these areas will welcome the news. No other company is doing as much as Openreach to bring super-fast broadband to the UK.
We believe that the government’s support makes it possible to get fibre to ninety per cent of homes and so we will be engaging with Broadband Delivery UK and local councils to offer our help and expertise. There is no substitute for experience when it comes to fibre deployment and we have more experience than anyone. We are also committed to offering open and equivalent access so that customers can benefit from a competitive market. Local monopolies benefit no-one and no public funds should go to supporting them”.Mike Galvin, (Managing Director) Openreach
Of course, Galvin need not worry about companies running a closed network with BDUK funding as the tender process announced back in June for broadband suppliers to BDUK does require that open-access wholesale networks are developed.
The list of exchanges which are to be enabled can be found in the BT press-release. If you are in an area not yet announced, a further set of exchanges are planned to be announced in the next few months.