The CEO of BT has outlined its broadband vision to the Prime Minister and members of the cabinet as they visited BT's research headquarters at Adastral Park in Ipswich today. Ian Livingstone spoke of the company's plans to roll out fibre-based broadband using fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) and fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology. More than 90% of UK premises will get access to the services, with the majority supposedly being able to access at speeds of 100Mbps or more.
"I'm delighted to be able to welcome the Prime Minister and the cabinet to Adastral Park. This is the home of the research and development that supports progress in many areas of technology - from broadband in the UK to global communications networks in the 170 countries in which BT operates.
Super-fast broadband can be a catalyst for economic growth. We have recently recruited a further 800 engineers to help deploy it but it is what it can do for business that is so impressive. The Government has been a great supporter in recognising that this type of infrastructure investment can drive the UK’s long term growth."Ian Livingstone, (CEO) BT
Livingstone also told the Prime Minister that the number of homes living in broadband not-spots and slow-spots is due to fall from the current level of 12% to less than 2%. BT will use new technology such as TV White Space and Long Term Evolution (LTE) to help fill in these gaps where fixed-line options are not viable.
Of course, BT are not the only company striving to improve broadband within the UK. Rival operator Fujitsu have vowed to deploy a fibre broadband network that will offer speeds of 100Mbps or more to 5 million rural homes, should they get funding from the government's broadband investment vehicle, BDUK. BT's claims of delivering high-speed services to 90% of the country are based on getting access to the same funding, and we will see with time how the money is actually distributed, and what it can therefore achieve.