With the announcement today of another 178 exchange areas, Openreach has now announced some 80% of its foot print commercial fibre roll-out, which is primarily fibre to the cabinet, offering up to 40 Mbps now, with upgrades to an up to 80 Mbps in 2012. The final goal of the Openreach £2.5 billion investment is to offer its fibre products to two thirds of households in the UK.
"We continue to make tremendous strides with our fibre programme. Super-fast broadband is already within reach of more than six million premises today and we are on track to pass ten million premises next year.
Our ambitions do not stop there. We will make fibre available to two thirds of UK premises by the end of 2014 2 and we want to go even further. It is important that as many premises as possible have access to fibre and so we will bid for the BDUK 3 funds that are available. Our experience in deploying fibre networks at scale and the fact that our open, wholesale network allows competition to thrive in an area makes Openreach an ideal partner for these local/regional broadband initiatives."Olivia Garfield, CEO of Openreach
The full list is published on the BT website. The majority of the exchanges are expected to be ready for service by the end of 2012, and while be offering Fibre to the cabinet. Any additional areas on top of the existing FTTP roll-outs are likely to get their own announcement. The Openreach superfast website has the exchanges listed too.