BT begins business FTTP rollout

BT has announced that it will begin its business fibre rollout with a select few cities in England.


BT has announced that it will begin its business fibre rollout with a select few cities in England. 

Businesses in Bath, Bradford, Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester and Salford are expected to be the first to benefit from the rollout, which will see fibre-to-the-premises installed for the first time. 

Businesses in London are also expected to be connected at some point in the future. 

The rollout will see businesses enjoy broadband speeds of up to 1Gbps, giving small and medium sized businesses a significant boost to their connections. 

Openreach has said that over 300,000 homes and business have already benefitted from its network, with more expected by the end of the year. 

Clive Selley, CEO of Openreach, said that the provider aims to drastically expand its network in the coming years. 

“Our aim is to make ultrafast broadband available to 12m homes and businesses by the end of 2020.”

“SMEs have told us they want an alternative to dedicated lines and that is what we are going to give them. Openreach has been trialling new deployment methods for FTTP in Bradford and I am pleased to say the trials have progressed very well.”

Openreach is currently rolling out fibre to the rest of the UK due to the government’s BDUK project, but Mr Selley said that he aimed to plug in the gaps that would be left behind. 

He added that many of the chosen starting areas, such as Bath and Bristol , featured science and technology sectors that were important for the local economy. 

Source: Cable

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