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Broadband - Broadband News - BT to spend 1.5bn on Fibre

BT to spend 1.5bn on Fibre

15th July 2008

BT are to install Fibre across the UK to 10 million homes

BT is set to invest 1.5 billion in installing fibre across the UK that will give up to 10 million homes access to fibre by the year 2012 and broadband speeds of up to 100Mbps!

BT to invest in fibre meaning broadband speeds of up to 100MbThis surprise move is something that the UK broadband market has been waiting for and needing to be announced to make sure that we don't fall behind other countries any further in the future.

BT will only do the rollout of the fibre network if they are able to make a fair level of return for their shareholders from the large investment they will be putting in. This is a regulatory issue and it appears that Ofcom is willing to let them make their returns if they go ahead and roll the network out.

The planned rollout will be Fibre To The Cabinet (FTTC) for most people initially with new build premises being the most likely recipients of Fibre To The Home (FTTH).
FTTC will allow users to get speeds of 40Mb potentially increasing to 60Mb as BT investigates technologies to increase these speeds. Those who get FTTH will be the ones who will receive speeds of around the 100Mb mark.

It is not just urban areas that will benefit with BT saying that both rural and urban areas alike will benefit from the investment.

Author: Mark Ward
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