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January 24, 2014

BT to spend further £50m on fibre broadband for cities

At least another 400,000 premises in cities are set to get upgraded to fibre optic broadband as BT is to invest a further £50 million into its own commercial roll out of fibre optic broadband.

More than 30 cities across the UK will benefit from the extra investment that will target the areas that have not originally been targeted due to either not being originally deemed commercially viable at the beginning or due to local planning restrictions that stopped the deployment. Along with these areas there will be the deployment of fibre cabinets to apartment blocks and other multi-dwelling units and also the laying of Fibre-To-The-Premises (FTTP) on some new build sites in the cities.

In total BT are spending over £3 billion of the deployment of fibre optic broadband, £2.5 billion on its own commercial rollout which once complete will cover around 19 million UK premises, plus then further investment to roll out with rural fibre optic broadband schemes such as those organised through the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) project.

Mike Galvin, MD Network Investment at BT Openreach, said:

Our fibre programme is going extremely well with our engineers connecting homes and businesses across the UK. Some city areas have proved challenging in the past but we are returning to those and will pass hundreds of thousands of additional premises with fibre.

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