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Fibre optic broadband not guaranteed in cities, says expert

Friday, October 15th 2010 by Editorial

BT's fibre optic broadband rollout may miss a number of inner-city areas, it has been claimed.

A technology expert has insisted that urban residents should not necessarily expect to be able to access fibre optic broadband in the coming years.

Trefor Davis, chief technology officer of internet service provider Timico, noted that there are "great swathes" of the country that will not be covered by BT's super-fast broadband rollout.

However, Mr Davis claimed it is not just people living in isolated communities who may find they are not able to access the new high-speed infrastructure.

"You don't actually have to live in the country to be on the wrong side of the digital divide," the expert remarked. "Living in a big city is no guarantee that you will get fast broadband."

Factors such as planning application difficulties may be responsible for some inner-city properties missing out on network improvements, he added.

BT Retail chief executive Gavin Patterson has pledged to make fibre optic broadband available to more than 12 million premises by 2015.

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