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Cable.co.uk comments on BT plans to bring ultrafast broadband to 2m UK homes

  • BT aims to connect two million homes to fibre-to-the-premises broadband
  • Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP), unlike the existing infrastructure fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) does not suffer slowdown over distance, making it an ideal solution for the rural broadband issue
  • However, BT has announced no plans to target this rollout at smaller rural settlements such as villages that experience some of the worst broadband speeds in the UK
  • Not doing so "May contribute towards a future in which it is forced to give up Openreach" says Cable.co.uk's Dan Howdle

Thursday 5 May 2016: BT has today announced it will be investing billions of pounds in bringing fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband to two million properties – mainly in new housing developments, high streets and business parks.

BT aims to bring ultrafast broadband to a minimum of ten million homes and businesses by 2020, with an ambition to reach twelve million. Two million of those premises will receive the aforementioned fibre-to-the-premises broadband, while the remaining ten million will be served by upgrades to existing copper infrastructure.

Called G.Fast, this latter copper solution can only help those living close to their local cabinet.

BT press release

Commenting on Ofcom's findings, Dan Howdle, consumer telecoms expert at broadband comparison site Cable.co.uk, said:

“In extending its fibre network all the way to 2m UK homes, BT has the opportunity to help the some of the millions in the UK with broadband that isn't fit for purpose, primarily those in rural areas, but also anyone living more than 1,000 metres from their local fibre cabinet. If indeed they have one.

““BT absolutely must seize this opportunity, not only for the sake of those who suffer daily with appalling broadband speeds, but also for its own sake, since failure to do so may contribute towards a future in which it is forced to give up Openreach."

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Dan Howdle has been plugged into the attitudes of UK broadband, TV and mobile customers for over two decades, running research fieldwork both nationally and internationally on behalf of the biggest players in the industry. Dan is now consumer telecoms analyst at Cable, as well as more formally operating in the role of its Director of Communications and Content.

An experienced broadcaster, commentator and writer, Dan has appeared on BBC TV and radio, ITV, Sky and in the national papers. Dan has advised Ofcom on issues surrounding service quality, administered Cable’s Broadband Service Quality Awards and sat on the panel of judges for the Internet Service Providers Association annual awards.

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