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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.

The BT press release is available here

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. Having spent 12 years at the coalface of consumer telecoms research, initiating and running projects both nationally and internationally on behalf of the biggest players in the industry. Dan is now Director of Communications and in-house consumer telecoms expert for Cable.co.uk.

An experienced broadcaster, commentator and writer who frequently appears on BBC TV and radio, ITV, Sky and in the national papers and their websites, Dan leads a team of journalists and communications folk who spend their days researching and reporting on problems faced by UK broadband, TV and mobile customers both on an individual and macro level.

Dan campaigns on many issues currently facing consumers of broadband, TV and mobile products in the UK. These include, but are not limited to: Rural broadband provision; mobile coverage; broadband, TV and mobile customer contract issues; broadband and mobile broadband speeds; switching and money-saving; infrastructural challenges; pricing, changes and structures; shifts in technology and the marketplace; telecoms regulation, policy and law; fines, adjudications and policy changes; mergers and closures of UK providers; annual financials and more.

Dan has advised Ofcom on issues surrounding service quality. He also administers and adjudicates the yearly Broadband Service Quality Awards and sits on the panel of judges for the Internet Service Providers Association annual awards.

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