Thursday, 15 November, 2018

BT Openreach pledges to speed up rollout of faster broadband

BRITAIN-TELECOMS-BUSINESS-BT Openreach is owned by BT but operates separately
Nellie Chapman | 02 February, 2018, 22:53

Previously, it had committed to reaching two million homes by that date.

The first upgrade phase will begin this year, with Fibre lines set to be put in place in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Birmingham and Bristol.

"Reaching three million premises by 2020 sets Openreach on the right trajectory to achieve its ambition of building a ten million FTTP footprint by the mid-2020s and, if the conditions are right, to go significantly beyond, bringing the benefits of FTTP to the majority of homes and businesses across the United Kingdom", he concluded. Full-fibre connections are not hampered by distance and can provide speeds up to 1 gigabit a second.

By "ultra fast" broadband, the company means download speeds of 100 megabits, a big jump from the "super fast" broadband now in place, which delivers 24 megabit download speeds.

BT network subsidiary Openreach has announced the launch of its 'fibre first programme' to upgrade United Kingdom infrastructure.

"We are future-proofing the UK's connectivity and delivering an infrastructure technology that is not only significantly more reliable. but one that supports the speed requirements of the country for decades to come", he told reporters.

The government said that full-fibre connectivity is vital for Britain to attract investment in the global market.

Openreach expects the cost of FTTP in towns and cities to be between £300 and £400 per property, £150 to £175 if the costs of battery backup are excluded.

In particular, it wants to focus on achieving lower build and connection costs, achieving rapid take-up of and generating incremental revenue from the FTTP platform, and having a supportive regulatory and policy framework.

"That will only work if Openreach radically reduces proposed pricing, making full fibre affordable to all consumers, rather than just a privileged few".