BT has recently announced which exchanges are going to benefit from a fibre upgrade (both FTTC – fibre-to-the cabinet and FTTP fibre-to-the-premises).
In more detail, FTTC can deliver download speeds of up to 40Mbps while with FTTP services you will be looking at receiving 100Mbps and more.
The broadband giant has confirmed that Phase 8 of its grand plan will see 114 locations upgraded, resulting in roughly a million households and businesses more being able to take advantage of superfast fibre broadband.
The vast majority of upgrades are to be completed by Autumn 2012.
Mike Galvin, BTOpenreach’s Managing Director for NGA, was reported as saying:
“Fibre broadband will transform peoples’ experience of the internet and so I am sure the residents and businesses in these areas will welcome the news. No other company is doing as much as Openreach to bring super-fast broadband to the UK.
“We believe that the government’s support makes it possible to get fibre to ninety per cent of homes and so we will be engaging with Broadband Delivery UK and local councils to offer our help and expertise. There is no substitute for experience when it comes to fibre deployment and we have more experience than anyone. We are also committed to offering open and equivalent access so that customers can benefit from a competitive market. Local monopolies benefit no-one and no public funds should go to supporting them.”
BT’s fibre Telephone Exchange Upgrades list is as follows:
ARCHERS COURT BALDSLOW BANNOCKBURN BASILDON BECCLES BELSTEAD BEXHILL BOGNOR REGIS BRIGHTON ROTTINGDEAN BROADSTAIRS BRUNDALL BUNGAY BURSLEDON CAISTER ON SEA CARLISLE CASTLETON, GWENT CHERRY HINTON CLACTON-ON-SEA COLCHESTER COSTESSEY CUFFLEY DANBURY DOVER EAST BAY EASTBOURNE PEVENSEY EASTWOOD EDINBURGH MORNINGSIDE FELIXSTOWE FORDINGBRIDGE FOXHALL GALASHIELS GILLINGHAM, KENT GORLESTON GREAT BADDOW GRESFORD HADLEIGH, SUFFOLK HAILSHAM HAMPDEN PARK HASSOCKS HATFIELD HEXHAM HISTON HOOTON HYTHE, HAMPSHIRE
HYTHE, KENT IPSLEY IPSWICH KIDDERMINSTER KINGS LYNN LANCING LEWES LITTLEHAMPTON LOOSE LOWESTOFT MAIDSTONE MANNINGTREE MARINE MIDDLETON, WEST SUSSEX MIDHURST MILDENHALL
MILFORD MILNSBRIDGE MOORHILL NEWHAVEN NORWICH THORPE NORWICH WEST PADDOCK WOOD PAGHAM PEEBLES PERTH POLEGATE PURFLEET RAINHAM, KENT RAMSGATE RAWDON REDDITCH OLD TOWN RUSTINGTON RYHOPE SALISBURY SAWBRIDGEWORTH SEAFORD SELSEY SHOEBURYNESS
SHOREHAM SNODLAND SOUTH OCKENDON SOUTHPORT SOUTHWICK (SOUTH DOWNS) STEYNING STOKE BISHOP STORRINGTON STOWMARKET
STRATHAVEN SUDBURY, SUFFOLK SUNDERLAND NORTH THANET THETFORD THORPE BAY TILBURY TIPTREE VANGE WARE WASHINGTON WELWYNGARDEN WEYMOUTH WHITSTABLE WHITTON, SUFFOLK WIVENHOE WOODBRIDGE WORTHING CENTRAL WORTHING SWANDEAN WORTHING WEST WREXHAM NORTH
It’s worth mentioning that BT is investing as much as £2.5bn into its fibre optic broadband deployment.