BT Openreach begins commercial roll out

BT Openreach begins commercial roll out of its latest fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) portfolio, which it claims offers the fatest fibre broadband speeds currently on offer.

The new "ultra-fast broadband" service provides download speeds of up to 330Mbps and 30Mbps for uploads. The service is aimed at small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and dat-hungry consumers for whom fibre-to-the-cabinet speeds are not sufficient.

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The portfolio of connections will initially available in the 15 areas where the infrastructure for FTTP has so far been deployed. However, Openreach said it plans to extend the network to other exchange areas and to new developments such as housing developments and apartment blocks.

The exchanges currently equipped for FTTP are Ashford, Bradwell Abbey, Chester, South Exeter, Falmouth, Forest Hill, Highams Park, Ilford, Leytonstone, St. Austell, St. Agnes, Liskeard, Truro, Wembley and York.

Because BT Openreach begins commercial roll out they've said it also plans to make the service available "on demand" in areas where it is already offering fibre-to-the-cabinet services. Customers will have to pay some of the installation charges of extending the connection to their premises.

The firm is trialling the extension of FTTP in fibre-to-the-cabinet areas with communications providers in eight areas. BT has so far "passed" 10 million homes with fibre broadband, and plans to have connections in place to be able to reach nearly two thirds of the UK's households within the next two years.

Openreach managing director for networkinvestment Mike Galvin said: "The commercial launch of FTTP is a major milestone. Whilst we believe that fibre to the cabinet will provide speeds that are suitable for consumers for some time, these fibre-to-the-premises products will allow communications providers to offer SMBs and other bandwidth-hungry users the option of even higher speeds - some of the fastest in the world - and build propositions which help to grow the market for these higher-speed serices".

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