BT grows plans for 'super-fast' fibre broadband
OTOH: Openreach adds 178 exchanges, but how many cabinets?
Published 14:34, 13 December 11
BT (LON:BT.A) Openreach will upgrade 178 more exchanges to fibre by 2014. That means more businesses and consumers will be able to get headline speeds of 40, 80, or even 300 Mb/s.
- On the one hand, it's good to see plenty of plans for FTTC and FTTP outside of built-up areas.
- On The Other Hand, there are still far too many premises not served by fibre-enabled cabinets, even though their exchange is enabled: as ever, the Devil is in the detail.
Plus, today's skateboarding duck: (sqrt(cos(x))*cos(400*x)+sqrt(abs(x))-0.4)*(4-x*x)^0.1...
Kelly Fiveash reports:
BT...plans to deploy its fibre technology to a further 178 exchanges...the majority...in 2012. Once...complete, around 1.8 million homes and businesses will have access.
The company said that 34 exchanges in Scotland, and 16 exchanges in Wales would be upgraded.
Sooraj Shah adds:
The company said that [these and] the exchanges previously announced, will help it...[deliver] superfast broadband to two thirds of UK premises by the end of 2014.
[But] to cover 90 per cent of UK premises...BT is relying on public sector stimulus, such as those funds being administered by...Broadband Delivery UK.
BT said that the...additional bandwidth...allows businesses to work more efficiently. ... The new fibre speed will...double to 80Mbit/s in 2012.
Sean Buckley explains the abbreviations:
[The] network rollout...will incorporate a mixture of both Fiber to the Cabinet (FTTC) and Fiber to the Premises (FTTP). ... [BT] plans to upgrade the speed of its FTTP offering to 300 Mbps in 2012.
David Meyer breaks it down:
The exchanges...include 17 locations in Cornwall that will be upgraded as part of the part-EU funded fibre programme for that county. ... The Scottish rollout will give access to more than 277,000 homes and businesses, and the Welsh...to nearly 175,000.
Some rival ISPs...recently quit the bidding process for certain regional deployments, saying the terms of the procurement process favoured BT.
But Adam Smith ponders the less lucky consumers:
The...less commercially viable and more remote parts of the UK, still remains a thorny issue.
Recently it came to light that early rural broadband trials were going nowhere fast due to councils failing to organise provider contracts [or] putting the funding they’ve been given into use.
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