BT has confirmed it will open up its fibre-enabled exchanges to rival internet service providers, bringing greater competition to the market for up-to 330Mbit/s services in the UK.
Previously, BT had restricted access to its upgraded exchanges to what it terms an “early market development basis”. But now, competitors will get full access to the 15 exchange areas where Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) infrastructure has been deployed.
“The commercial launch of FTTP is a major milestone,” said Mike Galvin Openreach managing director for network investment.
"These FTTP 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 services," he added.
Openreach is the division of BT charged with managing its network infrastructure.
When BT enables an exchange for fibre deployments, it would typically look to support either FTTP or Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC), or a mixture of both.
FTTC services rely on copper lines to deliver the final link from BT's street cabinets to the premises, and offer a maximum speed of around 80Mbit/s.
The FFTP services, which as the name suggests run fibre all the way to the subscriber's premises, offer maximum speeds of 300Mbit/s.
The 15 exchanges being opened up today include ones such as Bradwell Abbey and Highams Park, which are geared up for FTTP.
Last week, BT announced it would be launching eight trials of FTTP on demand to gauge demand for the 330Mbit/s services.
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