BT Openreach has announced that a further one million homes and businesses will be added to its fibre rollout programme to bring superfast broadband to more areas of the UK.
An additional 163 locations across the UK from Devon to Scotland, will be added to its fibre rollout project. BT claimed this would add around one million more homes and businesses to its network of superfast services.
The rollouts should offer speeds of up to 80Mbit/s for downloads and 20Mbit/s uploads. Managing director of network investment at Openreach, Mike Galvin, said the firm was hoping to secure more funding to add more locations to its network.
"We have now announced the bulk of the exchanges we will be deploying fibre to under our own steam but we are keen to go even further with the help of [Broadband UK] funding," he said.
"We will continue to engage with local government and communities to try and give as many people as possible access to the benefits of fibre broadband."
BT did not specify the exact location details of the 163 new exchanges, and had not responded to a request for this information from V3.
The update from BT comes as it continues to win numerous contracts from local authorities to supply broadband connections including deals worth £425m from the Welsh government, £33m from Surrey County Council and £70m from Cumbria.
The government also recently announced £114m in funding for 10 cities in the UK to help them ensure all citizens can access superfast broadband services, funding BT is no doubt angling for as part of its push to cement its position as the UK's largest ISP.
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