BT has announced that it will invest another £50m in its rollout of superfast broadband services in cities to ensure another 400,000 locations can access its services.
BT said the funding will be spent over the next three years and will cover 30 cities, although it did not specify which locations. V3 contacted BT for this information but the firm said it has yet to decide the final locations.
The company said the money would be used to wire up more city cabinets that weren’t originally earmarked for upgrades with fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) connections. This will include a particular focus on multi-apartment blocks.
BT also promised some of the funding would be used to deploy fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) solutions, which could lead to even higher broadband speeds by cutting out the use of copper at any point in the network.
Mike Galvin, managing director of Network Investment at Openreach, said the additional investment would help BT push on with its rollout.
“Our fibre programme is going extremely well, with our engineers connecting homes and businesses across the UK. Some city areas have proved challenging in the past, but we are returning to those and will pass hundreds of thousands of additional premises with fibre,” he said.
“We are reaching vast swathes of rural Britain with our public sector partners but we will upgrade these city areas under our own steam. Businesses in cities already have access to ultra-fast speeds but fibre will give them greater choice."
The news comes in the same week that BT announced it has successfully trialled a world-record fibre connection of 1.4Tbps in partnership with Alcatel-Lucent. While such speeds remain a long way off for regular connections, the demo proves future infrastructure could handle such connections in the future.
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