BT has announced plans to hook up another 32,000 homes and businesses in the Tech City area of London to its Openreach fibre broadband network.
The rollout will take the number of businesses able to access the fibre Openreach network to 82,000.
BT already offers access to high-grade business lines offering 1Gbps speeds in the heart of London. However, such connections are very expensive and often beyond the budgets of most SMBs and startups.
As such, with this rollout Openreach can ensure fibre services are available to as many businesses as possible, especially SMEs and startups.
The initiative is being funded from Openreach’s own £3bn commercial budget, and once completed will mean that any ISP can offer services using the network, such as TalkTalk, Sky or independent providers.
Tech City UK chief executive Gerard Grech explained that the rollout will be a huge boost to the area, especially for up-and-coming businesses that need high-speed services to boost their work.
"High-speed broadband is the lifeblood of the UK’s digital economy. For London to maintain its standing as a global centre of business, it’s crucial that our digital companies have access to the best possible connectivity,” he said.
“This investment represents a step in the right direction for digital businesses across the capital, and there is a collective responsibility to ensure that high-speed broadband is available to all.”
Grech added that Tech City UK and BT and other service providers that will use the Openreach network to sell services have been working together to identify the best areas to deploy the network to benefit the tech community.
V3 asked for more details on the specific locations of the rollout in the Tech City area, generally covering the east of the city, but did not receive any more information.
Joe Garner, chief executive of Openreach, added that BT will use all its fibre-laying tricks to overcome the difficulties of network deployments in cities.
“Installing fibre in urban areas can be challenging, but thanks to new techniques and extra investment we will now be able to reach hundreds of thousands of additional homes and businesses across London,” he said.
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