BT’s Openreach division has announced plans to deploy fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) internet connections to businesses in Bradford.
The connections will offer speeds of 1Gbps to companies in the city’s Kirkgate High Street and Listerhills Science Park.
BT said that the offering could help the firm to develop a fully-fledged 1Gbps business broadband package, but priced for SMBs which would otherwise have to shell out for Ethernet connections.
BT has also announced that it will continue trials of high-speed G.fast internet services in Cherry Hinton in Cambridgeshire and Gillingham in Kent.
Some 25,000 homes and businesses will be able to use the service, offering speeds of up to 300Mbps, once the work has been done on the networks to deliver G.fast, BT said.
Finally the firm said that it has agreed a deal with the Home Builders Federation to install fibre connections for free at developments with 250 houses or more. Smaller developments will be offered joint finance options to fund rollouts.
Newly installed BT Openreach CEO Clive Selley explained that the mix of announcements underlines the firm’s intention to bring ever-faster internet speeds to everyone in the UK.
“I’m determined to roll out ultrafast broadband, and G.fast technology is the best way to deliver that to the majority of the UK as quickly as possible. We also plan to roll out significantly more FTTP, and we’re trialling a range of options in Bradford to use that technology increasingly in the future - wherever it makes sense," he said.
“A large number of new housing developments will also get FTTP infrastructure built for free under our latest plans, so that’s great news for developers and homeowners too.”
The plans come in the aftermath of Ofcom's recent Digital Communications Review, which said that Openreach should remain part of BT but open access to its infrastructure to rivals to boost broadband innovation.
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