Jan 26, 2018

BT raises targets for superfast fibre optic broadband

Openreach, the BT division which maintains and develops most of the UK's telecoms network, will also outline where in the country it plans to install fibre optic cables capable of delivering speeds of 1 gigabit per second. BT has come under increasing pressure from politicians, business and consumer groups to invest more in full fibre. Sharon White, head of regulator Ofcom, said last year that full fibre was a "National priority", and accused BT of holding the country back by not investing. BT rival Vodafone announced last year it was investing directly in its own full fibre network as part of a partnership with CityFibre, with plans to connect 1m homes and businesses across 12 cities by 2021.Recommended. It has proposed that the wholesale cost of a broadband line should be increased by £7 to offset the cost of building the full fibre network, whether the end customer wants ultrafast broadband or not.

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