BT has announced that some 20,000 extra premises will be connected to superfast broadband under its plans to get two-thirds of the UK connected by 2015.
Homes and businesses in and around Devon, Somerset, Scunthorope and North Yorkshire will benefit from a number of additional fibre-based broadband connections after a rollout map redraw by BT.
An extra 10,000 homes across Sidmouth and St. Budeaux in Plymouth, St. Marychurch in Torquay, Tiverton, Barnstaple and Brixham will be connected later this year, bringing the total number of connected premises across Devon to almost 300,000 by Summer 2014.
Some 2,500 extra homes and businesses in Scunthorpe will be able to order superfast broadband by the end of Spring 2014 – more than 19,000 premises can currently order it in.
In South Yorkshire, 7,500 more homes and businesses in the county stand to be able to connect to faster download speeds as BT connects more premises to its fibre broadband network.
BT’s fibre network, which BT now says is the largest commercial FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) network in the UK, is available in 13 million locations. Right now, just 7 per cent of those connected have elected to order BT superfast broadband.
BT’s commercial endeavour to connect two-thirds of the UK by 2015 is separate to the BDUK plans, which has seen BT handed contracts to connect roughly 90 per cent of a county, counties or an entire country (in the case of the Welsh contract) to superfast speeds by 2016.
BDUK defines ‘superfast’ as a broadband connection delivering 30Mbps download speeds, something which BT’s FTTC will be able to deliver in most cases. In the cases where a subscriber’s home is too far away from a street cabinet for FTTC to make a difference, BT won’t be initially connecting these properties as it doesn’t make commercial sense for it to do so.
Later this year, BT will reveal details of its FTTP On Demand programme, which will allow subscribers to invest in FTTP lines which provide a faster and more reliable experience for a one-off fee.