BT has redrawn the map of its commercial superfast broadband rollout, adding nine more locations to its plan.
This will benefit an extra 58,000 homes and businesses connected to the nine exchanges, the majority of which are in Essex.
BT says that properties connected to these exchanges will be able to order fibre-based FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) broadband by Spring 2014. By that time, BT aims to have 19 million locations able to get fibre broadband.
Read Recombu Digital’s guide to BT’s Broadband Rollout plansThe locations of the exchanges are:
- Great Wakering (Essex)
- Holland on Sea (Essex)
- Horton Bank (West Yorkshire)
- Hoyland (South Yorkshire)
- Ingatestone (Essex)
- Jarrow (Tyne and Wear)
- Kenton (Tyne and Wear)
- Lower Shelton (Bedfordshire)
- West Mercia (Essex)
This isn’t the first time that BT has reconsidered its Essex plans. Last year it was announced that 16,000 previously overlooked locations across Kirby-le-Soken, Kirby Cross and Great Holland were to be brought into the fibre fold.
As well as this, extra planning work by BT means that an extra 78,000 locations across the UK will also benefit from superfast upgrades. These are all in areas connected to BT exchanges that have been previously green lit for upgrades.
BT has spent £2.5 billion of its own money on upgrading two-thirds of its UK network. Under the Broadband Delivery for the UK (BDUK) programme, BT looks set to bring fibre-based broadband speeds to remote and rural areas where commercial investment normally wouldn’t happen.