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BT to connect more cities to superfast broadband

BT is to invest £50 million to connect more than 30 cities in the UK to fibre broadband.

The telco hopes the investment will make high-speed internet available to more than 400,000 extra customers.

The investment will target three areas: deploying fibre to cabinets serving flats and apartment blocks, activating cabinets in urban areas that missed out on the initial roll-out, and providing fibre connectivity to parts of cities previously unserved by superfast broadband. The last option involves some laying of fibre to the premises.

Mike Galvin, MD Network Investment at Openreach, said: “Our fibre programme is going extremely, connecting homes and businesses across the UK. Businesses in cities might already have access to ultra-fast speeds but fibre will give them greater choice.”

“The UK is already ahead of its main European rivals when it comes to fibre, and is set to race ahead thanks to the BDUK plans that are already in progress across the country.” 

So far the telecoms company has invested around £2.5 billion in fibre and its current fibre footprint covers 18 million premises, around three-quarters of the UK.

“We are reaching vast swathes of rural Britain with our public sector partners but we will upgrade these city areas under our own steam. Businesses in cities already have access to ultra-fast speeds but fibre will give them greater choice,” said Galvin.

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