BT brings fibre broadband rollout forward Two thirds of UK will have fibre access by 2014
31 October 2011
BT has today announced a boost to its fibre broadband plans with two-thirds of UK premises due to have access by 2014, a year earlier than originally planned.
The telecoms giant says it's planning to hire force of 520 extra engineers, and bring forward around £300 million of investment over the next few years, to fund the faster roll out.
Currently six million premises have access to BT's super-fast broadband technology.
Government plans for super-fast broadband
The ultimate aim is to make sure 90% of homes and businesses to have access to super-fast broadband. The Government wants to ensure the UK has the best super-fast broadband network in Europe by 2015.
Back in August, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced a million pound investment to make this happen in less-populated rural areas. The Government is however, relying on private companies such as BT and Virgin Media make super-fast broadband available to two-thirds of the UK.
Super-fast broadband options
BT's main competition in this area is Virgin Media, which today announced the launch of packages with Spotify after the two companies linked up earlier this year. New customers, or existing customers who sign up for a new contract, with Virgin Media's super-fast fibre broadband service will get Spotify's Premium ad-free service included for six months.
Virgin Media offers up to 50Mbps and 100Mbps broadband services, while BT's Infinity service offers up to 40Mbps speeds.
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