BT has announced fibre broadband will be available to five million homes and businesses by the end of the month.
The latest phase in BT’s roll-out reveals a further 66 locations, spread across Britain, planned to have fibre-enabled exchanges. This will allow telecoms providers to deliver super-fast broadband in these areas.
Most of the locations will be enabled during 2012, with others going live by the end of this year, adding another one million homes and businesses to the total.
Today’s announcement is part of BT’s long-term plan to make super-fast broadband available to two-thirds of the UK by the end of 2015.
Find out more about super-fast broadband and the truth behind the high-speed claims.
BT wireless broadband trials
BT also revealed it has been looking into a new wireless broadband technology on the Isle of Bute. It is conducting trials to see if ‘white spaces’ in the Ultra High Frequency (UHF) TV spectrum can be used to deliver high speed broadband to hard to reach areas.
Due to the switchover to digital TV there are more unused parts of the digital TV spectrum or ‘white space’. BT Openreach is seeing if this can be used to assist homes that currently receive no broadband service or a very slow service. It says initial results have been promising and will be undertaking further tests.
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