British fixed line incumbent BT has announced plans to invest an additional GBP50 million (USD60.2 million) in its commercial fibre broadband programme over the next three years. In announcing the plans, the telco noted that the increased funding will benefit more than 30 cities, with more than 400,000 additional premises now set to gain access to the operator’s superfast broadband services. According to BT, the additional funding will be directed towards three areas, those being: the enabling of city cabinets that were not part of its original commercial plans due to technical challenges or local planning restrictions; the deployment of fibre to cabinets to serve multi-dwelling units such as apartment blocks; and the laying of further fibre – including fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology – to new build sites in cities. In a press release confirming the development, BT highlighted the fact that it is now spending more than GBP3 billion on the rollout of fibre-based broadband, and noted that its open access fibre infrastructure already passes more than 18 million homes and businesses.
Commenting on the progress of the rollout programme, Mike Galvin, MD Network Investment at Openreach, BT’s network arm, was cited as saying: ‘Our fibre programme is going extremely well with our engineers connecting homes and businesses across the UK. Some city areas have proved challenging in the past but we are returning to those and will pass hundreds of thousands of additional premises with fibre.’