BT’s fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network is now said to pass almost 150,000 premises, according to ISPreview, which cites comments made by a member of the fixed line incumbent’s internet service provider (ISP) unit PlusNet’s products team. With BT having last year abandoned a commitment made back in 2009 to make FTTP-based connectivity available to around 2.5 million premises, information regarding the rollout of the technology has been scant. With the network believed to cover around 95,000 premises, of which some 7,000 had signed up for a service, around two years ago, Dave Tomlinson, a member of PlusNet’s products team revealed the current coverage level at a recent broadband technology debate, stating: ‘We work very closely with both Openreach and BTW regarding both fibre-to-the cabinet (FTTC) and FTTP. We’ve been there since the start of both products and FTTP-on-demand (FTTPoD) and they listen to our feedback … Contracts are being signed with new housing developments so that they get FTTP as standard and there are a number of existing MDUs (blocks of flats) getting FTTP. FTTP coverage is nearly 150,000 properties with more being added each week.’
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