BT Press Releases

DC11-303                                                                        12 December, 2011

Openreach announces latest phase of fibre roll-out

A further 178 exchanges added to the programme

Openreach today added a further 178 exchanges to its fibre deployment programme. These exchanges 1 – the majority of which will be enabled in 2012 - cover more than 1.8 million homes and businesses.

Once these and previously announced exchanges have been upgraded, Openreach will have completed around 80 per cent of its commercial fibre footprint. This footprint will cover two thirds of UK premises by the end of 2014. More than six million homes and businesses already have access.

Olivia Garfield, CEO of Openreach, said: “We continue to make tremendous strides with our fibre programme. Super-fast broadband is already within reach of more than six million premises today and we are on track to pass ten million premises next year.

“Our ambitions do not stop there. We will make fibre available to two thirds of UK premises by the end of 2014 2 and we want to go even further. It is important that as many premises as possible have access to fibre and so we will bid for the BDUK 3 funds that are available. Our experience in deploying fibre networks at scale and the fact that our open, wholesale network allows competition to thrive in an area makes Openreach an ideal partner for these local/regional broadband initiatives.”

Openreach is transforming broadband speeds across the UK. The current average downstream speed is 6.8Mbps 4 but Openreach’s mainstream fibre broadband product delivers speeds of up to 40Mbps and these will roughly double in 2012 5. The business has also launched a much faster variant in certain locations that will offer speeds of up to 300Mbps in Spring 2012. All Openreach’s fibre products offer upstream speeds that are significantly faster than those experienced today.

Openreach believes government funds – being administered by BDUK – could release further public and private investment that could make fibre available to more than 90 per cent of premises within five to six years.

The wider deployment of fibre – together with further technological innovation – could see most premises have access to speeds of 100Mbps or above and broadband “slow spots” largely eradicated.

Unlike other companies, Openreach offers network access to service providers on an equivalent wholesale basis, supporting a competitive market. For further information on Openreach’s super-fast broadband programme visit www.superfast-openreach.co.uk


1These include 17 new locations in Cornwall that will be upgraded to fibre as part of the Superfast Cornwall project which uses funding from both BT and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
* BT’s deployment plans are subject to an acceptable environment for investment.
2 Due to the current network topography, and the economics of deployment, it is likely that a small minority of premises within the selected exchange areas will not initially be able to be served by fibre-based broadband. Openreach is actively looking at alternative solutions for these locations.
3 Broadband Delivery UK.
4 Ofcom Broadband Speeds Report, published 27 July, 2011
5 Actual headline speeds received will vary depending on individual customer line lengths.



ENDS
Notes to Editors:
List of new exchanges included in next phases of BT’s commercial fibre deployment:

ABERDEEN BALGOWNIE

Scotland

ABERDEEN KINCORTH

Scotland

ABERDEEN LOCHNAGAR

Scotland

ABERDEEN PORTLETHEN

Scotland

ABERDEEN WEST

Scotland

ABERGAVENNY

Wales

AINTREE

North West

ALLOA

Scotland

ARBROATH

Scotland

ARDROSSAN- SALTCOATS

Scotland

ARDWICK

North West

ARKWRIGHT

East Midlands

ARNOLD

East Midlands

ASHINGTON; NORTHUMBERLAND

North East

ASHTON-IN-MAKERFIELD

North West

BARGOED

Wales

BARNWOOD

South West

BASSETT

South East

BEDMINSTER

South West

BILSTON

West Midlands

BISHOPSWORTH

South West

BLYTH; NORTHUMBERLAND

North East

BOOTLE; MERSEYSIDE

North West

BOROUGH GREEN

South East

BOURNE

East Midlands

BRAUNSTONE

East Midlands

BRIDGERULE

South West

BRIERLEY HILL

West Midlands

BRIGG

Yorkshire and The Humber

BRITON FERRY

Wales

BULWELL

East Midlands

CAERLEON

Wales

CHICHESTER

South East

CHURCHTOWN

North West

CIRENCESTER

South West

CLEVELEYS

North West

CONSETT

North East

COSHAM

South East

COWES

South East

CROSSGATES

Yorkshire and The Humber

DALTON-IN-FURNESS

North West

DE- FAIRMUIR DE-

Scotland

DEVONPORT

South West

DEWSBURY

Yorkshire and The Humber

DORCHESTER

South West

DRIFFIELD

Yorkshire and The Humber

DRINGHOUSES

Yorkshire and The Humber

DUMBARTON

Scotland

DUMFRIES

Scotland

DUNDEE BAXTER

Scotland

EASTBOURNE PEVENSEY MARINA

South East

EASTVILLE

South West

ECCLESFIELD

Yorkshire and The Humber

EDINBURGH ABBEYHILL

Scotland

EDINBURGH GRANTON

Scotland

EDINBURGH LEITH

Scotland

EDINBURGH LIBERTON

Scotland

EDINBURGH PORTOBELLO

Scotland

EDINBURGH SOUTH QUEENSFERRY

Scotland

EDINBURGH WESTER HAILES

Scotland

EMSWORTH

South East

EXMOUTH

South West

FAREHAM

South East

FARINGDON

South East

FERNWOOD

South West

FORDHOUSES

West Midlands

GAINSBOROUGH

East Midlands

GEDLING

East Midlands

GLASGOW BARRHEAD

Scotland

GLASGOW BELL

Scotland

GLASGOW CAMBUSLANG

Scotland

GLASGOW DOUGLAS

Scotland

GLASGOW IBROX

Scotland

GLASGOW POLLOK

Scotland

GLASGOW SOUTH

Scotland

GLASGOW SPRINGBURN

Scotland

GLOUCESTER

South West

GOREBRIDGE

Scotland

GRANTHAM

East Midlands

GREAT CROSBY

North West

GREENOCK

Scotland

HAVANT

South East

HEMSWORTH

Yorkshire and The Humber

HENBURY

South West

HEREFORD

West Midlands

HESKETH BANK

North West

HIGHWAY

West Midlands

HINDLEY

North West

HOOK

South East

HORBURY/ OSSETT

Yorkshire and The Humber

HORSELEY FIELDS

West Midlands

HUCKNALL

East Midlands

HUNSLET

Yorkshire and The Humber

HUYTON

North West

ILKESTON

East Midlands

KEIGHLEY

Yorkshire and The Humber

KENDAL

North West

KETTERING

East Midlands

KILMARNOCK

Scotland

KINGSWOOD

South West

KIRKCALDY

Scotland

LEICESTER

East Midlands

LEVEN; FIFE

Scotland

LIVINGSTON

Scotland

LLANDAFF

Wales

LOUTH

East Midlands

LYE

West Midlands

LYMINGTON

South East

MANSFIELD

East Midlands

MIDLAND

West Midlands

MOLD

Wales

MONTFORT

East Midlands

MORRISTON

Wales

NEW MILTON

South East

NEWARK

East Midlands

NEWBRIDGE; GWENT

Wales

NEWCASTLE- UNDER-LYME

West Midlands

NEWPORT; GWENT

Wales

NEWPORT; ISLE OF WHITE

South East

NEWTON ABBOT

South West

NORTHALLERTON

Yorkshire and The Humber

PENN; WEST MIDLANDS

West Midlands

PETERLEE

North East

PONTYPOOL

Wales

PONTYPRIDD

Wales

POOLE

South West

PRESTATYN

Wales

RETFORD

East Midlands

ROATH

Wales

RYDE

South East

SCARBOROUGH

Yorkshire and The Humber

SCUNTHORPE

Yorkshire and The Humber

SELBY

Yorkshire and The Humber

SILEBY

East Midlands

SKELMANTHORPE

Yorkshire and The Humber

SKETTY

Wales

SMALLBROOK

West Midlands

SOUTH ELMSALL

Yorkshire and The Humber

SOUTH SHIELDS

North East

SPALDING MARKET

East Midlands

ST. BARNABAS

East Midlands

ST. HELENS

North West

STANLEY; CO DURHAM

North East

STOKESLEY

Yorkshire and The Humber

STONEHAVEN

Scotland

STOURBRIDGE

West Midlands

SUTTON IN ASHFIELD

East Midlands

TEIGNMOUTH

South West

TELFORD WELLINGTON

West Midlands

TEWKESBURY

South West

TOLL BAR

West Midlands

TONYPANDY

Wales

WALLSEND

North East

WESTON- SUPER- MARE

South West

WICKERSLEY

Yorkshire and The Humber

WIDNES

North West

WIGAN

North West

WOODHOUSE

Yorkshire and The Humber

WREXHAM

Wales

YEOVIL

South West

BOLDON

Yorkshire and The Humber