BT Press Releases

DC11-213                                                                                                    September 13, 2011

Openreach announces latest fibre locations

More than one million extra homes and businesses set to benefit from access to super-fast broadband

Openreach today revealed a further 114 exchanges where it will make fibre-based infrastructure available so that communications providers can deliver super-fast broadband. [1]

The exchanges serve more than one million homes and businesses and are the latest to be added to Openreach’s deployment plan. The latest upgrades are due to be completed by Autumn 2012 and Openreach will reveal further locations over the coming months.

This phase is the latest chapter in BT’s long-term programme to make super-fast broadband available to two-thirds of UK homes and businesses by the end of 2015. The company has pledged to spend £2.5 billion on this programme, subject to there being an acceptable environment for investment.

Unlike other companies, BT will offer access to service providers on an open, wholesale and equivalent basis thereby supporting a competitive market.

Mike Galvin, Openreach managing director for Next Generation Access, said: “I am pleased to be able to reveal the latest locations where we will make fibre broadband available. Our roll out is one of the fastest in the world and we are on track to pass ten million homes and businesses next year before pushing on further.

“Fibre broadband will transform peoples’ experience of the internet and so I am sure the residents and businesses in these areas will welcome the news. No other company is doing as much as Openreach to bring super-fast broadband to the UK.

“We believe that the government’s support makes it possible to get fibre to ninety per cent of homes and so we will be engaging with Broadband Delivery UK and local councils to offer our help and expertise. There is no substitute for experience when it comes to fibre deployment and we have more experience than anyone. We are also committed to offering open and equivalent access so that customers can benefit from a competitive market. Local monopolies benefit no-one and no public funds should go to supporting them”.

Openreach is rolling out fibre-based super-fast broadband to two thirds of the UK by the end of 2015 and is hoping to go further with the support of the public sector. The majority of the roll-out will be based on Fibre to the Cabinet technology (FTTC).

FTTC currently offers download speeds of up to 40Mbps and upstream speeds of 10Mbps but Openreach is planning to roughly double these speeds during 2012. There is also the potential to increase these speeds still further in the future. Fibre to the Premise technology will also be deployed delivering initial speeds of up to 100Mbps.

[1] See full list of exchanges at end of release.

List of new exchanges:


ARCHERS COURT

FOXHALL

MILDENHALL

BALDSLOW

GALASHIELS

MILFORD

BANNOCKBURN

GILLINGHAM, KENT

MILNSBRIDGE

BASILDON

GORLESTON

MOORHILL

BECCLES

GREAT BADDOW

NEWHAVEN

BELSTEAD

GRESFORD

NORWICH THORPE

BEXHILL

HADLEIGH, SUFFOLK

NORWICH WEST

BOGNOR REGIS

HAILSHAM

PADDOCK WOOD

BRIGHTON ROTTINGDEAN

HAMPDEN PARK

PAGHAM

BROADSTAIRS

HASSOCKS

PEEBLES

BRUNDALL

HATFIELD

PERTH

BUNGAY

HEXHAM

POLEGATE

BURSLEDON

HISTON

PURFLEET

CAISTER ON SEA

HOOTON

RAINHAM, KENT

CARLISLE

HYTHE, HAMPSHIRE

RAMSGATE

CASTLETON, GWENT

HYTHE, KENT

RAWDON

CHERRY HINTON

IPSLEY

REDDITCH OLD TOWN

CLACTON-ON-SEA

IPSWICH

RUSTINGTON

COLCHESTER

KIDDERMINSTER

RYHOPE

COSTESSEY

KINGS LYNN

SALISBURY

CUFFLEY

LANCING

SAWBRIDGEWORTH

DANBURY

LEWES

SEAFORD

DOVER

LITTLEHAMPTON

SELSEY

EAST BAY

LOOSE

SHOEBURYNESS

EASTBOURNE PEVENSEY

LOWESTOFT

SHOREHAM

EASTWOOD

MAIDSTONE

SNODLAND

EDINBURGH MORNINGSIDE

MANNINGTREE

SOUTH OCKENDON

FELIXSTOWE

MARINE

SOUTHPORT

FORDINGBRIDGE

MIDDLETON, WEST SUSSEX

SOUTHWICK (SOUTH DOWNS)

 

MIDHURST

STEYNING




STOKE BISHOP

WARE

STORRINGTON

WASHINGTON

STOWMARKET

WELWYN GARDEN

STRATHAVEN

WEYMOUTH

SUDBURY, SUFFOLK

WHITSTABLE

SUNDERLAND

WHITTON, SUFFOLK

SUNDERLAND NORTH

WIVENHOE

THANET

WOODBRIDGE

THETFORD

WORTHING CENTRAL

THORPE BAY

WORTHING SWANDEAN

TILBURY

WORTHING WEST

TIPTREE

WREXHAM NORTH

VANGE