superfast broadband is being rolled out so quickly that two thirds of UK premises will have access to fibre by the end of 2014 – a year earlier than expected.
BT is bringing forward approximately £300 million of investment over the next few years to fund the accelerated roll-out. These funds form part of BT’s total investment of £2.5 billion in fibre broadband.
What’s more, the company intends to recruit an extra 520 engineers – most of whom will be ex-armed forces - to help with the roll-out of fibre.
Said Ian Livingston, chief executive of BT Group: “Our roll-out of fibre broadband is one of the fastest in the world and so it is great to be ahead of what was an already challenging schedule.”
“The acceleration reflects the success of the programme to date and is testament to the hard work and innovation of our people. We are investing when others are merely talking about it.”
He added: “Thousands of our engineers are busy installing fibre broadband across the UK at an astonishing pace. The recruitment of an additional five hundred engineers will help us go even faster and ensure we are ready to help supply other areas should we win BDUK funds.
“We are proud that most of these jobs will be filled by ex-armed forces personnel,” he said.
BT’s roll-out of fibre broadband is well underway. So far, six million premises already have access to the technology. That figure will leap to ten million in 2012 and then two thirds of premises by the end of 2014.