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Introduction Tim O'Sullivan

Tackling the ‘last 5%’


BT has invested billions of pounds to roll out fibre as far as possible. With additional Government funding managed through Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), BT has extended fibre to more challenging rural areas through partnerships across the UK, to help the Government meet its target of 95% of the UK with superfast broadband by 2017. The rollout is advanced and 25m premises have now been passed. We want to expand fibre reach even further and aim to leave no community behind. And we are ready to play our part in delivering the Government’s 10Mbps USO.

But the next challenge is reaching the last 5% of UK premises that don’t yet have broadband or aren’t covered by any roll-out plans. However, there are strategies in place that will help ensure these premises, which are amongst the most difficult to reach with superfast broadband, can benefit. These include Community Fibre Broadband Partnerships, new build sites, satellite broadband and plans for ultrafast services (over 300Mbps).

Community Fibre Broadband Partnerships

BT’s ambition is to ‘never say no' and work together with local communities to agree a suitable and affordable option to bring fibre to an area. The community fibre partnership scheme is designed to enable this. A dedicated team is focused on helping communities understand what we can do, as well as to support them to bring faster broadband to parts of the UK not covered by existing rollout plans.

We work with communities to find out if a community project could be right for their area and provide the tools to understand and establish local demand. We have set up a partnership with a crowdfunding organisation called Spacehive to help hard-to-reach communities via a package of co-funding and support. For further information and community fibre case studies visit

New-build sites

High-speed broadband connectivity is a major factor for homeowners when deciding to buy a house. BT has been working with the Government and house-builder organisations on agreements which will deliver superfast broadband connectivity to new build properties in the UK. This will see fibre-based broadband offered to all new developments either for free or as part of a co-funded initiative. It is estimated that more than half of all new-build properties can be connected to fibre broadband free of charge to developers. For more information please visit

Satellite broadband

BT is working with BDUK and local authorities to deliver satellite broadband in remote areas where businesses and homes cannot access a usable broadband service. BT’s subsidised satellite broadband service offers consumers and businesses a choice of affordable high-speed broadband packages from a range of retail service providers. Further details can be found on the BT Media &Broadcast


Plans for ultrafast services

BT wants to take the UK from a superfast nation to an ultrafast one and already has trials underway and more planned. Openreach plans to deliver ultrafast speeds to 10 million premises by 2020, and to the majority of the UK within a decade, through a combination of fibre-to-the premises and new G.Fast

technology with speeds of up to 1Gbps.

If you wish to find out more or discuss any of these areas please contact your BT Regional Partnership Director. Visit to find out more about your region and who to contact.

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