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BT to expand fibre-to-the-premises offer
06 February 2012
BT Openreach to expand fibre-to-the-premises installation after successful trial
BT has completed fibre-to-the-premises on demand trials at St Agnes, Cornwall, in the UK. The solution can be used to run additional fibre on demand to users in a fibre-to-the-cabinet-enabled area, providing them with ultra-fast broadband.
Olivia Garfield, CEO of BT’s local loop subsidiary Openreach, said: “FTTP on demand ... could make our fastest speeds available wherever we deploy fibre. This will be welcome news for small businesses who may wish to benefit from the competitive advantage that such speeds provide.”
Earlier, FTTC-enabled areas could not achieve FTTP speeds, but BT’s solution uses the fibre already deployed between the exchange and the street cabinet.
Openreach — which wholesales local loop connections to all operators — will be carrying out more FTTP on demand trials in 2012, aimed at making the service commercially available to communications providers by 2013. BT said it would unveil a faster FTTC broadband option later this year, offering downstream speeds of up to 80 megabits a second and upstream speeds of up to 20 megabits. GTB
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