BT is rolling-out its fibre broadband to 66 exchanges in the UK, giving a further one million homes and businesses access to superfast net connection by 2012.
The telecoms company says that by the end of June five million premises in the UK will have access to its fibre-based net connection. The majority of the announced exchanges, which are located across the UK, will be enabled next year. However, some are expected to go live by the end of 2011.
Upgrading the exchanges to handle fibre is part of part of a £2.5bn scheme to give two thirds of the UK access to fibre broadband by 2015.
"We are well on our way to passing 10 million in 2012 and two-thirds of UK premises by the end of 2015," said Liv Garfield, CEO for BT Openreach, the department of the telecoms company responsible for rolling-out the infrastructure.
Furthermore, BT also revealed it is conducting a trial of 'white spaces' or the Ultra High Frequency (UHF) spectrum which is used for digital TV, for rolling out broadband connections in the Isle of Bute. The trial, which is being run in conjunction with the University of Strathclyde, BBC Research and Development, Steepest Ascent, Berg Design and Netpropagate, hopes to establish whether the technology would be viable for bringing 2Mbps or above broadband to areas of the UK that currently don't have fast net access.
"The final ten per cent of the UK is going to be the hardest to reach with fixed line super-fast broadband and so we are busy trialling other technologies. One of these is based on white space and I'm glad to say the initial results are very encouraging. It's early days but our hope is that this technology may provide an effective solution for 'not spots' and 'slow spots'".