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BT rolls out fibre to a further 66 exchanges

Five million premises will have access to fast net connection by end of this month

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'".

 
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Brits send an average of 24 emails per day

More than half of workers would rather email than call a colleague

More than nine in ten (91 percent) Brits have an email account, with the average user sending around 24 emails per day, says Sky Broadband.

Research by the UK ISP, which was conducted to mark the 40th anniversary of email as well as the birthday of the godfather of the web Sir Tim-Berners-Lee, also revealed more than half (51 percent) of UK workers are more likey to send an email to a colleague rather than make a phone call. A quarter (25 percent) of office staff also said they'd panic if their boss could see all of the emails they'd sent from their work account.

Furthermore, 42 percent of Brits haven't sent a handwritten letter in more than six month and 11 percent admitted to flirting with someone they shouldn't over email. Meanwhile, 21 percent of Brits access their emails while on the move from their mobile phones.

The survey also revealed that broadband access topped a list of items that Brits can't live without, beating chocolate, sex and even mobile phones. More than three quarters (78 percent) said the internet helped save time while 70 percent claimed it makes their life easier.

When it comes to what we use the internet for, 25 percent said they download or stream music each week, while 63 percent said the web was a source of entertainment and fun. More than a third (37 percent) shop online, with the south east being named the UK's online buying capital after 42 percent of residents admit they regularly shop online. More than six in ten (61 percent) use social networks each week as well.

"While obviously most of us will use the internet for a multitude of reasons, it's really interesting to see that the peaks in activity really do vary and spike across the nation," said Jon Blumberg, Commercial Director at Sky Broadband.


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