BT is considering shelving its £1.5bn high-speed fibre optic broadband network.

Chief executive Ian Livingston said shareholders had rasied concerns over the level of investment and economic return in providing 10 million homes with 100Mbps fibre-based broadband by 2012.

Livingstone admitted a number of shareholders think BT "should hold onto the money".

"We need to have the environment in which our shareholders feel there is a good chance of us making a return. If we cannot have that environment this is not the time to be taking on sure-fire losses," Livingston said.

However another BT spokesperson said: "The project isn't at risk because of the recession. There's nothing that is affecting that investment decision at this moment".

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