BT has announced the exchanges where, from early 2010, customers will have access to fibre-based super-fast broadband.
BT’s Openreach division will deploy fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) technology at 29 exchanges across the UK, allowing speeds of up to 40Mb/s – and potentially 60Mb/s - within reach of 500,000 homes and businesses.
Exchanges in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Greater Manchester are in the initial batch of deployments.
BT is also using testing the technology in two rural areas – Calder Valley, near Halifax and Taffs Well, near Cardiff.
BT said that Openreach will deploy the technology, but it will be up to communications providers to develop services based on that technology and to sell them to customers.
The company intends to spend £1.5 billion by 2012 to allow 40% of UK homes and businesses access to fibre-based services.
Steve Robertson, CEO of Openreach, the division of BT responsible for the delivery of the plans, said: “Super-fast broadband is essential to the UK’s future and so it is great to announce this initial set of locations. The wider industry will now be able to plan ahead as we will be making our services available on a wholesale basis.
“We have worked very closely with industry and with local and regional authorities to choose these sites. We are in discussions with many other authorities so expect many similar announcements in the months to come.
Robertson suggested that BT would need more support from the regulator Ofcom to ensure the continued roll out of fast internet servies. "The regulatory picture is complex and whilst Ofcom has given us a very welcome green light, we will require a few more over the coming months,” he said.
Exchanges offering fast broadband
St. Albans, Hertfordshire ,
Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire,
Highams Park, London,
Bury, Greater Manchester,
Didsbury, Greater Manchester,
Failsworth, Greater Manchester,
Heaton Moor, Greater Manchester,
Oldham, Greater Manchester,
Rusholme, Greater Manchester,
Belfast Balmoral, Belfast,
Glasgow Halfway, Glasgow,
Glasgow Western, Glasgow,
Cardiff, Cardiff, Wales
Taffs Well, Rhondda Cynon Taf,
Halifax, West Yorkshire,
Pudsey, West Yorkshire,
Calder Valley, West Yorkshire,
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