Ipsley, Kidderminster, Milford and Redditch are included in latest phase of BT’s £2.5 billion super-fast fibre broadband programme. Another 34,000 homes and businesses in the West Midlands are set to benefit from super-fast broadband, BT announced today.
Ipsley, Kidderminster and Redditch Old Town in Worcestershire and Milford in North Staffordshire are among the latest places included in BT’s £2.5 billion roll-out of fibre broadband. The latest upgrades are due to be completed by Autumn 2012 and will take the number of homes and businesses in the West Midlands able to access the technology to more than 855,000.
BT’s local network business Openreach expects to make super-fast fibre broadband available to two-thirds of UK homes and businesses by the end of 2015*. It is building the new network using a mix of fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) and fibre to the premises (FTTP) technologies. Both provide much faster speeds than those previously available to many UK homes and businesses. FTTC, delivered to street cabinets, currently offers download speeds of up to 40Mbps and upstream speeds up to 10Mbps. Openreach is planning to roughly double these speeds next year. FTTP, where the fibre goes directly to homes and businesses, will offer speeds of up to 100Mbps.
John Dovey, BT’s West Midlands regional director, said: “BT’s roll-out of super-fast broadband is marching on at a rapid pace. Residents and businesses in these latest locations can look forward to choosing a high-speed connection over a network offering an unrivalled choice of suppliers, which keeps competition thriving and costs down. “Our latest investment in the West Midlands will propel internet users at home and at work into the 21st century fast lane, and marks another milestone in the development of the region’s next generation communications. We have plans to take super-fast broadband to two-thirds of the UK by the end of 2015 but we don’t want to stop there. We have long said reaching the largely rural and remote ‘final third’ will require a partnership approach and we welcome the fact that the UK government has recently allocated funding of hundreds of millions of pounds for next generation broadband initiatives for these more challenging areas. BT has the strength and the commitment to deliver large-scale broadband projects and we want to play a leading role in bringing faster technologies to our rural communities. As today’s investment demonstrates, BT is playing its part in delivering faster broadband across the UK – but there needs to be a collective effort to ensure no part of the West Midlands is left behind.”
Internet users with a fibre broadband connection can do much more online, all at the same time. For instance, a family could be downloading a movie, watching a TV replay service, surfing the internet and playing games online. A music track can be downloaded in about two seconds, a whole album in 30 seconds and a feature length HD movie in 10 minutes. Upload speeds are the fastest in the UK, allowing large videos and data files to be sent almost instantly and activities, such as uploading hi-resolution photos to Facebook, to be completed in seconds. Unlike other companies, Openreach offers network access to service providers on an open, wholesale basis, supporting a competitive market. For further information on Openreach’s super-fast broadband programme visit www.superfast-openreach.co.uk
Karen Lumley, MP said “I am delighted to hear of the new Superfast Broadband program from BT. I’m sure that this new technology will have a positive impact on home owners and businesses alike in the area allowing them faster access to Broadband and all the benefits associated with this – A fantastic step forward for the area”.