British Telecom today announced that it will spend £50 million on commercial fibre as part of an effort to boost connections in 30 cities around the United Kingdom.
The company says more than 400,000 premises will benefit from the investment, which will focus on enabling city cabinets that weren't originally included in BT's commercial plans (due to technical challenges or planning restrictions); deploying fibre to cabinets to serve "multi-dwelling units" like apartment blocks; and laying more fibre, including 'Fibre-to-the-Premises' technology, to build new sites.
"We are reaching vast swathes of rural Britain with our public sector partners but we will upgrade these city areas under our own steam. Businesses in cities already have access to ultra-fast speeds but fibre will give them greater choice," said Mike Galvin, MD Network Investment at BT Openreach.
"The UK is already ahead of its main European rivals when it comes to fibre, and is set to race ahead thanks to the BDUK plans that are already in progress across the country."
BDUK is Broadband Delivery UK, the UK's government's effort to transform the country's broadband by 2015 and is responsible for managing the roll-out of high-speed broadband in rural areas. The eventual goal 95 percent of the UK population in superfast broadband by 2017.
Earlier this week BT announced that it had achieved the fastest ever internet connection in a real-world environment using commercial grade hardware.