A BT-Free Openreach is Thinking About Increasing its Broadband Rollout Targets

By Tom Pritchard on at

Now that Openreach has been surgically removed from BT, it's hoped that the UK's broadband infrastructure will end up better and cheaper. Today it's announced that it might be taking one step towards making things nicer for everyone, because its considering increasing previously announced goals regarding the rollout of FTTP broadband.

FTTP (aka Fibre to the Premises) is when the fibre connection goes straight into your house, rather than that green box half a mile down the road. The company has announced it will be holding a consultation about expanding upon the FTTP rollout promised to us by BT.

Those goals are currently set to add broadband with at least 100 Mbps to 12 million homes and businesses by the end of 2020. The only problem with it is that under those plans, only two million homes would receive 'full' fibre connectivity. The other 10 million would be stuck with Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC), which relies on regular old copper wires to complete the final stages of the internet journey.

Openreach CEO Clive Selley believes that "with the right conditions" FTTP connections could be installed into 10 million homes and businesses by the mid-20s.

The consultation is due to begin this summer, weighing up the pros and cons of an increased rollout and trying to figure out where they're going to get the money to fund it. The funding is the most important thing, naturally, and its probably going to be up to the likes of the government and internet providers to sort that out.

A second consultation will also be happening in the near future, focussing on increasing speeds in rural areas and improving the connection on long copper wire connections. These plans are to ensure everyone in the country gets access to broadband speeds of 10Mbps or higher. [TechRadar]

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