BT forges on with fibre roll-out

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BT is rolling out fibre optic broadband across the UK at a steady pace, but only 15% of fibre-ready premises have signed up for the superfast internet service. So what is going on ?

BT have made huge investments allowing millions business premises in the UK.

BT Sevenoaks workstyle building

BT claim that there has been a 15% (3 million) of the homes and businesses eligible for BT fibre have signed up to the network.

BT revenues decline

BT Global Services, BT Business and BT Wholesale all declined in revenue, while its consumer business grew 10% to £1bn partly due to its popular BT Sport TV offering. The company said it now has 19,000 pubs, clubs, hotels and other commercial premises signed up to the TV channel.

Rural broadband

BT is at the centre of some controversy over the roll-out of superfast broadband in rural areas. Some might say its a postcode lottery. The Goverment’s goal of bringing superfast broadband to 95% of the population by 2017 is looking more like a political choice to achieve rather than what it should be in bring superfast broadband to  rural area. Lancashire and our neighbours in Yorkshire and Cumbria probably has some of the largest pockets of rural villages in the UK. So far towns that are between or on the route between to large conurbations are lucky, where as village out in the stick will lose out.

By the end of July 2013, 29 councils had already signed contracts, including our own council in Lancashire, with the telecoms firm and BDUK, BT and the local authority have details of where the fibre would reach – and where it would not.

So if you are in  unlucky enough to be in  the Shetland Islands, Herefordshire, Aberdeenshire and Moray as just some of the areas BT mention, then you are still expected to receive poor broadband speeds by 2017.

Its no surprise really that the southern parts of the England will be amongst the best parts of the UK for “Superfast Coverage”. Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Brighton and Hove stated as being  among the 10 best parts of the UK.

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