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Direct competition from other broadband providers could encourage BT to deploy full-fibre network technology, it has been claimed.

Andi Soric, Account Manager at Fluidata, explained how his new flat has a choice of fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) service providers, after BT moved in to challenge Hyperoptic.

In most cases around the UK, BT has deployed fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) broadband technology, which offers speeds of up to 80Mb, as opposed to FTTP, which can deliver up to 330Mb.

BT has claimed there is insufficient demand for the premium FTTP broadband product, which costs significantly more to install and, as such, is more expensive for end-users.

But Mr Soric believes BT will deploy FTTP broadband in areas where it is challenged by rival fibre service providers.

Writing for the Fluidata blog, he explained how his new London flat has been equipped with direct access to Hyperoptic's fibre broadband network, making it simple to sign up for super-fast services.

"But I noticed, the flat also had a BT Openreach router installed for FTTP from BT as an alternative," Mr Soric stated.

"I found it strange that BT and Hyperoptic have both deployed FTTP into all flats so efficiently, then I realised it must be in relation to direct competition."

He said it is "great" to have been given two different options for high-speed next-generation connectivity.

"Not only does it show that BT can deploy FTTP technology, but they will when faced with direct competition," Mr Soric added.

Last month, Piers Daniell, Managing Director of Fluidata, criticised BT after he discovered his new-build London flat had been equipped with ADSL copper broadband technology rather than fibre - either FTTC or FTTP.

He questioned why a new apartment block "within a stone’s throw of the City of London" would not be futureproofed with next-generation connectivity.

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