BT is continuing to roll out fibre broadband around the UK, as the firm aims to increase consumer access to its super-fast Infinity service.
The broadband provider is in the process of investing £2.5 billion in its telecoms infrastructure, and according to Bill Murphy, Managing Director of Next Generation Access, is "starting to deliver" on its promises.
Mr Murphy explained that BT is aiming to deliver super-fast broadband – download speeds of greater than 24Mb – to two-thirds of the UK population.
He said the ongoing fibre rollout is the largest capital programme BT has ever undertaken, and consumers and businesses will be the principle beneficiaries by virtue of faster broadband speeds.
BT is rolling out both fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) services, which offer up to 40Mb downloads and 10Mb uploads, and fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband, which offers 100Mb and 20Mb, around the UK.
"We've passed 5.3 million premises approximately and we're reaching about 80,000 premises a week right now," Mr Murphy noted.
He claimed that there is "a need for speed" among web users, with consumers desiring an improved customer experience.
"There is no question [that] heavy users of the internet want higher speeds and they are well served here in the UK," Mr Murphy added.
"Some 20 million people use broadband today to access the internet and still it is growing by about 25,000 a week."
He explained that businesses in particular are looking for higher speed services, as are gamers, families with multiple internet users and individuals who work from home.
BT is not the only private sector broadband provider currently investing in its UK telecoms infrastructure.
Rival firm Virgin Media is also extending its super-fast network, which currently passes approximately 25 per cent of UK homes.
Launched in December 2010, the company's fibre broadband service – currently accessible to around six million homes – offers download speeds up to 100Mb.