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BT is no longer working to its original targets for fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband coverage, outlined in 2009.

Four years ago, the broadband provider committed to make FTTP broadband available to 2.5 million UK homes and businesses, reports

However, since then BT has focused largely on rolling out fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) broadband services nationwide.

Only a relatively small proportion of premises have access to a full-fibre connection offering speeds of up to 330Mb.

Speaking to, a spokesperson for Openreach - the division responsible for managing BT's network - said the 2.5 million figure was provided many years ago and was always an estimate as opposed to a firm target.

"It is far less relevant today given that we've doubled the speeds available via FTTC and from the end of this month we're starting to make FTTP available on demand," she stated.

"This will allow more customers to upgrade to the ultra-fast speeds offered by FTTP should they wish to."

The spokesperson said that by focusing on FTTC services, BT has been able to bring the benefits of fibre "to a far bigger footprint over a much shorter period of time".

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