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BT has come under fire from a rival service provider for installing copper broadband connections in a new-build apartment block in London.

Piers Daniell, Managing Director of Fluidata, explained how he was shocked to find his new Bermondsey flat had been overlooked for a super-fast fibre connection.

He questioned BT's decision to install ADSL broadband in the building, saying the firm had used "100-year-old technology" rather than futureproofing the development with super-fast connectivity.

"Let’s remind ourselves this is not a flat in Worcestershire. This is not a building hundreds of years old. This is a building built from the ground up in 2013," Mr Daniell stated.

"This is a building within a stone’s throw of the City of London, arguably the capital of the world. And what do I have to deliver my internet access? Two strands of copper."

He said the decision to deploy ADSL broadband is "like building a new airport and not making the runway long enough to take the new Airbus Jumbo".

Mr Daniell said his connection may cope with the bandwidth demands put on it today, but it will not be up to the challenge in the future, particularly when 4K TV goes mainstream.

He questioned how BT can justify using old technology for completely new sites when it has persuaded most of the UK's local authorities to contract its services for the rollout of fibre broadband.

BT is the sole bidder in the Broadband Delivery UK infrastructure scheme, which will see £530 million of public funds invested in fibre broadband for rural parts of the UK.

"Surely as a country we should be demanding nothing less than fibre into every home," Mr Daniell added.

"Gigaclear, City Fibre, IFNL, Hyperoptic among others can deliver 1Gb speeds. But when BT are given a clean sheet of paper they can’t?"

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