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BT's Chief Executive Gavin Patterson has pledged to to increase fibre broadband coverage beyond the current 95% coverage as part of plans to enhance the UK's connectivity services.

It is one of a several commitments made by the provider, which is also to upgrade Superfast connections to provide Ultrafast access to 10 million premises by the end of 2020.

Mr Patterson claims BT will go “further and faster” on fibre broadband and would "never say no” to providing faster broadband to communities.

He added that the company was to explore innovative funding and technical solutions - a technique that has already provided 90 communities with access.

Citing “success dividend” clauses in contracts covering rollouts co-funded by BT, Whitehall and local councils, he added that BT's efforts would help it exceed the government's current 95% target for fibre availability.

Under the terms of those contracts, BT has to reinvest money in cases where demand overtakes certain levels in areas where public funds have been used.

Around £130 million has already been released in an attempt to help get the UK closer to coverage of 96%, which would mean that a greater proportion of premises across the country would have access to fibre broadband than access to mains gas.

Connectivity is only one part of the plan, with BT also showing a greater willingness to upgrade broadband speeds to Ultrafast connections, which would sit alongside “Ethernet” broadband services

Building on a speech made in January, Patterson claims BT's new services of 300-500Mbps would reach as many as 10 million homes and smaller businesses by the end of 2020.

The company claims that possibilities could even include a 1Gbps service, with connections on offer containing a combination of Fibre-to-the-Premises technology, as well as new G.fast technology, which uses existing Fibre-to-the-Cabinet technology.

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