BT is looking to expand its offering in terms of high-speed fibre networks in London, as the provider reacts to criticism that the industry in general has not done enough to wipe out broadband blackspots.
Critics say that such areas of poor connectivity are holding back the city, and BT wants to make sure that it reaches the vast majority of London-based businesses with its new and improved plan.
The telecoms giant said it will make sure that fibre broadband is now available to an extra 360,000 homes and businesses across the city, taking the number who have access to this service to over the current 95%.
It plans to have this new wave of connectivity completed by the end of 2017, and this latest wave of investment will see BT spend even more than the £150 million it has already committed to installing fibre in the capital.
Gavin Patterson, BT’s Chief Executive, said: “Independent data shows that 95% of London premises can already access fibre broadband, but our aim is to go further. Even though the European Union places the UK top of its five largest countries for broadband, we have never been distracted from the need to go on doing more for those on the slowest speeds.”
Ed Vaizey, the Digital Economy Minister, added: “The digital landscape of the UK is undergoing a dramatic transformation. Today’s BT announcement that it will be extending its rollout of fibre in London is fantastic news for the 360,000 homes and businesses that will benefit, and will help make sure that 95% of the UK can access superfast speeds by 2017.”