BT announces investment to expand fibre broadband rollout in London Borough of Bromley
Over 9.000 further local homes and businesses will be able to benefit from new investment
BT today announced plans for an expansion of high-speed fibre broadband in the London Borough of Bromley.
Openreach, BT’s local network business, will make fibre available to an additional 9,444 localhomes and businesses in the next two years, taking the company’s total coverage for fibre in the borough to nearly 130,000 premises.
The new investment in Bromley is part of a city-wide programme that will increase fibre coverage in London, which already stands at 95% according to independent analysis by Thinkbroadband.com.* The Openreach fibre network is already the largest in London, covering nearly three million homes and businesses.
BT is spending more than £3 billion on Openreach’s deployment of fibre across the UK, and the work in Bromley is part of an additional £50 million that the company earmarked for UK cities last year.
London is already one of the best connected cities in the world, with every business in the capital able to access speeds of 1Gb/s and above through special high capacity ultrafast dedicated lines. An independent study** already rates London second only to Seoul as the best in the world for broadband quality.
Joe Garner, chief executive of Openreach, said: “Openreach engineers have been working flat out to bring fibre to more than 23 million homes and businesses across the country in record time - and the number is continuing to grow rapidly. Our investment has helped make the UK’s broadband infrastructure among the best in Europe.
“Installing fibre in urban areas can be challenging, but thanks to new techniques and extra investment we will now be able to reach hundreds of thousands of additional homes and businesses across London.”
Jo Johnson MP said: “BT’s investment in superfast fibre broadband in Bromley is a further step towards achieving universal coverage in the borough.
“I am delighted to support the addition of over 9,000 premises to BT’s network. This will benefit both local residents and businesses.
“I will continue to work with stakeholders from across the board to ensure that the development of superfast broadband is sustained to incorporate even more coverage in the borough’s rural areas, such as in the villages of Downe, Cudham and Chelsfield.”
BT’s new investment is focusing on three areas:
- Upgrading city cabinets that weren’t part of the original commercial plans due to technical challenges or local planning restrictions
- Rolling out ‘fibre to the remote node’ (FTTRN) and to fibre broadband cabinets that serve multi-dwelling units, such as apartment blocks
- Continuing to ensure the new fibre network is available on an ‘equivalent’ basis to all internet service providers that use the Openreach network. That means companies competing with BT Consumer and BT Business can deliver faster broadband to their customers, paying Openreach the same as BT’s own divisions.
Openreach’s fibre network is open to all broadband service providers on equal terms, ensuring that businesses and consumers benefit from intense competition, a wide choice of supplier and low prices.
Notes to editors
*The 95% estimate is sourced from ThinkBroadband, using Ofcom and other information and pertains to overall coverage across both Openreach and rival networks
**PwC’s “Cities of Opportunity 6” report, page 23
FTTRN involves the fibre optic cable being taken to a significantly smaller remote cabinetand these can be positioned on nearby telegraph poles or inside manholes even closer to homes.