BT makes an Olympic FTTC effort ahead of 2012 Games

Just in time for the London 2012 Olympic games, BT (NYSE: BT) plans to now make its Fiber to the Curb (FTTC)-based services available to an additional 114 London telephone exchanges.

Under this accelerated roll out plan, an estimated 87 percent of London homes and businesses will be able get 40 Mbps speeds by next Spring--a year ahead of the Olympic games. As part of the accelerated plan announced last December, BT will make its 40 Mbps service available to about four million customer lines in high density areas in London or the southeast.

An obvious move to compete with Virgin's DOCSIS 3.0 50 Mbps service, BT's 40 Mbps speeds will come in handy for consumers that want to watch Olympic Games via the web.

At the same time, BT continues to expand the reach of its Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) capabilities. By 2012, the FTTP network, which will be available to other service providers via its Openreach division, will pass 2.5 million homes and businesses.  Last but certainly not least is BT's copper network. To date, 90 percent of residential and business customers that reside in Greater London can get up to 20 Mbps speeds via ADSL2+.  

BT's planned London rollout

BT's planned London rollout: coverage by 2011 (SOURCE: BT)

For more:
- see the release here
- The Register has this article

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