BT claims not everyone needs full fibre broadband

BT claims not everyone needs full fibre broadband

BT has claimed that fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband is not a necessity for all of the UK's businesses and residential properties.

The organisation believes that extra performance can be squeezed from the existing copper and fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) technology.

FTTP can deliver speeds of up to 1Gbps, giving businesses an ultra-fast connection to the internet with the potential to boost productivity and efficiency.

However, according to Sean Williams, group strategy director at BT, there are still measures that can be put in place to boost existing copper and FTTC connections to increase their speed.

"FTTP costs five times as much as FTTC and furthermore there is no business case to support it, and technological developments mean there is no need for it. FTTC is a good solution for medium and long term," Mr Williams said.

He told a House of Lords Select Committee that FTTC is still to reach its speed limit and that BT will aim to improve speeds in the future.