Openreach announces FTTP pilot locations

Openreach announces FTTP pilot locations

BT Openreach has revealed that eight locations across the UK will become pilot areas for the delivery of FTTP on Demand.

The service offers businesses and consumers ultra-fast 330Mbos broadband connections directly to commercial and residential premises.

Phase one of the pilot will see businesses and residents in High Wycombe, Bristol South and St Agnes, Cornwall become eligible for the service, which BT hopes to roll out on a wider scale in spring 2013.

Edinburgh's Waverley exchange will be added to the pilot in September 2012, while Cardiff, Watford, Basingstoke and Manchester Central will be involved in early 2013.

Mike Galvin, Openreach's managing director of network investment said: "Whilst we believe FTTC will be our mass market consumer product for some time yet, FTTP may be of interest to small and medium-sized businesses and so we want to make it accessible throughout our fibre footprint."

The branch of BT is currently making fibre optic broadband available to businesses around the UK, with ten million premises already able to access the technology.