As part of the UK’s plan to get Britain one of the best super-fast broadband networks in the world by 2015, British Telecom is set to trial the rollout of 100 gigabit fibre-optic broadband in Suffolk and also add 40 rural market towns to its existing fibre rollout plans according to the BBC.
Currently less than 1% of UK households have super-fast broadband and the new trial is due to start early in 2011 and is intended to demonstrate the speed capabilities of the companies Fibre to the home (FTTH) technologies. Currently, much of their plans is focused on FTTC which will only take the fibre-optic networks to junction cabinets on the street.
Despite BT’s determination to deliver FTTH only 25% of homes will benefit from this and most will be newer properties.
The announcement comes ahead of a speech next week by UK Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who will set out the government’s broadband strategy for the next four years of this current coalition government.
“I will be setting out on Monday how we can do even more to boost broadband roll-out – by stimulating competition and creating an environment in which business can flourish by removing barriers and cutting costs” he said in a statement.
The government is set to provide £830m to companies willing to offer fast broadband to rural areas where it has been difficult getting quick and stable connections. BT says that funding could provide fibre broadband to 90% of the UK, though current estimates are more conservative at 66%.