More Worcester exchanges added to BT's super-fast broadband programme

Nine more Worcester exchange areas are expected to be upgraded by Autumn 2011 in BT's £2.5 billion plans for super-fast broadband. Areas include Headless Cross in Redditch and Hillside in the Bromsgrove area. They follow: Bromsgrove, Droitwich, Evesham, Fernhill Heath, Worcester city, Worcester St Johns and Worcester St Peters exchange areas, announced earlier this year.

Openreach, BT’s local network business, is carrying out the upgrades. The technology will be available on an open, wholesale basis to all companies providing broadband services.

BT is investing up to £2.5 billion to deliver fibre broadband to two thirds of UK homes and businesses, subject to an acceptable environment for investment. It’s the largest single commercial investment in fibre-based broadband ever undertaken in the UK, and one of the biggest civil engineering projects running at this time.

Super-fast broadband, using fibre to street cabinets (FTTC), offers much faster download speeds of up to 40Mbps, potentially rising to 60Mbps, and upstream speeds of 10Mbps, which could rise to 15Mbps in the future. BT is also trialling fibre to the premise (FTTP) broadband services, at download speeds of up to 100Mbps. 

BT’s fibre plans build on existing initiatives such as the upgrade of its existing copper network to deliver faster broadband as part of its pioneering 21st Century Network. This is set to offer speeds of up to 20Mbps to around 20 million homes using the existing copper network by next spring, with exchanges serving 55 per cent of UK homes and businesses already enabled. 

Further information about the roll-out, including demos showing the difference super-fast broadband makes, is available at

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