BT uses ‘fibre to the basement’ broadband deployments for inner city speed boosts

BT hopes its new fibre deployment method will bring better services to dense inner city areas

BT has announced the successful trial of a new form of fibre broadband deployment that could solve the problems involved in getting faster services to inner city areas.

BT has been criticised in the past for not providing high speed services to businesses in the City of London area.

This is owing to the problems presented by deployments in inner city areas, as Openreach CEO Joe Garner explained.  

“City-centre locations present unique challenges when it comes to upgrading consumer broadband,” he said.

“For example, there is less room for us to install a fibre cabinet on the pavement, and it is often harder to get permission to close roads to do the work.

“We also need to secure permission from multiple landlords to run new cables across their land and properties.”

However, BT has trialled a new system called ‘fibre to the basement’ that directly integrates fibre broadband kit into the basement of a building, rather than requiring access to street furniture.

BT has used this method to boost services to 225 homes in the Middlesex Street Estate and around 50 SMEs based at 65 London Wall. This will bring speeds of 80Mbps, compared with previous speeds of up to 20Mbps.

Garner said that this could prove a viable solution to the problems that have hindered such rollouts.

“We are optimistic that this new solution will prove that fibre broadband can be installed into building basements quickly, smoothly and economically,” he said.

“It could also have the added benefit of being less disruptive for our customers and the general public.”

The rollout comes amid a period of intense activity at BT as it brings fibre services to some of the most remote areas of the UK.

The company is also in the process of negotiating the acquisition of mobile operator EE for £12.5bn.

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22 December 2014 | 11:52 am – Source: v3.co.uk

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