BT Openreach to bring ultrafast broadband to 3m households by 2020

BT Openreach has pledged to bring ultrafast broadband to three million households by 2020, according to BBC News.

The company said it would speed up its plans to bring fibre connections to homes and businesses, delivering internet services with speeds of from 24 megabits per second to 100 megabits per second.

In the first phase of the roll-out, eight UK cities will be targeted: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, London and Manchester. This is an initial phase in the plan to connect up to 40 cities, towns and boroughs.

However, critics of Openreach said the plans are not enough. Alex Neill of consumer group Which? said: “When you look that 79% of people in Spain have got access to full fibre and yet only 3% of British homes have, clearly consumers will be asking why that is happening, especially when the majority of them have experienced a problem with their broadband in the last year.

Openreach says it has connected 500,000 fibre connections to homes in rural areas. Clive Selley, the chief executive of the company said: “Our focus over the last two years has been to achieve the government’s target of getting 95% superfast coverage. Now having got to 95% the mandate is twofold: fix the last 5% and move on to the upgrade from superfast to ultrafast speeds.”