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BT confirms timetable for broadband roll out



 
 
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June 30, 2004


BT confirms timetable for broadband roll out

BT today provided clarity for more than a thousand communities across
the UK by setting dates for when they will have access to broadband.
The move follows an earlier announcement that BT would be rolling out
broadband so that 99.6 per cent of UK households are connected to
broadband exchanges by August 2005.

The roll out is the latest stage of an ongoing investment by BT that
has already seen more than one billion pounds spent on its UK
broadband network. It will lead to almost one million more households
being connected to broadband exchanges and it will require 5,500
kilometres of new cable to be laid across the country.

BT's investment will ensure the UK remains ahead of its major
international competitors. A recent report by the Organisation for
Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) identified the UK as
having plans that will ensure the country has the best DSL broadband
availability within the G7 group of countries.

BT's roll out programme will speed up the national deployment of
broadband bringing it to more communities in a shorter time than would
otherwise have been possible. By adopting a systematic approach, BT
has been able to combine a faster roll out of broadband with the most
efficient engineering solution. The systematic roll out has also
enabled BT to bring forward the enablement of 59 additional exchanges
that had hit their triggers before the closure of the registration
scheme.

Ritchie, BT chief broadband officer, said today: "Today's news
provides clarity for more than a thousand communities across the UK.
People have been keen to know when they will have access to broadband
and this clarity from BT will allow them to plan ahead with
confidence.

"Whilst this move will ensure the UK leads the G7 in broadband
availability, more has to be done in terms of driving take up. It is
particularly important for the UK that businesses adopt and embrace
broadband.

"BT is working hard to transform the market from narrowband to
broadband and to ensure that every part of the UK can benefit from the
broadband revolution".

Today's timetable will see broadband delivered to every remaining
exchange except for the very smallest which between them account for
fewer than 100,000 premises across the UK.

Alison Ritchie added: "BT is not forgetting these small numbers of
communities who are still to be told when they will receive broadband.
These communities are served by the very smallest exchanges and BT is
working hard to find solutions for them. These solutions depend on the
support of external partners and so BT will continue to seek to work
in partnership with public sector and other organisations. Possible
solutions include wireless and satellite broadband as well as BT's
Exchange Activate product."

BT also announced that the initial results from trials to extend the
reach of broadband beyond its current limit (roughly 6km) were looking
very promising. BT is confident it will find a way over the summer to
extend the reach of broadband ADSL services to over a million more
homes and businesses throughout the UK.

The full timetable can be accessed at www.bt.com/broadband.

Notes to Editors
BT has upgraded its systems so that people can order broadband from a
service provider immediately rather than having to wait for their
exchange to be upgraded before placing their order. This will ensure
that people have access as soon as possible.

About BT
BT Group plc is the listed holding company for an integrated group of
businesses providing voice and data services in the UK and overseas,
particularly in Europe, but also in the Americas and the Asia Pacific
region. British Telecommunications plc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of
BT Group plc, holds virtually all businesses and assets of the BT
group.

BT is one of Europe's leading providers of telecommunications
services. Its principal activities include local, national and
international telecommunications services, higher-value broadband and
internet products and services, and IT solutions. In the UK, BT
serves over 20 million business and residential customers with more
than 29 million exchange lines, as well as providing network services
to other licensed operators.

BT consists principally of three lines of business:

BT Retail, serving businesses and residential customers and including
BT Openworld, one of the UK's leading ISPs.

BT Wholesale, providing network services and solutions within the UK,
including ADSL, conveyance, transit, bulk delivery of private
circuits, frame relay and ISDN connections.

BT Global Services, BT's managed services and solutions provider,
serving multi-site organisations worldwide. Its core target market is
the top 10,000 global multi-site organisations with European
operations.

There are a number of other businesses within the BT group, including
BT Exact, an internationally renowned centre of excellence in IT and
networking technologies. It is also BT's technology and research and
development business.

In the year ended 31 March 2004, BT's turnover was 18,519million with
profit before goodwill amortisation, exceptional items and taxation of
2,016million.

For more information, visit www.bt.com








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