It is a significant milestone for BT. As a part of its £2.5 billion high speed broadband rollout across UK, the company has now been successful in providing its services to 1 million homes and offices across Scotland. They are targeting providing services to an additional 400,000 premises.
BT intends reaching out to nearly two-third of United Kingdom accounting for 19 million plus connections by the spring of 2014 as part of its £2.5 billion investment plan. They plan to provide Fibre-to-the-cabinet services with upto 80 Mbps capability. In many areas the company hopes to exceed well over the target numbers. It has also a limited 300 Mbps ultrafast FTTP deployed in a small area. FTTP is again another variant of the fibre optic service. So far the company has already rolled out 1850 km of fibre optic.
However one should note that this is different from the Scotland part covered in Broadband Delivery UK scheme. That scheme entails an investment of nearly £400 million to make the BT fibre optic available to 85% of the locals in Scotland by 2015 and by 2017 they target reaching out to 95% of the people.
The biggest challenge for BT at the moment is perhaps meeting the 400,000 target by the end of spring 2014. Would they be able to reach this stupendous number in two months. What the company might end up doing is some of these premises that are covered might form part of their more extensive commercial roll out. That roll out is scheduled for post spring this year
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