[the telegraph] Some customers will be able to receive download speeds up to 100Mbps via the company’s fibre-optics network.
Ian Livingston, chief executive of BT, said: “Given the progress we’re making, four million homes will have access to fibre by the end of next year. 2012 will be an important year for the UK given the Olympics and so I’m keen we provide 10 million homes with access to fibre by the time the games begin.”
BT, which has a customer base of approximately five million, had originally said its super fast broadband would not be ready until 2013. The upgrade will be accessible to around 40 per cent of the population and those who receive 100Mbps will be able to watch High Definition video online.
Virgin Media already operates on a fibre-optics network and in restricted areas offers customers 50 Mbps.
BT promises super-fast broadband by 2012