BT announces fibre duct and pole plans

Openreach, the network arm of BT broadband has revealed pricing details for providers looking to use the company’s underground ducts and overhead poles to deliver superfast broadband.

Although BT said that ducts and poles were not a "silver bullet" to delivering fibre optic broadband to every home in the country, the use of these technologies is seen as a positive step in the right direction.

It will charge providers from 95p per metre, per year, to rent space in its underground ducts, which it said compared favourably with other European markets.

It also proposed a pole sharing price of £21 per pole attachment.

Broadband providers can already use the BT Infinity network to offer speeds of up to40Mb broadband to their own customers, and will soon be able to use BT's underground ducts and overhead cabling to reach more homes and businesses.

Steve Robertson, CEO of Openreach, said: "We're offering the communications industry yet another way of accessing our network in order to deliver superfast broadband speeds to homes and businesses.

"Although we don't view duct and pole sharing as the silver bullet to get fibre to every premises in the UK, these new products represent a positive step."

He added: "We also think it's really important that consumers and businesses continue to enjoy a choice of fibre services so we will be expecting others to be as open as we are."

Virgin Media, which has a superfast cable network covering just over 51% of the country, had previously said that it has no plans to open up its own network to competitors.

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