BT Holds Successful Trial of -FTTP ON DEMAND

6th February 2012

BT HOLDS SUCCESSFUL TRIAL OF -FTTP ON DEMAND AND SETS TIMEFRAME FOR DOUBLING OF FTTC BROADBAND SPEEDS FTTP to potentially be available in all fibre enabled areas  Faster FTTC speeds to be available this Spring BT today announced it has held successful trials of -FTTP on demand in St Agnes, Cornwall.

This solution allows additional fibre to be run on demand to a home or business in a Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) enabled area, providing the customer with ultra-fast Fibre to the Premise (FTTP) broadband. Previously, FTTP speeds weren't possible in FTTC enabled areas but BT has developed a solution that takes advantage of the fibre it has already deployed between the exchange and the street cabinet. The technological development has the potential to transform the UK broadband landscape. This is because FTTP which will soon offer end users speeds of up to 300Mbps - could be made available anywhere in BT's fibre footprint where a customer requires it. BT will conduct further trials of FTTP on demand this Summer with a view to making the service commercially available to all communications providers by Spring 2013. The service which also delivers fast upstream speeds is likely to be of particular appeal to small and medium size businesses who need to send and receive large amounts of data. The feedback from businesses in St Agnes has been excellent. BT also said it will introduce a new faster variant of FTTC broadband this Spring. This service will deliver speeds that are approximately double those on offer today so downstream speeds will be up to 80Mbps rather than up to 40Mbps. Upstream speeds will also be faster at up to 20Mbps. Both announcements came as BT revealed more than seven million premises can now access fibre broadband over its network. This figure will rise to ten million in 2012 and then to around two thirds of UK premises by the end of 2014. BT wants to go further and believes it is possible to make fibre broadband available to more than 90% of UK premises by working with local councils and devolved governments. BT is bidding for Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) funds to make that happen. Openreach chief executive Olivia Garfield said: -FTTP on demand is a significant development for Broadband Britain. Essentially, it could make our fastest speeds available wherever we deploy fibre. This will be welcome news for small businesses who may wish to benefit from the competitive advantage that such speeds provide. -We are also doubling the speed of our standard fibre broadband this Spring giving ISPs the chance to offer speeds of up to 80Mbps. This will ensure that residential customers have world class speeds for all their family's needs. For further information Enquiries about this news release should be made to the BT Group Newsroom on its 24-hour number: 020 7356 5369. From outside the UK dial + 44 20 7356 5369. All news releases can be accessed at our web site: www.btplc.com About BT BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries.  Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services.  BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Retail, BT Wholesale and Openreach. In the year ended 31 March 2011, BT Group's revenue was £20,076m with profit before taxation of £1,717m. British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group.  BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York. For more information, visit www.btplc.com

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