BT Invests £6bn in Faster Broadband and Mobile Service
BT Group has outlined plans to invest £6bn in faster broadband and mobile services over the next three years.
BT plans to offer “ultra-fast” broadband to 12 million premises by 2020 as well as improving coverage of faster 4G mobile services.Sky however said the plan had “limited ambition” and called for BT to invest in the UK’s broadband fibre network.
Under the investment plan from BT a minimum of 10 million homes and businesses will receive access to its ultrafast broadband service by 2020.
The company has an ambition to reach 12 million.Most homes will receive this via BT’s G.fast technology, which is currently capable of speeds of 300Mbps, but will be capable of speeds up to 500Mbps.
According to Ofcom UK households received speeds of 29Mbps last year.
This speed is said to make the new service more than enough for households who want fast broadband to stream movies and play online games.
BT chief executive, Gavin Patterson, said: "Customers want their broadband to be affordable as well as fast and we will be able to do that using G.fast.”
There are also plans for BT to invest in its mobile network EE so it can offer fast 4G coverage to 95% of the country by 2020.
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