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LightSpeed Derby Welcomes BT Investment

  • Date: 17/06/2011
  • Category: General


Three more Derbyshire exchange areas included in latest phase of BT’s £2.5 billion super-fast programme as new fibre network set to pass five million UK homes

 BT today announced that another 71,000 Derbyshire homes and businesses will have access to its super-fast broadband network. The company also revealed that five million premises across the UK will be able to get the high-speed technology by the end of this month.

Derby, Willowcroft and Langley Mill are the latest places in the region set to benefit from BT’s £2.5 billion roll-out programme, with upgrades expected to be completed by the end of 2011 or during 2012.  It will take the number of East Midlands homes and businesses passed by the new super-fast network to more than 700,000.                                              

BT’s local network business Openreach expects to make super-fast fibre broadband available to two-thirds of UK homes and businesses by the end of 2015*. It will use a mix of fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) and fibre to the premises (FTTP) technologies. Both are much faster than those speeds previously available to most UK homes and businesses.

FTTC, delivered to street cabinets, currently offers download speeds of up to 40Mbps and upstream speeds up to 10Mbps. Openreach is planning to roughly double these speeds next year. FTTP, delivering fibre all the way to homes and businesses, will offer speeds of up to 100Mbps.

Paul Bimson, BT´s regional partnership director for the East Midlands, said: “It’s great news that more homes and businesses in the East Midlands are joining the world’s fastest growing fibre optic network. This latest BT investment is another important step forward in the development of highly sophisticated communications in our region.

“No-one understands better than BT that fast and reliable internet connections are vital for business and central to our daily lives. We plan to bring super-fast fibre broadband to two thirds of the UK, but this isn’t the full extent of our ambition. We are determined to push beyond current commercial boundaries to work with public sector partners to reach the more challenging final third.

“Our tried and tested partnership approach is already rapidly extending super-fast broadband across rural parts of Northern Ireland and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. In both cases, BT is contributing the lion’s share of the funding for these exciting and ambitious projects. The deployment of super-fast broadband must be a strategic economic priority for all nations and regions of the UK, and we want to play a full part in delivery.”

Councillor Kevin Parkinson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration at Derbyshire County Council said: “We very much welcome BT’s plans to increase availability of super-fast broadband across Derbyshire.  This move will be widely welcomed by businesses and home users alike.  We will continue to work with all broadband suppliers to make superfast broadband available to more people in urban and rural areas of the county.”

The news was welcomed today by Graham Bennett, chair of LightSpeed Derby – the  campaign to secure superfast broadband for homes and businesses in Derby and the surrounding area.

Graham said: “This is fantastic news and something that LightSpeed Derby, backed by funding from emda through Derby City Council’s Single Programme, has been working hard for the past 18 months to secure.

“Derby is the UK’s number one high-tech city and justly deserves investment in the latest superfast broadband technology.  Now that the two biggest exchanges in the city will  be upgraded to deliver superfast broadband, this much needed technology will be available to around 90% of the city’s businesses.

“This news will therefore be welcomed by residents and businesses alike who will experience significant improvements in their use of technology.  It will also be welcome news to everyone who is working hard to promote Derby as a business and investment location – delivering the much needed technology to create and expand businesses in this ever increasingly high tech world.

“We continue to work closely with BT and hope to see similar investment in Derby’s final two exchanges in Alvaston and Allestree Park in the foreseeable future.”

Internet users with a fibre connection can do much more online, all at the same time. For instance, a family could be downloading a movie, watching a TV replay service, surfing the internet and playing games online. A music track can be downloaded in about two seconds, a whole album in 30 seconds and a feature length HD movie in 10 minutes.

Upload speeds are the fastest in the UK, allowing large videos and data files to be sent almost instantly and activities, such as uploading hi-resolution photos to Facebook, to be completed in seconds.

Unlike other companies, Openreach offers access to service providers on an open, wholesale basis, supporting a competitive market. For further information on Openreach’s super-fast broadband programme visit


Notes to editors

Due to the current network topography, and the economics of deployment, it is likely that a small minority of premises within the selected exchange areas will not initially be able to be served by fibre-based broadband. However, Openreach is actively looking at alternative solutions for these locations. * BT’s deployment plans are subject to an acceptable environment for investment. 



For further information about this press release please contact the BT Regional Press Office on 0800 085 0660. All our news releases can be read at


About Openreach

Openreach is responsible for the nationwide local BT network which connects homes and businesses across Britain to communications providers’ networks.  Openreach provides communications providers with services and products associated with that network.




About BT

BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications solutions and services, operating in more than 170 countries.  Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to our 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, Openreach, BT Retail and BT Wholesale.

In the year ended 31 March 2011, BT Group’s revenue was £20,076 million with profit before taxation of £1,717 million.

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. 

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