BT says it is to connect a further 400,000 premises to its super-fast fibre broadband network over the next three years.
The firm’s Openreach division, which maintains and operates the network and leases capacity to BT Retail and rivals including Sky and TalkTalk, will spend £50 million on the roll-out.
More than 18 million homes and businesses already have access to BT’s fibre network and can buy super fast broadband from BT Retail and other ISPs.
Openreach says the number of homes to which fibre is available “is set to grow rapidly” as various rural fibre programmes, including local and central Government backed initiatives, are completed.
Mike Galvin, MD Network Investment at Openreach said: “Our fibre programme is going extremely well with our engineers connecting homes and businesses across the UK.
“Some city areas have proved challenging in the past but we are returning to those and will pass hundreds of thousands of additional premises with fibre.
“We are reaching vast swathes of rural Britain with our public sector partners but we will upgrade these city areas under our own steam. Businesses in cities already have access to ultra-fast speeds but fibre will give them greater choice.”