#bt Group reports that its fiber-optic #broadband network now passes more than 19 million homes and businesses, roughly two-thirds of all premises in the UK. The company reached this milestone significantly earlier than expected. BT originally hoped to cover 19 million premises with its FTTx network by the end of 2015. The operator now says it passed that total in March this year, around 21 months earlier than planned (see “BT to accelerate fiber deployment”). The vast majority of that footprint has been enabled by BT under its commercial plan, while the remainder has been enabled in partnership with the public sector. BT says its fiber footprint is set to grow considerably in the year ahead as it continues its commercial roll out and enables further areas with the assistance of the public sector. Much of this work will take place under the 44 local partnerships that BT has struck as part of the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) program.
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