UK broadband competition reaches new milestone

The level of competition in the UK broadband market has reached a new milestone, Ofcom announced today.

The number of ‘unbundled’ lines, where communications providers offer services to households using BT’s copper telephone network, has reached 9 million.Competition is also taking hold in the new market for ‘superfast’ broadband, which is most often delivered over fibre optic cables to the street cabinet, and from there to the premises over copper.
Fibre deployment and investment is expected to increase rapidly over the coming months. Virgin’s network already provides superfast broadband services to more than 2m households, while BT’s roll-out of fibre broadband is passing 100,000 new premises per week and has so far reached around 15m. The BT network is available for many providers, including BT Retail, to sell broadband services to consumers, ensuring competition in a fast-growing market.
There are now around 80 providers other than BT Retail either trialling or offering fibre broadband, between them serving more than a quarter of a million customers.By November 2012, 13% of residential broadband connections were superfast, more than doubling from 5% in November 2011.
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