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Millions more households could be on full-fibre diet

BT caved in to growing public pressure yesterday, announcing plans to roll out full-fibre broadband to up to ten million homes. Openreach, BT’s broadband arm, said that it was launching a public consultation on whether to press ahead with the plan, which would involve investing billions of pounds in building much faster and more reliable connections to homes. Openreach would aim to connect two million households by 2020 and ten million by 2025, Clive Selley, its new chief executive said.

The announcement represented a big change for BT, which has resisted calls for fibre to the premises (FTTP). Instead, it has focused on cheaper technologies such as G-Fast, designed to improve broadband speeds on its existing network of ageing copper wires. Mr Selley refused to…

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