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Next Generation Broadband. Ian Shanks Head of Scottish Affairs BT Scotland. Range of Broadband Available. 1070 Telephone Exchanges in Scotland 21 in Western Isles not broadband enabled( Wireless Network) 89 Exchange Activate Exchanges 960 at least up to 8Mbps ----------------------

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next generation broadband

Next Generation Broadband

Ian Shanks

Head of Scottish Affairs

BT Scotland

range of broadband available
Range of Broadband Available

1070 Telephone Exchanges in Scotland

21 in Western Isles not broadband enabled( Wireless Network)

89 Exchange Activate Exchanges

960 at least up to 8Mbps


20 Mbps and 40 Mbps roll-out underway

bringing fibre to all is a shared challenge
Bringing fibre to all is a shared challenge

Shared Vision

Ensuring the UK is at the leading edge of the global digital economy

Public Private Partnership

Government intervention enables a lower risk profile and ongoing commercial sustainability

Customer Demand

Vital to engage citizens, businesses and other local stakeholders on the benefits

Open, Competition Ready

Giving customers choice on products, applications and service

Competition is greatest in urban areas with BT providing wholesale services for communication providers in the more remote locations
  • This map shows the current footprint of where Communication Providers offer direct LLU service or where they resell wholesale broadband from BT Wholesale.
  • It illustrates that the greatest extent of competition is available within dense urban areas
  • Colour Coding & % of population
  • 4 or more operators – 69%
  • 2 to 3 operators – 14%
  • BT only – 16%
  • KCOM only – 1%

Source; Ofcom

wholesale broadband connect copper up to 20mbit s

Scotland – Spring 2011

Up to



Up to


potential end user lines enabled

Up to



Planned WBC coverage by spring 2011

Further rollout details to follow.

Current thinking. Subject to change

bt is making a major investment in fibre access
BT is making a major investment in fibre access
  • £2.5bn investment to roll-out fibre to two-thirds of UK premises by 2015
  • Install c.30,000 cabinets on over 1,000 exchanges
  • Lay over 50,000km of fibre
  • Supported by 32,000 engineers

10m premises passed by2012

2/3 UK premises passed by 2015

ADSL enabled for 99% of all premises

1.5m premises passed by early summer 2010

4m premises passed by end of 2010

wholesale broadband connect fibre up to 40mbit s

Scotland – Spring 2012

Up to


exchange areas

Up to


potential end user lines enabled

Planned fibre coverage by Spring 2012

Further rollout details to follow.

our connectivity services are aimed at government consumers and businesses
Our connectivity services are aimed at government, consumers and businesses

Increase in bandwidth, service levels, performance

Total BB

8 Mbps

Total BB ADSL2+

20 Mbps


1 Gbps

Total BB Fibre (FTTC + FTTP)

40/100 Mbps

Up to 8 Mbps already available to 99% of premises in UK

Up to 20 Mbps available to c.75% of premises in UK by Mar 2011

Fibre speeds available to 66% of premises in UK by Apr 2015

More than 800 Ethernet PoPs, 90% of business premises are within 5km of an Ethernet node today


For Fibre-to-the-Cabinet, Analysys Mason estimate that the most remote 10% of the UK would cost the same as the most urban 35%

UK-Wide Deployment Costs for Fibre-to-the-Cabinet




Source: Analysys Mason for the BSG

First Third

Middle Third

Last Third


Despite investment, some parts of the UK are still not part of the digital journey & Digital Britain aims to address this imbalance
  • Stephen Carter announced the launch of the Digital Britain Review on 17 October 2008.
    • a converged project representing the Minister's responsibilities across both DCMS and BERR.
    • An action plan to secure the UK’s place at the forefront of innovation, investment and quality in the digital and communications industries
  • Previous Government was to implement Digital Britain report from June 2009

- Broadband Universal service Commitment ( USC) - £200m to ensure that

2Mbps broadband available to all the UK by 2012

- NGA Levy -50p per month on fixed lines from 2010 to 2017 to help rollout

of fibre to ‘final third’

  • Levy was to be implemented by Finance Act – but dropped during final stages of previous Parliament because not supported by opposition

- all political parties supported USC and its funding

- all supported wide rollout of fibre

coalition government has
Coalition Government has....
  • Said it supports the commitment to ensure a universal minimum 2Mbps service across the country and that ”virtually all homes will have access to a minimum 2Mbps by 2015
  • Will invest £530 million by 2015 to support the UKs broadband network and a further £300 million by 2017
  • Seeks rapid roll-out of superfast broadband across the country
  • Will ensure BT and other infrastructure providers allow the use of their assets for that purpose
  • Wants to get to remote areas at the same time as the more populated areas
  • Has identified 4 pilot areas for roll-out of super fast broadband –including Highlands and Islands
what s happening in scotland
What’s happening in Scotland
  • Scottish Government has published a paper ‘A Digital Ambition for Scotland’ and will be following up with a detailed strategy and action plan
  • Scottish Government’s Digital Ambitions are:-
      • That next generation broadband will be available to all by 2020, and significant progress will be made by 2015; and
      • That the rate of broadband uptake by people in Scotland should be at or above the UK average by 2013, and should be highest among the UK nations by 2015.
  • The Highlands and Islands has been identified by BDUK as one of 4 pilot areas for Super Fast Broadband – HIE likely to issue tenders in February
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Next Generation Broadband

Ian Shanks

Head of Scottish Affairs