BT Promises Super-Fast Internet by 2020

U.K. telecom firm BT has grand plans for the country's digital future.

By 2020, the provider wants 10 million homes and small businesses to have access to speeds of 300-500 Mbps, with gigabit Internet on the horizon, too.

Until then, BT will focus on delivering a new universal minimum broadband speed of 5-10Mbps.

BT CEO Gavin Patterson outlined the company's plans during a Tuesday appearance in London. "We want to forge an ultrafast future for Britain and stand ready to help [the] government deliver the broadband speeds necessary for every property to enjoy modern day Internet services, such as high-definition TV streaming and cloud computing," Patterson said. "To achieve this, we need a collaborative effort across industry and government."

The "majority" of homes in BT's service area should have super-fast 300-500 Mbps service in the next decade, he said. That includes "a combination of Fibre-to-the-Premises technology, as well as new technology, which uses existing Fibre-to-the-Cabinet technology."

BT in January announced new pilots of its "" technology. Two of those trials ran over the summer in England's Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, and Gosforth, Newcastle; about 4,000 homes and businesses were invited to participate.

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