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BT today forecast that broadband could reach 90 per
cent of the UK by mid-2005.

Speaking at the e-Summit in London, BT Retail chief
exec Pierre Danon said the current momentum of
broadband roll-out means many more people
will be able to get broadband in the near future.

The optimism surrounding the availability of broadband
– regarded as a key stumbling block to the take-up of
a knowledge-based society - came as BT outlined its
roadmap for broadband.

Pointing to the company’s pre-registration scheme
which maps demand in areas currently not served by ADSL, and other public/private sector projects, he said that exchanges were currently being upgraded to ADSL at the rate of one a day.

Said Mr Danon: "Broadband is well and truly at the
heart of BT and we are absolutely committed to our
target of one million broadband connections by the
summer."

Looking ahead, he forecast that broadband could be available to around 90 per cent of households in the UK by the middle of 2005. And giving hope to those who live beyond the reach of DSL or cable broadband services, he explained how BT was working to overcome technical barriers to more widely-available broadband services.

Danon also announced that BT is to begin trials in
Spring, 2003 of an always on, 128k mid-band service
which should be available quickly to 97 per cent of
the UK population.

In July 2001 The Register reported that BT was
looking at rolling out a 128Kbps service which would
help meet demand for speedier access until current
"broadband issues are resolved". ®

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