Broadband is the future of all fixed-line telecommunications. Everything in the home or office will run over it from telephones to TVs; light bulbs to computers. The number of connected devices in the average UK household is set to increase dramatically in the coming years and that’s at a time when data consumption is growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of around 40%.
To fuel this growth, the UK needs ultra-high bandwidth, ultrafast and ultra-reliable networks. That’s why BT Group is making a once-in-a-generation investment to upgrade 25 million homes and businesses with the capability to receive full fibre broadband.
At the same time, we are also working to upgrade our customers from analogue telephones to digital, IP-based voice services that run over broadband. We’re moving all our customers from PSTN to digital voice services. We’ve already started and by the time we’ve finished every phone line in the UK will be digital, routing all phone calls over IP rather than the tradition PSTN. Giving our customers crystal clear voice quality and integrating voice with the rest of their broadband services.
These are significant programmes that will have a positive impact on virtually all of our customers. They will leave an enduring mark on the face of the UK’s digital infrastructure – and economic lifeblood – for many decades to come.