BT has announced new plans to deliver pure fibre connectivity to homes and businesses in the UK.

The operator said it would deploy FTTP networks to all new sites containing 250 premises free of charge.

In addition, it said work had already started on two new FTTP trials in Bradford “to explore if the technology can be installed faster and more efficiently in business parks and high streets”.

The results could lead to “a new business-grade FTTP product”, BT said.

The announcement comes just weeks after the UK regulator said BT’s Openreach arm must open up its telegraph poles and underground tunnels to allow competitors to construct their own fibre networks.

[Read more: Industry urges Ofcom to take hard line as BT averts Openreach spin-off]

New research unveiled yesterday forecast that companies other than BT will drive growth in the high-speed broadband market over the next few years.

BT also revealed that it would start two new pilots of G.Fast tech in Cherry Hinton, Cambridgeshire and Gillingham, Kent.

The company has a been carrying out a number of similar trials over the past 12 months with a view to a commercial launch this year.

Clive Selley, CEO of Openreach, said: “The UK is a leader when it comes to superfast broadband.

“Nine out of ten premises have access to fibre today and this will grow to 95 percent by the end of next year – but I want to get high speeds to everyone, so we’re also developing solutions for the final five per cent of the country.

“I’m determined to roll out ultrafast broadband, and G.fast technology is the best way to deliver that to the majority of the UK as quickly as possible.

“We also plan to roll out significantly more fibre-to-the-premises, and we’re trialling a range of options in Bradford to use that technology increasingly in future – wherever it makes sense.

“A large number of new housing developments will also get fibre-to-the-premises infrastructure built for free under our latest plans, so that’s great news for developers and homeowners too."

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