Small and medium sized enterprises in six UK towns and cities will get access to Openreach’s new FTTH network next year, BT has revealed.

Businesses in parts of Bath, Bradford, Bristol, Liverpool, London and Manchester will get access to the new technology.

The new network will be rolled out over the course of the next nine months with Openreach’s operator customers able to offer the service from December.

The deployment will be focused on SMEs located in high streets, science and business parks and clusters of businesses that have no access to fibre broadband from Openreach today.

More than 300,000 homes and businesses have access to Openreach’s FTTH network currently, making it the largest provider of the tech in the UK.

However, the business is coming under increasing pressure from rivals to speed up deployments.

Earlier this week, new Openreach CEO Clive Selley revealed a focus on ultrafast speeds was his priority.

Alongside FTTH, this includes G.Fast tech. By 2020, Openreach expects G.Fast to be available to 10 million premises and FTTH to two million.

[Read more: Openreach CEO wants to go ultrafast, but copper is still key]

Selley said: “SMEs have told us they want an alternative to dedicated lines and that is what we are going to give them.

“Openreach has been trialling new deployment methods for FTTP in Bradford and I am pleased to say the trials have progressed very well.

“Hundreds of thousands of consumers will also benefit over the next few years as we continue our work to plug any remaining fibre broadband gaps.

“This targeted approach will help to deliver the ambition we share with government to improve broadband speeds in the final five per cent of the country.”

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