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BT Launches High Speed FTTP Network Initiative

Matt Gardner
Broadband, BT Openreach, FTTP, OnLive

BT Launches High Speed FTTP Network Initiative

BT are rather hoping they can get internet with speeds of up to 300 Mbs into homes by next year. BT Openreach have launched a new 'fibre to the premises' cabling network here in the UK, with speeds of 'up to' 11Mbs anticipated immediately, with the full 300 Mbs download service due in the spring.

'These are significant announcements and good news for the UK, " said Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey. 'High-speed broadband is essential for economic growth, which is why we want the UK to have the best superfast broadband in Europe by 2015. Improving the UK's broadband infrastructure will help our high-tech, digital industries grow. It will ensure the UK is an attractive place to start-up and base the businesses of tomorrow.'

Openreach's head honcho Liv Garfield has asserted that they will be doing everything possible to extend this reach beyond urban areas. 'No-one is keener than us to extend these super-fast speeds to rural areas and so we will be bidding for public funds to help extend these services even further,' she said.T'he challenge is a tough one but by working with the public sector it is within our reach.'

Reliable internet? Now wouldn't that be nice. [GI.biz]

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hurrakan  Oct. 6, 2011 at 16:23

This BBC article provides more details: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-15180835

FTTC = 40Mbps (BT claims it will be 80Mbps by next year)
FTTP = 300Mbps

"Trials of FTTP will be small-scale at first, with the service going live this month in just six areas - Ashford in Middlesex, Bradwell Abbey, Chester South, Highams Park, St Austell and York."

"The majority of its money is going into Fibre-to-the-Cabinet technology (FTTC), which is slower because it uses copper wire to connect the street cabinet to users' homes."

"Currently BT's fibre services serve around 5 million homes but take-up has been sluggish. Its super-fast service BT Infinity service has just 200,000 users so far."

I still only get the same crappy 7Mbps I've had for years. I've been ready to pay for faster broadband the entire time but I'm still waiting!


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