BT full fibre as they turn up broadband speed
Megawow! BT are going to launch a fibre optic service that promises to deliver speeds of up to (that old chestnut again) 300Mbps to some UK homes by spring 2012.
Considering even this, the UK still has a long way to go if it wants to be the fastest in Europe by 2015... which is does. And isn't. Either way, BT said that they're going to be trialing the super-fast broadband (known as Fibre-to-the-Premises or FTTP to save us typing it all out constantly) this month.
This is all part of the push to make fibre broadband available to two thirds of UK by the close of 2015, but only a small percentage of people will actually see the benefit of FTTP.
Most of us will get access to Fibre-to-the-Cabinet technology (FTTC), which is slower (top speed of 40Mbps) because it uses copper wire. Unless we all steal it and sell it on, of course.
Seb Lahtinen, co-founder of broadband news site ThinkBroadband, said there is pent-up demand for faster broadband.
"It is likely to be driven by high definition video-on-demand content as well as households where many different family members are using the internet at the same time," he said. "Wider availability of 'full fibre' FTTP services is clearly an important milestone as it represents a move to leading edge technology capable of delivering services beyond speeds which one could imagine requiring in the next decade."
BT Openreach chief executive Liv Garfield said the announcement was "a significant step in the UK's broadband journey," adding; "These developments will transform broadband speeds across the country and propel the UK up the broadband league tables."