BT say rolling out of superfast broadband 'ahead of schedule'

11 May 2012

broadbandBT have said that they've completed their superfast broadband rollout to 10 million British homes "several months ahead of schedule," which means that customers will now be able to get superfast broadband (up to 80mbps) direct from BT (or from other ISPs, natch).

This fibre-to-the-cabinet rollout gives speedier broadband between the exchange and the grotty street cabinets with the rest of the connection being carried via the copper wires as we've had with trad. arr. broadband.

Of course, Virgin Media reached the 10 million mark for its 100mbps superfast broadband last February, so BT aren't the first kid on this particular block. That's not stopping the telco giant from feeling a little pleased with itself though. Ian Livingston, chief executive of BT, said: "There are more than half a million customers already using the service and more than 60 ISPs trialling or offering services. This is a significant achievement given we only began selling services a couple of years ago."

This is all part of BT's aim to provide speeds of up to 1-gigabit per second, eventually. This is all well and good, but the fact remains that Britain was recently ranked 16th in Europe for speed. We're behind Russia and they live in snow houses with computers made from bread and vodka.

Rupert Wood, of research group Analysys Mason, said: “In terms of superfast broadband the UK will be among a leading group by 2015 but the trade-off is there will be very little ultrafast fibre to the home.”

TOPICS:   Technology   Broadband


  • OlPeculier
    I can get 40mbps at home, and BT say's the pub can get 80mbps. Arse. Have to spend more time there!* *if the tight arsed bastard ever installed broadband in the first place)
  • Mustapha S.
    Getting more than 1mbps would be nice out here in the sticks.
  • Alexis
    I get 2.5meg and I live half a mile from Manchester City Centre. I might as well be out in the sticks because too many of us are routed through Blackfriars Exchange.
  • BT e.
    CEO gave us all a fiver because of this news. Gotta love Liv.
  • The B.
    Yep, they dug up the exchange box at the end of my road and replaced it with a nice shiny new one about 3 months ago, completely shagging the Virgin box in the process, nice healthy competition there.
  • Kevin
    Months ahead? Theres a village near me that 'won' the chance to get Infinity which was due at the start of the year. Now apparently it's still months away. Well done BT
  • Silverfox1264
    Well done BT Upgrading customer who already have fast broadband & leaving me & others dreaming of getting over 2meg. Very well done!!!!
  • Marky M.
    I shagged a virgin box once.
  • Phee
    @Kevin I'm guessing the village is out in the sticks? Expect BT to take as long as they reasonably can, rural upgrades are expensive so they'll be in no hurry. Our exchange was due to be upgraded to give us 8Mbps in 2008. It still hasn't happened. Currently timetabled for 2015, having already been pushed back to 2010, 2011, 2013.
  • Zleet
    Every other exchange near me but mine. Fuckers.
  • Richard P.
    Fucking auto correct on my Virgin mobile phone, that'll be Necker Island and not Becker, the german twat.
  • Richard P.
    For fucks sake, comment awaiting moderation. I will buy bitterwallet on Wednesday next week and I will be sacking everyone and making my very good friend Usain Bolt the new editorial Director or art director or whatever poncy title you have given yourself Paul Nikkel. That is all for now.

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