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