BT to upgrade copper network to promise 20Mbps to 80% of the country
BT has announced that they're planning to upgrade the UK's existing copper network with an eye on offering broadband speeds of (up to) 20Mbps.
BT's ADSL2+ copper broadband service will be upgraded and rolled out to 80% of the UK by the end of this year.
BT Wholesale are being tasked with the upgrade and they're working on 30,000 lines a week apparently. Cameron Rejali, managing director of products, at BT Wholesale, said: "This announcement is further evidence of BT's commitment to deliver next generation services across the UK".
Hopefully they'll sort out the BT Infinity package while they're at it, which has a habit of falling asleep every 30 minutes.
Rejali continued: "Running over BT's 21st Century Network, WBC offers communications providers the ability to provide their broadband customers with greater control, choice and flexibility as well as higher speeds. It supports the growing demand for high-speed broadband access to a range of online services – including TV, gaming online and multiple voice over internet protocol (VoIP) services."
Whether speeds will get close to 20Mbps remains to be seen as, thus far, ISPs have largely failed to deliver on their promises.