BT to upgrade copper network to promise 20Mbps to 80% of the country

5 April 2011

Bitterwallet - BT users to receive cash demands for file-sharingBT 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.

TOPICS:   Technology   Broadband


  • Alexis
    About time. I live near Manchester City Centre and can only get 3-4meg!
  • Paul
    @Alexis Eww I bet you live in Ardwick
  • Alexis
    Course not - they don't have the Internet in Ardwick
  • mikbak
    Only 35 people registered for infinity in my town... No Virgin and No Sky LLU Have to move for fast broadband
  • Paul
    @mikbak Move to Ardwick
  • james D.
    30 megs for me!! I love my virgin broadband.
  • Paul
    @james Dewitt
  • ld
    That'll be 80% of the POPULATION - so as usual forget it if you aren't urban ....
  • Zleet
    To anyone on these 'superfast' broadband speeds, do they still come with fair usage policies?
  • Neil
    Is there some website detailing which exchanges/lines or whatever they're upgrading? or are we to believe they really are updating 30,000 lines a week?

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