BT's lacklustre broadband rollout, noted

25 August 2015

bt-logo You may recall that BT made a deal with the British government, in a bid to get broadband rolled out across the country. Well, it isn't happening quickly enough, and millions still don't have a proper internet connection.

In addition to that, Openreach has doled out slower speeds that originally advertised. It is all a bit rubbish, frankly.

The target that was set originally was to have 95% of the UK covered by 2015, however, that date is now being pushed back to 2017, and even with the revised date, BT reckon that it'll be more like 2018 by the time they reach 95% coverage. And it'll be longer still before they reach every citizen in Britain.

Another thing that might cause delays is an Ofcom investigation into a monopoly on government contracts. The government gave 44 out of 44 contracts to BT, even though there's the option of TalkTalk, Virgin Media, and Sky. And now, David Cameron is showing signs of frustration, unhappy at the speed of the rollout.

BT have missed tagrets of speeds of at least 5 Mbps or 24 Mbps, and reports show that new Openreach customers are getting under 2 Mbps on a typical day. Given that countries like Sweden, Czech Republic, Finland, Romania, Lithuania, and Hungary have all been getting faster average speeds, with a lower cost of implementing the services, to say this whole thing is unsatisfactory is something of an understatement.

Given that the UK is the fifth largest economy, it really shouldn't be this slow when it comes to rolling out such things. BT - pull your finger out.

TOPICS:   Technology   Government

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