BT feels the need for 50Mb speed
Telco weighs up broadband options
BT is considering speeding up its broadband service by pushing it to a blink-and-you'll-miss-it 50Mb download per second for its customers.
BT chairman Sir Christopher Bland told the Financial Times the firm is looking at the possibility of beefing up its fibre optic cable by extending it as far as the street kerb.
The telecoms behemoth claimed that such a roll-out could push download speeds to between the 40-50Mbs mark, compared to the current top-end offering of 8Mbs coughed up by most UK firms.
According to the FT, analysts think if BT delivered on such a promise it could be slapped with a hefty £4bn bill, which could be hard for investors to swallow.
Bland stressed that no decisions had yet been made by the firm, but told the FT that it was a "likely development going forward".
According to a new study carried out by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), however, upping the broadband speed ante could offer long-term value to telecoms' firms brave enough to invest in fibre optic cabling.
It found, in its Communications Outlook 2007 report, that customers in countries that were already taking advantage of higher-speeds such as Japan and Sweden were benefiting in terms of pricing and service.
Senior analyst Mark Main at Ovum told The Register that BT could be looking to gain a foothold in the high-definition television (HDTV) marketplace, competing with the likes of Virgin and Sky by offering faster speeds.
But he said such an investment was not without its potential "sticking points", including regulation and cost.
He said if BT was to go ahead it would need to "make a viable case for the delivery of that for UK consumers".
Main added that if the firm was positioning itself in the HDTV market, BT would need to "make significant in-roads in a short enough period of time".
He pointed out that broadband speeds would, for the forseeable future, vary for many potential BT subscribers and that there was no way of guaranteeing 50Mb for everyone.
BT already has broadband speed offers of up to 24Mbs in the, er, pipeline for next year. This follows the firm's sizeable £10bn outlay for a "backbone" network, as well as its planned implementation of ADSL2+. ®
Stupid Headline Speeds means Jack
The general public is so clueless as to how fast 8Mbit realy is... ITS MEGA FAST
You can get a very decent HDTV signal at 6Mbit and then have 2mbit of leg room? So whats realy happening... well there is something called contention ratio which basically means you share your internet with other people and they can only guarantee 8mbit shared between 50 people....yes thats correct 8/50= 0.16Mbit guaranteed! OK so in real life they are doing better than that but not much i can tell you 1Mbit if any. This means that nobody is streaming HDTV because its still Light years away..yes we need light to make it happen and sadly its not gona happen over night... were looking at 5 years if they open their eyes.
Re: Everyone moans about ADSL in the UK
I used to have ISDN 2 which gave me a blindingly fast 128K, but BT in their wisdom withdrew this service and now I have been returned to the dark ages of 56K dialup.
Mind you, I can always use my mobile data card and get 384K on one PC.
And yes before you ask I do live in a rural area but, even though I am within range of an ADSL enabled exchange, the copper infrastructure is so bad that we can't get broadband at any speed.
Lets see money invested in rural infrastructure before increases in speed in conurbations, or is this just another example of the rural communities being left to fend for themselves
I have unlimited bandwidth too..
I know this because my phone company says so. It's just not as fast as I would like .. ;)
Actually for about $50 a month tacked on to my cable/mobile/telephone bill I do get unlimited downloads with a 7MB connection. I wouldn't swap my unlimited downloads for a Gbit connection, and I won't sign up with any provider that can't give me the advertised bandwidth during peak hours - without limits or throttle backs.