BT extends trials of boondocks broadband
Claims stable 1Mbit up to 12km from exchange
BT has announced plans to extend trials of technology to allow more homes and businesses in remote locations to receive stable broadband.
Openreach's "Broadband Enabling Technology" (BET) - which amplifies signals - will be deployed in eight more rural exchanges from September 30, BT said today.
During successful trials in Inverness and Dingwall, in Scotland, the kit delivered a stable 1Mbit/s downstream - or 2Mbit/s via two bonded lines - to premises up to 12km from the exchange. BT says it is more reliable than 3G and satellite services.
Openreach is hoping local authorities will be interested in subsidising wider rollout of the technology, which it's estimated will cost between £1,000 and £3,000 per line*, to fill in broadband "not spots" from early next year.
Broadband services will then be sold through the usual retailers.
"We're keen to work with local and regional authorities and other bodies with funding to discuss how the technology can be rolled out to their areas," said service deliver managing director John Small.
There's more information about BET on the Openreach site here. ®
*This story originally incorrectly said the cost had been estimated per exchange. BT has confirmed it will cost up to £3,000 per line. That'll be why it wants subsidies, then.
Here's the list of trial exchanges:
- Twyford BERKSHIRE South East England
- Badsey WORCESTERSHIRE West Midlands
- Llanfyllin POWYS Wales
- Leyland LANCASHIRE North West England
- Ponteland NORTHUMBERLAND North East England
- Wigton CUMBRIA North West England
- Horsham WEST SUSSEX South East England
- Wymondham NORFOLK East of england
- Inverness Culloden Scotland*
- Dingwall Scotland*
Um... something seriously missing here....
Ok. let me get this straight......
BT want people / businesses / local authorities to pay £3k per line to broadband enable people who cannot currently get broadband - this part I get.
in 2012 BT hope to be switched over / switching over to their "21CN" which essentialy means they expect everyone to have a broadband line down which they intend to deliver their normal telephone services digitally?
So - if I am understanding this all correctly.....
BT want to introduce the UK to their new "all singing, all dancing" next generation digital network, but expect someone else will pay £3k per line to add the other 2-3 million lines to it??
if they actually succeed with this one - they may just be about as successful as another large company that charges people a monthly fee to record & playback television programmes
In which case....... FAIL!
@ AC 22.09.09
Maybe while BT are asking for funding for fibre, you could add in a request for some public funding for some punctuation?
This technology isn't about fibre, but the fibre argument goes something like this as I understand it - laying fibre will cost a ton of money - meanwhile people want faster broadband and they expect to pay less for it. If BT have to Wholesale it to other ISPs they'll get paid even less for it. That means that a company laying fibre won't make their money back very quickly, if ever (cough *all the cable companies in the UK ever*). Given that background banks won't lend BT or anyone else the money to actually lay the fibre because they won't get it back quickly enough and they'll invest in things that have a quicker and better return.
No company is going to spend £2000 to provide you with a service that you then expect to pay £10 a month for.
I do not know why BT are asking for funding for fiber as they are the people who are going to benifit as i do not see them paying the money back or a monthly fee for having the UK people paying for it again and again over and over. Not like they reduce the cost for it BT should be taken back and let the country benefit, but only put people in charge that know what they are doing not the idiots that ran it before, so they can still make a profit and put it back into the expansion of the Telephone system in the UK not some third rate system because BT do not want to update it because they would not have big bonuses for the top management.