BT blows fibre into 'multiple biz units' for first time
Hopes FTTP tech will help grow Acorn House
BT's biz wing has completed what it claimed to be the first fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) install to multiple buildings in the UK.
The national telco said it had blown fibre optics into Acorn House's office units in Milton Keynes.
BT said its FTTP broadband service can deliver download speeds of "up to" 100Mbit/s and upload speeds of 15Mbps.
It's hoping to deploy fibre broadband – mainly via the street cabinet – to two-thirds of UK homes and businesses by the end of 2014 as part of its £2.5bn investment in the upgrade to its infrastructure.
“We are at the forefront of the fibre revolution for businesses in the UK and this is a real milestone in being able to provide the best technology to all types of customer," said BT business fibre broadband boss Lisa Ravenscroft.
"Fibre-to-the-premises offers super-fast speed for both uploading and downloading. It’s ideal for data-intensive work, and it is also an enabler for organisations of all sizes and types that want to take advantage of the latest technologies, like videoconferencing and remote data backup, which help them to improve efficiency and cut costs.” ®
"We are at the forefront of the fibre revolution..."
Isn't it nice to be able to
stand upon the shoulders of giants reap the rewards of being a former state monopoly handed a vast amount of infrastructure on a plate.
this async thing is not the way to go
BT are fixated on Async and look at the world like a telephone company not a data network company.
A data network should not decide for users what they use it for. The point of having fibre is to connect and communicate. If I video conference and take wifi for LTE/3G users I need connectivity that works both ways in the same way otherwise everybody affected gets poor performance.
This idea that broadband should be Asynchronous for consumers is completely wrong. It might suit BT's telephone model as it creates dependencies on the network provider that need not otherwise exist but it does not suit data network users.
Re: this async thing is not the way to go
You mean Asymmetric not Asynchronous.
Only broadband is Asymmetric - business data products tend to be symmetric. It's much harder to achieve though, certainly with copper - and so the cost of the service is much higher. I buy Ethernet services across the UK and Europe for my products - some on copper, some on fibre - I don't much care as long as it works - but the point is that 50Mbps costs me anywhere from £600 to £2000 a month, sometimes more.
FTTP private services have been around for years, from BT and France Telecom and Deutsche Telecom and Telecom Italia and KPN and all the other providers - but not at a rate that the average consumer would want to pay for. I had 4x2Mbps delivered on fibre to a site in the early 90's. This isn't a technology problem, it's a cost one.
If you're a 'data network user' as opposed to a consumer Internet user, why are you using consumer products?