BT invites telcos to sign up to FTTP trials
Ultrafast broadband among product scrutiny tests ahead of full launch
BT has kicked off a trial and pilot scheme to which rival ISPs can sign up. It will run until mid-June this year.
The national telco invited members of the next generation access (NGA) group to test out its "ultrafast" 330Mbit/s, 30Mbps upstream speed fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) download product and the company's up to 80Mbps downstream, 20 Mbps upload speed FTTP tech.
It said that its subsequent pilot would "be based upon a sample size of between 100 to 150 orders (including those involved in the technical trial)."
The trials will only take place in six areas: Bradwell Abbey, Highams Park, Ilford Central, Leytonstone, York and Wembley.
As of 21 May, the pilot will be extended to those parts of UK that Openreach has already upgraded to FTTP. BT is expecting to "pass" around 2.5 million premises with that technology by 2014 as part of its £2.5bn investment in its cabling infrastructure.
Its fibre-to-the-cabinet product is much more prevalent throughout the land, however.
BT said that during the pilot it would be looking to:
- Continue [to] monitor the behaviour of the network;
- Confirm [that] operational process changes and internal communications have not been adversely impacted by the change; and
- Gather evidence from communications providers on end user experience.
By 11 June the company will begin charging telcos that wish to continue to use the service on a wholesale basis. ®
I have the same issue, my cab hasn't been upgraded, but the 'area' has apparently been enabled for FTTC.
I received a letter from BT (addressed to my address, not an unaddressed leaflet) the other day inviting me to sign up to BT infinity, so I tried and it's still not fucking available.
You would think they would have the brains to send letters to those who can get the service, not those who can't.
No modem thanks
If BT-OR want FTTC to be a hit with service providers they need to drop managed installs and let us have wires only. Modern routers are often ADSL and VDSL2 capable now, and it would allow a proper view of what is going on with the line (in terms of signal strength, errors, retrains) which the managed BT modem masks, let alone the benefits of removing another powered device which could fail.
Come on OR, drop the FTTC modem!
FTTC is so passe now ..
Living in a town with over 100,000 inhabitants and which is officially FTTC enabled I'd like BT to actually deliver FTTC to the cabinet at the bottom of the road rather than just declaring our town now has FTTC and going off and declaring another set of exchanges they plan to make "FTTC Enabled". There seems to be no plan for BT to ever extend their FTTC coverage in our town.. and then they wonder why people jump to other alternatives.
FTTP will no doubt be another complete headline grabbing farce and just a way of taking more money from the government.