Feeds

BT earmarks super-speedy 300Mbit/s broadband for 50 exchanges

Fibre munchers, arise!

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

BT is planning to offer a 300Mbit/s Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband service to 50 exchanges by the end of this year.

The national telco has not said which exchange areas will get the FTTP service, which will cost subscribers £50 a month.

The telecoms giant claimed it would be punting the fastest download speeds of all major ISPs. The Infinity product will push upstream speeds of 20Mbps, BT said.

Far fewer BT exchanges are being equipped with FTTP than with Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) tech.

BT has invested £2.5bn to deploy FTTP and FTTC to about 65 per cent of properties in the UK. But many more will get fibre via shared cabinets rather than blown directly into their homes or businesses.

The national telco has previously said that the split was roughly 25 per cent FTTP and 75 per cent FTTC, which involves BT Openreach engineers laying fibre from the exchange to a street-side junction box. That service is then carried into homes and businesses via a copper phone line.

BT said it would offer 300Mbit/s downstream speeds to its existing FTTP subscribers who want to upgrade to the "unlimited" package, which comes with a monthly £50 price tag.

The company claimed that the product would not be subject to "usage limits and is free from traffic management".

The telco originally promised more than two years ago that it would use the FTTP tech to deliver downstream speeds of up to 300Mbit/s from April 2012.

Separately, BT said it was planning to launch a new broadband and 802.11ac Wi-Fi router with all of its Infinity packages. The telco added that it will include an integrated VDSL modem in the product so that customers would only need one box at home.

All new customers will be offered the router, dubbed Home Hub 5, once it launches later this year.

"Existing Infinity customers will be able to recontract to get a Home Hub 5 for free or will be able to buy one for a small fee," BT said. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills
BT and Co: Independence vote likely to mean 'increased costs'
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars
Symbian's David Wood bares all. Not for the faint hearted
Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets
... into submission. Weve squeals, ditches payment plans
This flashlight app requires: Your contacts list, identity, access to your camera...
Who us, dodgy? Vast majority of mobile apps fail privacy test
Apple Watch will CONQUER smartwatch world – analysts
After Applelocalypse, other wristputers will get stuck in
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.