Sunday, October 31, 2010

BT Plans Trial of 1 Gbps FTTH

BT plans to conduct a technical trial of 1 Gbps fibre broadband speeds in Kesgrave, Suffolk and the inclusion of up to 40 rural market towns in the next phase of its FTTH deployment. The 1 Gbps trial will commence in early 2011 and will demonstrate the maximum speed capabilities of its Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) product. The trial will test the delivery of broadband speeds at 1 Gbps downstream and 400 Mbps upstream.

BT said selected market towns where premises and cabinets are suitably clustered will now be eligible for fibre deployment. BT will therefore be including up to 40 rural market towns in the next phase of exchanges for fibre broadband. These areas will be able to enjoy the benefits of the technology from late 2011/early 2012. BT plans to announce the next list of exchanges in January 2011.

BT are reaffirmed its commitment to its £2.5 billion pledge to roll-out fibre broadband to two thirds of the UK by 2015 and to working with Government to find ways of delivering fibre to the remaining third of UK homes and businesses.