Tuesday, October 4, 2011

BT's Openreach Expands its FTTP Ambitions to 300 Mbps

Openreach, the wholesale access division of the BT Group, launched its initial 110 Mbps Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) service and announced plans to boost this capacity to 300 Mbps starting next year. The company's first commercial FTTP connections are launching in Ashford in Middlesex, Bradwell Abbey in Milton Keynes, Highams Park in North London, Chester South, St Austell and York this month. Trials of 1 Gbps connections are also underway.

Openreach also revealed a third boost for broadband speeds by saying it now has approval from the relevant authorities to roughly double the speeds delivered by Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) broadband. This development will see FTTC downstream speeds roughly double from up to 40Mbps to up to 80Mbps.

The network upgrade is part of the company's £2.5 billion initiative to make fibre broadband available to two thirds of UK premises by the end of 2015. Openreach reports that more than five million premises already have access to the network.

“Today is a significant step in the UK's broadband journey. These developments will transform broadband speeds across the country and propel the UK up the broadband league tables,�? stated Openreach chief executive Liv Garfield.

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