The UK could look forward to shooting up the broadband speed charts as BT reveals plans to offer customers 110Mbps fibre optic broadband next year.
BT Openreach, the company that manages the BT network, has announced plans to make fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband available to ISPs on the network. The service is planned to go live in March 2011.
However, the full fat 110Mbps download speeds will only be available at peak times, and will be capped to 20Mbps at other times. Upload speeds are given as 15Mbps.
The service will cost other ISPs £258 which equates to £21.54 a month, though at this point we can only guess what the ISP’s will charge consumers.
If, as we are, you’re wondering why the headline speed is 110Mbps, and not 100Mbps, then we must assume that’s it’s primarily for marketing purposes. Virgin Media, which currently offers a 50Mbps as its fastest speed, has announced plans for a 100Mbps service. However, Virgin’s service will be more widely available that BT’s at launch.