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BT Confirms Fixed Fibre Trial Sites

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So you're looking for some fast BT action and - much like the lottery - are putting all your hopes and dreams on a miniscule chance of hitting the jackpot *drum roll*...

Muswell Hill in London and Whitchurch in South Wales, you lucky residents are the winners!

Ok, now I've lost 99(.9?) per cent of our readership lets continue with the skinny: both towns will be the happy recipients of an all fibre network in which BT claims is going to reach speeds of up to 40Mbit. 15,000 homes and businesses in each site will be able to take part in the trial with a BT spokesperson explaining their decision was driven because of the diversity of the areas, residents, geography and wide array of ISPs offering services.

"We are delighted to announce Whitchurch, South Glamorgan and Muswell Hill exchanges as the first sites chosen to pilot our fibre to the cabinet product," explained David Campbell, BT Openreach's director of next generation access. "Services in these areas will be available to all UK communication providers on a wholesale basis. The sites were chosen in consultation with communications providers and took into account feedback from Regional Development Agencies, Devolved Authorities and similar organisations."

On the downside a product launch isn't widely expected until 2010 by which time heaven only knows where Virgin - with its already 100 per cent fibre-based cable service - will be. Against that BT claims the tech upgrade will mean more than 50 per cent of homes and businesses in these areas should achieve a minimum of 20Mbit speeds meaning the traditional distance/performance drop off will be curtailed substantially.

Uses? Multiplatform iPlayer in HD anyone...

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