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BT Reveals Its First 40MBit Exchanges

Gordon Kelly


BT Reveals Its First 40Mbit Exchanges

Darn those lightening quick (if generally unreliable) cable networks... time for BT to play catch up again.

Following in the footsteps of Virgin's 50Mbit broadband December launch, British Telecom has announced which parts of the country will be able to receive comparable DSL speeds from early 2010.

29 exchanges are on the initial fibre upgrade list with a predictably heavy London influence while Manchester also does surprisingly well (full list below). Notably two non-urban locations will also benefit from day one: Calder Valley (near Halifax) and Taffs Well (near Cardiff) with approximately 500,000 homes and businesses hooked up nationwide. Speeds to these areas will bring up to 40Mbit downstream - and potentially 60Mbit, BT claims - while upload bandwidth could hit 10Mbit.

If you're feeling green with envy keep praying hard as BT admits it will announce further enabled exchanges before 2010 while up to 40 per cent of the populace should be on the list by 2012 as part of the company's £1.5bn fibre roll-out programme.

Conversely, if you are connected to one of these 29 exchanges and feeling pretty smug right now, just remember one thing: you pale into insignificance when compared with the 100Mbit trials bestowed on the lucky sods of Ebbsfleet...


Press Release


March 23, 2009, 7:43 pm

Good grief...looks like my exchange is on the list! I don't suppose there's any word on pricing?


March 23, 2009, 7:50 pm

@Beaky69 - congrats and not a chance! (I'd wager circa &#16340/50pm though)


March 23, 2009, 9:11 pm

WOO HOO im on the list too!

Tommy K

March 23, 2009, 9:18 pm

feeling smug :)


March 23, 2009, 10:03 pm

So BT comes lumbering along to the party, late as usual. At my exchange I can have BT 'Option 3, up to 8Mbps, unlimited' for around &#16324 or I can have BeThere 'up to 24Mb, unlimited' for a couple of quid less. Oooh, tricky one. Maybe in 5 years time when BT get around to doing the south east of the UK, and introduce competitive pricing, then I'll reconsider.


March 23, 2009, 10:43 pm

BT are clearly in no mood to rush this. OFCOM are being incredibly irritating - we've got a telecoms monopoly, so either give them what they want or break them up. Don't leave this stale regulatory (read consensual monopoly) framework hanging around restricting progress.


March 24, 2009, 3:47 am

Surely, speed is one thing, but it's what the bandwidth costs thats the issue. It's all very well streaming data up/down at 40mbit/s when your data allowance is used up in the first day of the month! ISP's are already moaning about bandwidth ( - bless 'em don't no why they choose to be in the data business!) from BBC iplayer et al, what's the 'opportunity' of 40Mbit going to do to them LOL.

prag fest

March 24, 2009, 12:17 pm



I moved to Be from BT over a year ago, thank god and been enjoying uber ADSL2+ all that time. Companies like Be really show up BT for the sluggish, out of date organisation it is. BT, stop wasting time in 'strategy meetings' and just get stuff done!


March 24, 2009, 1:02 pm

Here's hoping I'm on the Didsbury exchange!


March 24, 2009, 1:55 pm

Too little to late... By the time this service is main stream every other high speed service will have moved on. Time to breakup this monopoly.

Maybe I'm a little green cos I'm not on the list.


March 24, 2009, 6:24 pm

Instead of chasing headlines by activating a few exchanges with super-quick broadband BT should concentrate on the millions stuck with their lousy super-slow rubbish. Upgrading their ancient exhanges so everybody can have decent speed should be their priority.

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