As you try to relax this bank holiday weekend while staring out despairingly at the gloomy weather know this: life indoors could soon be getting a lot better.
The gigantic snail also known as British Telecom has revealed to the BBC that it is at last ready to start offering ADSL2+ 24Mbps broadband speeds to limited numbers of people across its national network.
Just one million households will initially be able to get the service which will launch in the second half of 2008 though a statement from the former monopoly did say its ADSL2+ would reach a "potential footprint of 10 million homes and businesses by the spring of 2009". BT failed to expand upon exactly which areas of the country would be first to benefit but I'd bet you a tidy sum it's the usual major cities with the primary focus of London, London and London.
As seems to have become typical with the UK's biggest telco, this roll out is bitty and well behind its more agile rivals with the country's first ADSL2+ provider, Be Unlimited, launching such a service almost two years ago. BT - despite all proof to the contrary - isn't planning to stand still itself though and has already announced bold plans to introduce a VDSL2 (Very High Speed Digital Subscriber Line 2) network across the country at a cost of £4bn over the next three years. VDSL2 can reach speeds of up to 100Mbit.
Still let's not get ahead of ourselves since this sounds very much like the snail boasting about its chances in a sprint relay. Best you just get your nice little ADSL2+ network ticking along first eh BT? Chop, chop...