The Wikipedia page about Kesgrave in Suffolk is sparse to say the least. Its most notable resident is some blogger and its history isn’t exactly bristling with interesting facts and incidents. That, however, could now all change with the news from BT that it will be rolling out 1Gbps broadband to the town in 2011.
The announcement says the roll out will “further support the Government’s vision of creating the best super-fast broadband network in Europe by 2015.” For years now BT has lagged behind Virgin in terms of broadband speeds with Branson’s company currently offering 100Mbps super-fast broadband in parts of London and promising to roll it out to the rest of the country in the next 18month.
BT did announce in October it was going to roll out a 110Mbps service next March but in a more limited range of places initially compared to Virgin’s offering. Currently BT’s fastest broadband on offer is 40Mbps.
The 1Gbps trial will commence in early 2011 and will see BT deliver some of the fastest residential speeds over fibre broadband anywhere in the world today. As well as being rolled out to Kesgrave, the rollout will include up to 40 rural market towns (at a later date) in the next phase of BT’s deployment of super-fast fibre broadband. The purpose of the technical trial is to demonstrate the maximum speed capabilities of BT’s Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) product - namely its ability to deliver downstream speeds of 1Gbps and upstream speeds of 400Mbps to businesses and consumers, subject to the appropriate network conditions and customer equipment.
However, as we heard in October, the UK’s internet infrastructure is not ready for the next generation services. The survey, commissioned by networking company Cisco, did not list the UK as one of the 14 countries that were ready for the “applications of tomorrow”, such as HD quality video streaming.
In its statement BT says they “remains committed to its £2.5 billion pledge to roll-out fibre broadband to two thirds of the UK by 2015 and to working with Government to find ways of delivering fibre to the remaining third of UK homes and businesses.”