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First Fibre-to-the-Premises Customer Connected – Hits 92.7Mbps


First Fibre-to-the-Premises Customer Connected – Hits  92.7Mbps

The first customer in the UK on BT’s FTTP trials has been connected, and has reported download speeds between 67.2Mbps and 92.37Mbps. Upload was a steady 15Mbps, the maximum supported by the FTTP trial. Latency to the BBC web site was reported as between 5 and 6ms.

Plusnet user ‘herbiejhopkins’ was connected earlier this week, and reported his findings 83633.msg726607.html#msg726607 in the PlusNet forums. The speeds achieved depended on the speedtest service used and the time of day it was run.

“So far the connection has been 100% stable, no problems to report. A huge upgrade to my 2Mb ADSL2+ !”, herbiejhopkins reported.

Plusnet is a BT owned ISP, and as such has access to BT’s FTTP (Fibre-to-the-Premises) trials, which uses fibre-optical connections to offers a theoretical download speed of 100Mbps, and a maximum upload of 15Mpbs.

Plusnet said that more FTTP customers would be connected in the next couple of weeks and that it would extend the trial to a batch of customers in the Milton Keynes area.

As its blog post explains, these speeds are achievable as with FTTP there is no copper cable connection anywhere along the link. All copper connections are limited to a theoretical maximum of 24Mbps using ADSL2+.

BT is currently also conducting FTTC trials, with a theoretical maximum of 40Mbps for downloads, where the connection uses optical up to the cabinet, and then copper to the premises.

Cable rival Virgin Media offers up to 50Mbps service on its DOCSIS 3.0 network, has announced plans for a 100Mbps service. It also claims to be trialling 200Mbps and even 400Mbps.

TrustedReviews recently investigated the various issue with Broadband in the UK, and while the Plusnet FTTP speeds are impressive they will do little to dampen the frustrations of those stuck with basic services.

Are you impressed by the speeds achieved with FTTP? Are you stuck in a remote area on a 1Mbps service with no hope in sight? Vent your thoughts in the comments below.

Via: ZDnet

Link: Plusnet blog post


July 22, 2010, 11:10 pm

Several errors there:

"Upload was a steady 15Mbps, the maximum supported by FTTP"

This may be the maximum available in the trial but it's not the maximum supported by FTTP.

"Latency was reported as between 5 and 6ms"

To where? From where? Latency is absolutely meaningless without knowing which two points it's between.

"as such has access to BT&#8217s FTTC (Fibre-to-the-Premises) trials"

FTTC should be FTTP.


Obviously the speeds are fairly low for fibre but it's good to see more trials going ahead proving that it's possible and that, at least for the first customers, there's no major traffic jam elsewhere in the system.

Sean Groarke

July 22, 2010, 11:40 pm

So... a story about end-to-end fibre illustrated with a close-up of a bunch of Copper Ethernet connections. Mmmkay.

Anyway, nice to see that the UK is now, finally, starting to try and catch up the technology gap between itself and the rest of the developed world. ;-)

(Yeah OK: I know that fibre to the house is not everywhere... But it's not the rarity it obviously is in the UK either!)


July 22, 2010, 11:41 pm

I have FTTH here in ireland. Supposed to be 50Mbits down and 8 Mbits up. However I've never seen those figures. I regularly get 85-90Mbits down and 20-25Mbits up. Plus:

PING www.l.google.com ( 56(84) bytes of data.

64 bytes from lm-in-f103.1e100.net ( icmp_seq=1 ttl=56 time=1.72 ms

64 bytes from lm-in-f103.1e100.net ( icmp_seq=2 ttl=56 time=1.66 ms

64 bytes from lm-in-f103.1e100.net ( icmp_seq=3 ttl=56 time=1.65 ms

64 bytes from lm-in-f103.1e100.net ( icmp_seq=4 ttl=56 time=1.60 ms



July 23, 2010, 12:07 am

Oh yes I'm one of the foolish rural dwellers on sub 1Mbps thanks to the sluggish development of internet in the country. Why are they being allowed to do this when there are such humungous tracts of the country still stuck in the Dark Ages. Please BT/ Virgin/ whoever has the heart get the whole country up to the same speed!


July 23, 2010, 12:30 am

You mention FTTC a lot which is fibre to the cabinet and copper to the house I think BT's network is mostly FTTC and FTTH in only a few areas. Maybe Enfield will be one of the lucky few!


July 23, 2010, 1:04 am

Makes me sick... as i tick along at 1.4Mbps :(

I'd happily pay upto £300 a month for 50Mbps at work if I could get it..

Ala Miah

July 23, 2010, 1:34 am

Fibre optic to the premises is very promising. i suppose the roll out BT is doing now is just to the cabinets and that isn't due to finish until late 2011 for everyone so earliest possible time frame for this is 2014/2015!

Fingers and arms crossed!


July 23, 2010, 3:16 am

"Upload was a steady 15Mbps, the maximum supported by FTTP."


"Our initial trial lines will be up to 100Mbps down and 15Mbps up. Faster upload speeds up to 30Mbps are expected later in the trial."


July 23, 2010, 4:33 am

I thought the early FTTC (BT Infinity) users are seeing 80/90Mb down? They quote 40Mb as a guide for those on crappy lines a distance from the cabinet.


July 23, 2010, 11:53 am

The BT guys were in front of my house 2 nights ago at like midnight. We went out to ask what was up and they said they were working on upgrading the broadband in the area. Checked SamKnows and what do you know? Dunfermline is set for FTTC by end August. Awesome, now I can get out of the 2MB I've been in for more than 5 years. It was great to start with but now you want more - and soon I'll have more!


July 23, 2010, 12:55 pm

It&#8217s about time. Fingers crossed the plethora of BTOpenworld vans clogging the roads in Milton Keynes mean this trial is finally picking up pace.

I've been on Broadband, in MK, for almost 10 years. I'm literally 2 miles from the city centre - when I joined I was initially told I was too far away from the exchange (the infamous Bradwell Abbey super exchange). Now 10 years later my "up to 20Mb" broadband sometimes gets to almost 2Mb. If I get hooked up to 100MB connection I doubt I&#8217ll ever move house.

At least those in rural locations have other benefits associated with actually being in rural locations. Being in one of the few places in the UK where you can be 2 miles from the centre of a major town on "rural" connection speeds is unbearable.


July 23, 2010, 12:58 pm

Always one step behind what cable can get out to a much wider audience.

The whole country should be cabled, could maybe have happened if it wasn't for Sky systematically trying to destroy the cable companies.


July 23, 2010, 1:37 pm


You really should be blaming the tories many moons ago, I believe it was mid eighties early nighties that BT was banned from using its network to distribute digital entertainment services, to allow the likes of NTL etc to do it.

Had they not been banned I suspect our telecoms infrastructure would be a damn sight better than it is now.

Also I do not believe the cable network has been expanding to any significant levels since NTL/C&W stopped their project.

I know a new large housing estates in cities that have cable and can not get cable as it was not run into these new estates, so unless you live in the right place in the right city you don't get cable.



July 23, 2010, 1:52 pm

@ Kimbie. The infrastructure is better as a result of that... in the cities of course :)

Benny Har-Even

July 23, 2010, 2:04 pm

@ Xiphias

Thanks for your points - article has been updated.


July 23, 2010, 2:11 pm

I think that the cable companies could never make any money. They where in so much debt that they had to stop laying cable. If/when virgin starts to make money, they can start laying cable again, they are also looking at using telegraph poles.


July 23, 2010, 4:08 pm

@Bearded Hawk

I too live a mile and a half from CMK and my exchange is in Stony Stratford, winding along a good 4 miles of twisted Kit Kat wrappers and bits of string. I get a steady 2.6Mb from my Sky sub (a neightbour with BT barely gets 1.0Mb from the same exchange). I did spot a whole load of BT broaband vans along Stratford Road last Sunday after leaving church, so I rather hope that things might improve soon.

Vagn Henning

July 23, 2010, 4:26 pm

I wonder which theories predict a top speed of 24 Mbps for ADSL. I get twice that (40d/8u) through my decades old telephone wire that runs several times around my apartment, and lord knows how many times around the block. But then of course, that's Danish telephone wire.

As long as the speeds are measured in Mbps rather than Gbps, someone somewhere is doing something wrong.

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