For a while now Virgin Media has been the top dog when it comes to superfast broadband provision, but BT Openreach is looking to change all that by offering speeds of up to 300Mbps by early next year.
BT announced three significant developments regarding its broadband plans for the next four years.
The headline announcement is regarding its Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) 300Mbps service which it promises to roll out by Spring 2012, but of more immediate impact is the roll out of a 110Mbps Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) service to six towns in the UK later this month.
The 110Mbps service will outstrip Virgin Media fastest offering of 100Mbps and with the fibre optics going all the way into your house, should ensure that the advertised speeds should be some where near the real life speeds.
The lucky towns will be Ashford in Middlesex, Bradwell Abbey in Milton Keynes, Highams Park in North London, Chester South, St Austell and York.
Finally BT announced it has received approval from the relevant authorities to roughly double the speeds delivered by its current FTTC broadband from 40Mbps to 80Mbps.
Communications Minister Ed Vaizey said: “These are significant announcements and good news for the UK. High-speed broadband is essential for economic growth, which is why we want the UK to have the best superfast broadband in Europe by 2015. Improving the UK’s broadband infrastructure will help our high-tech, digital industries grow. It will ensure the UK is an attractive place to start-up and base the businesses of tomorrow.”
BT said it is hoping that its superfast broadband will be available to two thirds of UK households by the end of 2015, which is in line with government targets.
The technology which BT is rolling out is of course capable of even higher speeds (up to 1Gbps) and these speeds are currently being tested, which all bodes well for the UK broadband landscape in the coming years.