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