BT has revealed plans to offer new ultra-fast “on demand” broadband to businesses and homes next year, and will also double the speed of its Infinity service earlier than expected.

BT says that two thirds of Infinity customers will have speeds of up to 80Mbps by the end of the 2014, up from the current 40Mbps limit. But its on demand service will offer comparatively insane speeds of up to 300Mbps by extending the company’s fibre optic network right up to your door. Currently the fiber optic network goes to junction boxes in the street, which are then connected to homes and businesses via copper wire. This acts as a bottle neck, and means drops in speed.

The proposed new service is called “fibre to the premises” or FTTP, and has been successfully trialled in Cornwall. When FTTP becomes available (the aim is spring 2013, dependant on more trials) customers will have to request a fibre optic connection to their home or business, which suggests that this 300Mbps system could end up being fairly pricey. Well, what did you expect?

BT was one of a few companies that came out of Ofcom’s recent broadband speed report looking relatively good. Ofcom found that the average download speed of BT Infinity’s 40Mbps service was between 35.4 and 36.7Mbps. BT’s 20Mbps service didn’t fare so well (7.8 to 9.7Mbps) and Sky, TalkTalk, Plusnet, Karoo and Orange’s figures for services advertised at similar speeds also made disappointing reading.

Of course, even BT’s speeds look feeble compared to the 1Gbps connections now available in South Korea. Maybe we should all move to Seoul.

(Via Digital Spy)

  • http://twitter.com/tawalker T.A. (Tim) Walker

    BT could hook all their exchanges directly up to a 1000MB fibre link, and it would mean the square root of squat-all if the connections between the exchange and the houses aren’t also upgraded.

    We live in a less-than-ten-year-old property, about a mile from a BT Infinity-enabled exchange on the edge of a supposedly high-tech town, and with a following wind we’re fortunate if we nudge 2Mbps on our broadband. It’s apparently down to the length of wet string that serves as our phone line; from what I gather, BT has no idea when our street will get new phone lines which can actually deliver the Infinity service.

    Sure, it’s better than 512Kbps (or worse), but we’re in the absurd situation where we go to the BT site, and it tells us that yes, your exchange is enabled, but no, you can’t get Infinity, and we don’t know when you will. Now I know what the horse must feel like, chasing a carrot on a stick…

  • Anonymous

    Never mind 300Mbps can I please have 20Mbps or faster please this year in North East Wales. Fibre to Cabinet will help until fibre to home.

  • Anonymous

    Never mind 300Mbps can I please have 20Mbps or faster please this year in North East Wales. Fibre to Cabinet will help until fibre to home.

  • Dave

    I am able get both BT’s FTTC (infinity) and Virgin’s top tier service and both are absolutely useless as they dont offer anything but dynamic IP addresses to the home user. Virgin flat out out refuses to provide static IP addresses and BT only provide it on a business tariff with a download cap. Why is it that no-one who provides faster than broadband service will cater for anything but the lowest common denominator, until then I’m stuck with Be.

  • http://profiles.google.com/rob.hunter11 Rob Hunter

    Where does Virgin’s fibre optic network end? Is that at the exchange on at the premises?

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  • Kamaljit

    Just got infinity instaleld it is much better then what i previously got which was barely 8mb i requested the fire to my door which would be in the region of 10000 which i am still debating hahahahha. But until then i am getting speeds of 35-38 which is well worth it as i can feel the difference. I would suggest getting it and encourage neighbours to as well as the more demand the more liekly thwey will roll it out quickly in those areas ratheen remote and isolated areas.

    • Kamaljit

      installed, fibre, likely, they, rather, then, this is why you shoudl do spell checks and proof reads before submitting anything.

      • Kamaljit

        should hahahahaha

  • Kamaljit

    Just got infinity instaleld it is much better then what i previously got which was barely 8mb i requested the fire to my door which would be in the region of 10000 which i am still debating hahahahha. But until then i am getting speeds of 35-38 which is well worth it as i can feel the difference. I would suggest getting it and encourage neighbours to as well as the more demand the more liekly thwey will roll it out quickly in those areas ratheen remote and isolated areas.

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