10/01/2008

BT bets its future on broadband 20 times faster than now | Technology | The Guardian

BT bets its future on broadband 20 times faster than now | Technology | The Guardian

BT is to fibre 10,000 homes as part of a trial in Ebbsfleet next August. The system will support speeds of 100Mb/s (though this could probably be increased). It's a new build area so fibre will be part of the build-process and used instead of traditional copper telephony, presumably directly into BT's 21CN.

The service will be put in by BT Openreach meaning it will be available to other ISPs and media players as well as BT.

Though copper is currently the norm, fibre for all new-builds should be thought about. Unfortunately this doesn't cover existing infrastructure so current homes will be stuck with DSL services for a while. It's been estimated to replace the current copper would cost around £10bn and if BT did it, it would lead them into a regulatory nightmare.
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