Ultra-Fast 300Mbps Broadband coming to the UK next year

BT have just announced that they successfully trialled their new Ultra-Fast “FTTP on demand” broadband, which is capable of reaching download speeds of up to 300Mbps and is expected to be available across the UK by mid-2013. Amazing, I know.

 BT today announced it has held successful trials of “FTTP on demand” in St Agnes, Cornwall. This solution allows additional fibre to be run on demand to a home or business in a Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) enabled area, providing the customer with ultra-fast Fibre to the Premise (FTTP) broadband.

Previously, FTTP speeds weren’t possible in FTTC enabled areas but BT has developed a solution that takes advantage of the fibre it has already deployed between the exchange and the street cabinet.

The technological development has the potential to transform the UK broadband landscape. This is because FTTP – which will soon offer end users speeds of up to 300Mbps – could be made available anywhere in BT’s fibre footprint where a customer requires it. BT will conduct further trials of FTTP on demand this Summer with a view to making the service commercially available to all communications providers by Spring 2013.

While this is good news for the UK as a whole, it is major for BT, as they will be offering the fastest broadband service in the UK when it is finally rolled out — Edging out rivals Virgin Media, who currently offer 100Mbps to customers right now, but have plans to upgrade the speeds to 120Mbps over the course of the next year or so.

Personally, I’m hoping that Sky take a hint from this and upgrade their broadband service so I can finally receive faster download speeds, as I’m currently on 12Mbps (the overall service is still good though.) I’ve heard they’re apparently already trialling fibre optic broadband in some parts of the UK, so the wait might end up being shorter than expected.


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