Businesses will be able to access 40Mbps fibre broadband for £45 per month under a service launched by BT.
BT said the service gives business traffic priority at times of contention and upstream speeds of up to 10Mbps. It allows businesses to run multiple VoIP, high-definition video conferencing and business-grade cloud applications plus download e-mails, web-pages and FTP files concurrently.
Nigel Stagg, managing director at BT Business, said, "28% of businesses are already using faster broadband to expand their website capabilities, and another 25% are using it to drive more processes online and employ more bandwidth-hungry technology, according to our research. We are committed to rolling out higher speeds and additional coverage across the UK during 2010."
BT Retail confirmed that it will make fibre-based broadband available to 40% of the UK by summer 2012. It said four million business premises will have access to the faster broadband service by the end of 2010.
BT said new and existing BT Business customers in an enabled exchange area will automatically be eligible for the fibre service from 26 January,
Last week BT announced its Infinity service for home broadband users, which also offers 40Mbps.