BT speeds up fibre to the cabinet to boost UK broadband

BT is boosting its fibre to the cabinet broadband service to deliver 80 Mbps downlink and 20 Mbps uplink speeds.

BT Openreach is rolling out faster fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) broadband to ISPs from early April, which it claims will increase downstream speed from 40Mbps to 80Mbps.

The upgrade is part of BT’s £2.5bn commercial roll-out of superfast fibre broadband in the UK. The telecoms firm said the infrastructure currently delivers up to 40Mbps downloads and up to 10Mbps uploads. It claims the upgrade marks a significant milestone in its development of the technology, and is expected to deliver a significant boost to households and businesses where the service is available.

BT said the high-speed service is expected to be rolled out to two-thirds of UK premises by the end of 2014. There is potential for this footprint to be extended even further with funding available from government agency BDUK, other public funds and further private sector investment. 

Mike Galvin, Openreach managing director of network investment said, “The faster speeds will be available in a month’s time and so it is now up to broadband providers to decide how and when they offer these faster speeds to their customers. The platform is there and we are confident there will be demand for these enhanced services.”

However, the final third of the population, in rural areas not covered by BT, will not benefit from the service.

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