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BT Openreach UK Details Ultrafast 220Mbps FTTP Broadband ISP Pilot

Posted Thursday, December 27th, 2012 (7:36 am) by Mark Jackson (Score 1,831)
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BTOpenreach, which manages access to BT’s national UK communications network, has confirmed that the first technical trial of its new 220Mbps (Megabits per second) Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based broadband product for ISPs will take place between 1st and 28th February 2013.

The new intermediate service (FTTPs top download speed currently reaches up to 330Mbps) will typically be limited to a small number of telephone exchange areas (i.e. Bradwell Abbey, Chester South, Exeter and York) and is to be followed by a full pilot that should run from 1st March 2013 until 31st May 2013. The final commercial service is then expected to be introduced during the summer of next year.

Openreach Statement

During both the technical trial and pilot stages Openreach will not be charging for the product rental. Any other charges (for example connection, managed install, missed appointments) will continue to be charged as the published pricing for GEA-FTTP.

The launch charges for 220/20 Mbit/s product variant are currently being finalised and will be released closer to the launch date.

The new service, which has been in the pipeline since earlier this year and also offers upload speeds of up to 20Mbps, forms part of Openreach’s wider efforts to streamline its portfolio by slashing the number of full fibre optic broadband (FTTP) products from 10 to just 5 by March 2014.

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13 Responses
  1. Ignitionnet

    Looking forward to taking this up via an FTTPoD install.

    This’ll be the product BT Retail are planning to use for the 160Mb service, no point paying the extra for the 330 any more than they have to.

    Hopefully that 160Mb will be higher by then or another operator will have higher speeds via FTTP available :)

  2. Phil

    220/20 is pretty poor for upload really, should be 220/110 ?

    • FibreFred

      I doubt most people actually “need” 110 upload to be fair.

    • Kyle

      Agreed. I struggle to get above 1Mb when I was predicted 5.6Mb!

    • Darren

      I wouldn’t mind 110Mb’s upload. Currently backing up over 500GB of data at 18Mb/s. Doing about 8GB an hour so it’s going to take 62 hours. I’ll do it in bits though rather than leave the PC on so it will probably take about a week. With 110Mb upload I could do it in one go in 10 hours.

    • FibreFred

      Is that what you average home users does regularly though? Backup 500Gb of data?

    • Toonshorty

      With cloud computing becoming ever more prominent then I would say that while not yet mainstream, upload rates are becoming ever more important. My Dad just spent many hours uploading his music collection to Google Music at 1Mb/s, at times like those having 100Mb/s upload would be very useful.

    • FibreFred

      But that’s a “one off” transfer, how many home users need to shift 100’s of GB’s up regularly?

    • Toonshorty

      If you asked someone a few years ago who needs to shift any data to the cloud they would have lost you at cloud. Sure, we may not really need 100Mb/s upload right now but in a few years it’s likely we will. Also, I don’t see how a larger upload is in anyway a bad thing.

    • Stuart

      For as long as we have CPU cycles fast enough to number crunch the data flowing in and out of our broadband lines, we will always find uses for the bandwidth.

      Maybe when Holodecks become a reality, we will need fast upload speeds to share our realtime experiences with each other. Who knows… build the infrastructure, and the apps will come.

    • New_Londoner

      Perhaps the answer is to offer a range of upload speeds and price points, let each customer decide. How about offering upload speeds at 10%, 25%, 50% and 100% of download speed?

  3. FibreFred

    “Also, I don’t see how a larger upload is in anyway a bad thing.”

    Its not a bad thing but its a cost, upload just like download costs money there’s no point allocating it to everyone and sizing for it if it isn’t going to be used by the majority

    As New_Londoner says it would be better as a change of package as its pretty niche I would say

    • FibreFred

      Or maybe in the future they could make it more flexible so say… you get a 240Mbps package which you can carve up how you like at ordering time so say… 120down/120up or however you want (to a certain degree) and then pay to change it mid contract should you wish

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