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BT's 100Mbps Fibre Broadband Interview
By: Mark Jackson - August 19th, 2008 : Page 1 -of- 3
"The project aims to deliver a range of services, offering top downstream speeds of up to 100Mbps"

Just over a month has now passed since BT stunned industry observers by announcing a £1.5bn plan for the start of a major next-generation fibre broadband rollout, which could reach as many as 10 million homes by 2012 (news). The project aims to deliver a range of services, offering top downstream speeds of up to 100Mbps and the potential for 1000Mbps in the future.

The operator will use a mix of both Fibre to the Premise (FTTP) and Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) fibre optic (FTTx) technology to deliver the service. FTTP is expected to offer speeds of up to 100Mbps and will most likely only be used at newer developments. FTTC is more likely to be used as an enhancement for existing infrastructure, which will initially result in speeds of up to 40Mbps becoming available, rising to 60Mbps later on.

Naturally many questions still surround the operator’s announcement and ISPreview has this week set out to answer some of them. The following represents the result of a brief interview that we recently conducted with a BT spokesman:

1. BT’s new £1.5bn plan to start rolling out fibre optic (FTTC/P) connections on a national scale is an impressive achievement, but a costly one. Early estimates have even suggested that a full country-wide deployment could cost in the region of £10bn, which would be somewhat difficult for BT to afford alone and may hinder future expansion.

To that end, would you like to see the government and wider industry become more willing to commit public funds to this sort of development? To date they have proven somewhat reluctant to involve themselves in this way.

BT: We believe in letting the market be driven by true paying demand and we are confident that if the demand exists then we stand ready to meet it and our recent announcement is tangible evidence of this.

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