Home
 » ISP News » 
Sponsored

BT Expand 20Mbps Broadband ISP Services to 85 Percent of UK Premises

Monday, August 20th, 2012 (2:11 am) - Score 1,338
bt wholesale uk

BTWholesale has furnished ISPreview.co.uk with its latest “advanced copper” enablement update for August 2012, which reveals that their 20Mbps (ADSL2+) capable Wholesale Broadband Connect (WBC) / 21CN platform is now available to 85% of UK premises (homes and businesses) and is still expanding.

The update marks a respectable +5% increase on BT’s last March 2012 update, when the operators 21st Century Network / WBC coverage reached 80% of UK telephone exchanges. BT is now well on their way to expanding the reach of 21CN to the planned 90% by Spring 2013 (22.5 million premises).

BTWholesale Statement

Exchanges serving around 85% of UK homes and businesses are now enabled for Wholesale Broadband Connect (WBC) advanced copper services offering an up to 20Mbit/s broadband service with many additional benefits.

The news means that BT has finally managed to catch most of its major rivals, which have had similar coverage of ADSL2+ services for the past few years. For example, Sky Broadband’s unbundled (LLU) network currently reaches 83% of the UK via 1,965 telephone exchanges and will hit 88% by June 2013. TalkTalk is also close to 93% after unbundling 2,591 telephone exchanges.

It’s important not to confuse this with BT’s related £2.5bn deployment of fibre optic based superfast broadband (FTTC / P) services, which need the 21CN network but also require additional work at street cabinets (e.g. the installation of new fibre optic cable) before the service can go live.

At present BT intends to make its FTTC/P solutions available to 66% of UK homes and businesses by the end of 2014, although the operator has made no secret of its desire to push this out to 90% of the UK by around 2017 (mirroring their 21CN/WBC coverage target). BT has repeatedly said that it could only go beyond the 66% figure if it were to win the vast majority of the UK government’s £830m Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) budget, which is currently the subject of much debate.

A useful Excel spreadsheet for checking the future availability of WBC ADSL2+ and WBC FTTC services can be found by clicking this link (scroll to the bottom).

Add to Diigo
Mark Jackson
By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
Leave a Comment
7 Responses
  1. Avatar Deduction02

    Congrats to BT on catching up with what the LLUs have supplied for years.

  2. Avatar Edd

    Still think my exchange is gonna be on those last 10%.

  3. Avatar DTMark

    “advanced copper” – LOL

    Exchange just enabled, but line too poor quality to even manage basic broadband no matter what kit is in the exchange.

    So I’ll stick with our very much faster 6Meg to 10Meg HSPA service and spend some cash on getting the antenna optimised instead to see if it will go any faster.

    More positively, one person in the village can now get a broadband service @ 6Mbps+ over a phone line thanks to this upgrade.

  4. Avatar Deduction02

    QUOTE”More positively, one person in the village can now get a broadband service @ 6Mbps+”

    Wow impressive…… Well 5 years ago it would had been 😉 BT useless again blowing own trumpet over something others have done for ages.

    • Avatar DTMark

      From the line stats I have for the area, three people could be in line to receive a basic broadband service @6Mbps+ over phone lines for the very first time… those who get > 5Mbps on ADSL1 at the moment.

      This will however benefit those in Bentley where the exchange is, who I guess might see the dizzying highs of 12Mbps or maybe a little more.

  5. Avatar NilSatisOptimum

    3rd revised date this year, for the exchange I use from the list! Even had emails from retail back in June telling me of the benefits and they had done it, which of course they had not.

  6. Avatar Anon

    still pathetic at fixing problems as lousy bt and there wonderful service NOT

Comments RSS Feed

Javascript must be enabled to post (most browsers do this automatically)

Privacy Notice: Please note that news comments are anonymous, which means that we do NOT require you to enter any real personal details to post a message. By clicking to submit a post you agree to storing your comment content, display name, IP, email and / or website details in our database, for as long as the post remains live.

Only the submitted name and comment will be displayed in public, while the rest will be kept private (we will never share this outside of ISPreview, regardless of whether the data is real or fake). This comment system uses submitted IP, email and website address data to spot abuse and spammers. All data is transferred via an encrypted (https secure) session.

NOTE 1: Sometimes your comment might not appear immediately due to site cache (this is cleared every few hours) or it may be caught by automated moderation / anti-spam.

NOTE 2: Comments that break our rules, spam, troll or post via known fake IP/proxy servers may be blocked or removed.
Cheapest Superfast ISPs
  • Hyperoptic £18.00 (*22.00)
    Avg. Speed 30Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: Code: HYPER19
  • Vodafone £21.00
    Avg. Speed 35Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: Amazon Echo Plus
  • Direct Save Telecom £22.95 (*29.95)
    Avg. Speed 35Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
  • Origin Broadband £23.00
    Avg. Speed 35Mbps, Unlimited
    Gift: None
  • SSE £23.00 (*33.00)
    Avg. Speed 35Mbps, Unlimited (FUP)
    Gift: None
Prices inc. Line Rental | View All
The Top 20 Category Tags
  1. BT (2427)
  2. FTTP (2034)
  3. FTTC (1611)
  4. Building Digital UK (1556)
  5. Politics (1353)
  6. Openreach (1350)
  7. Business (1190)
  8. Statistics (1054)
  9. FTTH (984)
  10. Mobile Broadband (980)
  11. Fibre Optic (948)
  12. Ofcom Regulation (891)
  13. Wireless Internet (872)
  14. 4G (857)
  15. Virgin Media (819)
  16. Sky Broadband (577)
  17. EE (564)
  18. TalkTalk (558)
  19. Vodafone (481)
  20. Security (398)
Promotion
Helpful ISP Guides and Tips
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
»
Sponsored

Copyright © 1999 to Present - ISPreview.co.uk - All Rights Reserved - Terms , Privacy and Cookie Policy , Links , Website Rules , Contact