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UPD2 UK ISP BT Push FTTP Infinity Superfast Broadband Service to 160Mbps

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 (12:30 pm) - Score 1,917

ISP BT Retail has quietly upgraded its top 100Mbps capable fibre optic superfast broadband BTInfinity package to offer UK internet download speeds of up to 160Mbps (Megabits per second) from £35 inc. VAT a month to home consumers (upload speeds have also boosted from 15Mbps to 20Mbps).

The unexpected development relates to the ISPs Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) based service that is currently only available to a tiny number of premises around the UK (roughly 85,000 homes and businesses passed).

BT’s FTTP service is capable of faster speeds (330Mbps), although so far most ISPs have not been able to deliver an economically viable service at that level (i.e. expensive capacity demands). BT’s Retail division is not immune to such problems and as a result appears to have opted for a more modest boost to 160Mbps.

BT Infinity 160Mbps
* Up to 160Mbps Download Speeds
* Up to 20Mbps Upload Speeds
* Unlimited Usage Allowance (FUP)
* FREE Evening & Weekend Calls to UK landlines
* FREE Connection (normally £130)
* BTHomeHub 3 Wireless Router Included
* Unlimited Wi-Fi minutes
* Advanced online security
* 5GB secure online storage
* 18 Month Contract

Monthly Price: £35 + Phone Line Rental from £10.75

The new service will of course afford BT some very limited bragging rights over Virgin Media’s rival 120Mbps solution. Virgin would no doubt counter that BT’s extremely limited FTTP coverage would make for a very poor comparison.

This should improve next Spring 2013 when BTOpenreach makes its FTTP-On-Demand service available to almost anywhere that their existing FTTC service has covered (66% of the UK by the end of 2014), although the installation price for this is likely to be too high for most home users. Credits to Thinkbroadband for picking up on BT’s change.

UPDATE 25th October 2012

A BT spokeswoman told us that an official announcement about the new service speed should go out today or tomorrow. The ISP will need to be careful because both FTTC and FTTP come under the same BTInfinity brand, which could easily result in confusion due to FTTP’s niche availability.

UPDATE 25th Oct @ 12:16pm

The official launch announcement has been released, which includes a little extra detail.

Pete Oliver, Commercial Director of BT Retail, said:

We have set the standard again by boosting our top speed available to customers. We are seeing strong interest in our fibre broadband offerings and we now have more than 700,000 customers.

160Mb now beats anything offered by our major rivals for speed and today’s substantial speed boost comes at no extra charge, as the price remains the same. Our trials have shown that customers absolutely love our fastest broadband ever.”

The service itself is currently only available via a tiny coverage area from 25 telephone exchanges across the UK including..

BT FTTP Telephone Exchanges
Bradwell Abbey
Burley in Wharfedale
Chester South
Forest Hill
Highams Park
Ilford Central
Mile End
St Agnes
St Austell

It’s worth remembering that only a small number of premises in each area will be able to receive the service.

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18 Responses
  1. Avatar Lester says:

    I’d be happy if my ISP could deliver just 6Mbps :). How much will this the on-demand solution cost when it launches next year as we should be within range of fttc by then?

    1. Avatar FibreFred says:

      No-one knows yet, it is in trial at the moment. The one off install costs will be big one to swallow, some ISP’s might charge that upfront, some may spread it over a long contract.

      But the actual monthly cost for FTTP and FTTP “on demand” should be the same as its the same product, the “on demand” bit just covers the proactive build (the install cost to bring the fibre to your home from the spine/splitter)

    2. Mark Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      BTOpenreach has yet to publish their preliminary pricing, although it’s likely to vary dramatically given that they’re effectively proposing to replace the old copper line with a fibre optic one. You’ll need deep pockets that could potentially extend into the thousands of pounds territory (installation).

    3. Avatar Deduction says:

      A GEA cable link in their REAL FTTP costs £2000 so laying the fibre, splitters etc for ON DEMAND is not going to be cheap (probably more). As for monthly price, obviously that is going to be higher than current FTTC just for starters.

    4. Avatar FibreFred says:

      I don’t we can go off anything you say Deduction as you don’t understand any of the products or the tech.

      This is the person that thought BT GEA FTTP was a single fibre with no breaks or splices or splitters from the exchange to the premise.

    5. Avatar FibreFred says:

      Please stop embarrassing yourself Deduction, Cablelink is what the ISP can buy not an end user http://www.openreach.co.uk/orpg/home/products/super-fastfibreaccess/cablelink/cablelink/downloads/GEA_cablelink_2%2063349%2020111108.pdf

    6. Avatar Deduction says:

      “I don’t we can go off anything you say Deduction as you don’t understand”

      ^^^ Read that… Priceless! 😀

  2. Avatar Andrew says:

    when i was on tehre site earlier register for updates on my echange i seen that and it said 30mb upload not 20

    1. Mark Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      Hmm.. well not anymore 🙂 .

  3. Avatar zemadeiran says:

    I hope to GOD that hyperoptic do a deal with K&C to roll out FTTB…

  4. Avatar Hull_lad says:

    More posturing and *ahem* manhood waving… Who needs this speed yet? We need to get the nation fibred up, then start the speed rhetoric rubbish.

    When was the last time you did a speed test on the electricity to your fridge?

    1. Avatar FibreFred says:

      Its already happening 🙂 for those that want these speeds they can use “on demand” to order them

      I doubt very much they’ll be any BT paid for FTTP, it will be something you can order yourself with on-demand

    2. Avatar Deduction says:

      “Its already happening 🙂 for those that want these speeds they can use “on demand” to order them”

      Again utter nonsense the ON DEMAND product is only in pilot schemes and only available from order in the following locations…
      High Wycombe, Bristol South, Edinburgh Waverley, St Agnes, Manchester Central, Basingstoke, Watford, Cardiff Stadium

      Wont be available until around June 2013 at the earliest for anyone else.

      Any reply from Fibrefred should be ignored this is the same person albeit with a different nickname that was banging on about FTTC Profile 30 services existing before the end of the year. All year long.

    3. Avatar FibreFred says:

      Obviously when On demand is out of trial. I’ve said all along 2013 is its release date

    4. Avatar FibreFred says:

      Oh and feel free to prove I am new Londoner , you’ll have a job on. Your track record on being totally incorrect is better than ever, might as well carry on

    5. Avatar Deduction says:

      “Its already happening 🙂 for those that want these speeds they can use “on demand” to order them”

      “I’ve said all along 2013 is its release date”

      Obviously confused who can order and what year it currently is.

  5. Avatar Ashley says:

    I live in St Austell and was told the best part of a year ago that my address has been designated for FTTP. The whole area is plastered with advertising saying that fibre is available to order but I can’t get a word out of BT on when it will be possible to get fibre at this address, even though many houses just a couple hundred meters from here have had it for some time. In the meanwhile I’m crawling along with miserable ADSL speeds, which means constant video buffering etc.

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