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Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 (9:29 am) - Score 2,899
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The consumer division of BT has confirmed that it will shortly launch a new BTInfinity 300 ultrafast broadband package using Openreach’s fastest Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) product, which will offer download speeds of up to 300Mbps (20Mbps uploads) from £50 a month.

The new product has been mooted for a while, although other ISPs have balked at the idea of launching such a service due to the potentially significant additional capacity costs that it could attract. On top of that the native FTTP service only has a tiny coverage and, according to Recombu, has now been enabled at just 159 UK telephone exchanges (around 100,000 premises covered).

However BT itself states that the new 300Mbps service will “initially be available” within 50 exchange areas where FTTP infrastructure has been deployed to date.

At present BT’s top FTTP based Infinity package offers speeds of up to 160Mbps (launch details), which costs £35 inc. VAT per month and includes unlimited usage plus all of BT’s usual bits and bobs (unlimited BTWifi hotspot access, internet security etc.). But you’d be hard pressed to find this FTTP service listed on their summary of consumer products anymore, it seems to be hiding.

David McDonald, BT’s GM for Consumer Broadband, said:

Right now if you called BT’s sale team or looked online the fastest speeds available will be 160Mbps. We’re upgrading this service to give customers 300Mbps down and 20Mbps up and we’ll be launching this later in the year.”

It should be noted that some consumers covered by the slower up to 80Mbps FTTC technology are slowly gaining access to the ultrafast premium FTTP service through FTTP-on-Demand (FoD), although this can cost thousands of pounds to install and its roll-out has around a year left to run.

Similarly McDonald said that FoD is “only a business product right now” (i.e. 36 month contracts) and as yet no consumer variety has been confirmed for BT Retail’s product portfolio, although it is being considered.

At this stage we don’t know the full details but it’s worth mentioning that the cost of this new service will come in addition to standard line rental. It’s not a cheap service but then £50 for 300Mbps, assuming BT can deliver the capacity to it, isn’t too bad is it? The real problem is getting the connection installed since it’s either not available to most people or would be very costly through FoD.

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19 Responses
  1. Avatar DTMark

    In the current financial climate, how many businesses will be prepared to make a commitment for three years: indeed, how many customers would commit to a tie with one provider for that period of time?

    • Avatar Chris

      Plenty of businesses would commit to 3 years in fact. This is vastly cheaper than what we spend on our leased lines and they are all 3yr contracts. I’d say this is definitely in the reach of smaller bushinesses, not your local tearoom sure but certainly a lot.

    • Avatar FibreFred

      This is aimed at proper businesses DTMark, not the ones that expect they should be able run their business on residential cheap as chips provision.

      As Chris says a great alternative to leased line.

      If a business needs this type of connectivity it should be factored into their business plan like any other essential (location, building rent, services, staff wages etc)

      Not sure I understand your current climate comment, I don’t see my house insurance or road tax or shopping bills being vastly reduced so I’m more comfortable and have a better fighting chance in the current climate 🙁

  2. Avatar desouzr

    What is the contract length for the FTTP (300/20) product from BT Retail?

    • We don’t know the final details yet but I expect it might be 36 months, which means BT Retail would have to sell it as a “business” product.

  3. Avatar LincolnshireSpeedsSuck

    BT = Bloody Terrible

    Nuff said

  4. Avatar Ignitionnet

    Shame they’re capping the upload to 20Mb given the product they’re purchasing from Openreach to sell on is 330/30Mb.

    I may be tempted by this if it is released as FTTPoD. Will look into it.

  5. Avatar Robert

    300Mbps (20Mbps uploads) from £50 a month.”

    I assume that as it is “from” will be a monthly limit package, i wonder what the unlimited price will be (if there is an unlimited package).

    Shame about the 20Mb upload also, would had thought that would had been significantly higher.

  6. Avatar FibreFred

    A great announcement = lots of bad comments

    As usual 😉

    If Virgin or any other ISP announced this they’d be applause

    • Avatar DTMark

      It is good news. Sadly if my maths is right it only covers 0.003% of the premises in the country so there’s a very long way to go 🙁

      If a rumour I hear is even faintly accurate, Virgin will indeed be “announcing” something in the near future which will more than compete with this.

    • Avatar FibreFred

      It may only cover 100,000 but it is still more than Hyperoptic and any other ISP in the UK

      I’m sure Virgin will announce something and I’m also sure they’ll still suffer the same issues as they do now just with a higher download speed, not much more upload speed and no traffic management to start with and then plenty in a year

    • Avatar FibreFred

      As for the long way to go, that will be down to demand I guess, fibre on demand

    • Avatar Clive

      Virgin will have a 200+Mbs service coming later this year which also includes a free Android tablet device, do not tell anyone i told you all though 😀

    • Avatar JNeuhoff

      “A great announcement = lots of bad comments”

      What else would you expect? Not everybody falls for BTs poor telecom services, if BT can even offer them. Many users will finally see how backwards BT is with its old copper technology, a dead end road (execpt for FibreFred). Its fibre-on-demand is hardly more than a publicity stunt, overpriced, unavailable to this very day in most parts of the country.

    • Avatar FibreFred

      That’s right, its just me a singular person that can see the benefits of VDSL, if you just ignore that most countries in the world have or are also taking this same path you could almost be right.

      FTTPoD still isn’t in full release, when it is it will be available everywhere, not that it will stop you moaning of course

      You don’t like BT that’s fine, you’ll just have to wait for another telco to rollout next gen services to the majority of the UK, might be in for a bit of a wait tho….

    • Avatar Clive

      Considering FTTPoD will cost thousands just to be installed i see no reason why the moaning will stop. Pointless product which no consumer will want. As to benefits of VDSL, it would be nice if BT actually allowed for any of them instead of crippling the upload speeds. FTTC is even a joke as it stands with the rollout behind and plenty of areas which were promised service still with nothing. (EG parts of the South West and Scotland).

  7. Avatar Alloneword

    I’d pay the money but there is no way i’d commit to 3 years maybe 1 but not a chance of 3.

    All1

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