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300Mbps UK Fibre Optic BT Infinity 4 Broadband ISP Product Surfaces

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 (8:49 pm) - Score 25,668
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The new 300Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP/H) based and £50 a month fibre optic broadband product from BT Retail, which is called BTInfinity 4, now has a page on the ISP’s website but don’t all rush at once because you probably don’t live in an area where the service is available.

The new product, which was first confirmed during early July 2013 (here), is arguably still more of a marketing exercise than a viable solution for the mass market because the native FTTP service can currently only reach roughly 100,000 premises. The same goes for BT’s existing £35 a month Infinity 3 (160Mbps) package.

In theory it should eventually be possible for anybody with a slower FTTC line to order the FTTP product through a FTTP-on-Demand (FoD) solution but this is currently still being rolled out and isn’t yet supported by either of the above packages. FoD could also cost thousands of pounds to install (you effectively pay for the new fibre optic line to be built) and has more of a business focus (36 month contract anybody?).

BT Infinity 4 Package Details
* Download speeds of up to 300Mbps
* Upload speed of up to 20Mbps
* Unlimited usage allowance
* BT Home Hub 4 included
* Unlimited calls to UK landlines at evenings and weekends
* 18 Month Contract

The new page makes no mention of Line Rental but BT did initially say that anybody taking one of its retail FTTP products would still need to pay for that, which is likely to continue being the case until the Fibre Voice Access (FVA) alternative is finally given a proper introduction to the commercial market (BT has gone quite on this one for over a year and doesn’t like to talk about it when we ask).

As this stage BT hasn’t made a formal availability announcement for the new package, beyond last month’s update, but then they might not bother with such a limited coverage. Indeed there was a time when BTInfinity 3 was listed alongside their other mass market 76Mbps FTTC (Infinity 2) packages but, perhaps to avoid confusing consumers, it’s since been hidden away. Credits to Thinkbroadband for spotting the development.

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16 Responses
  1. Avatar andy

    Cannot get anykind of fibre product yet, think bt need to get everyone on something before getting to carried away

  2. Avatar Chayne

    Meanwhile, on my 8 meg line….

  3. Avatar JNeuhoff

    This is just another publicity stunt by BT. Not even BTs FTTPoD will be available for a long time to come.

    • Avatar FibreFred

      I wouldn’t call a product available to 100,000 prems a “publicity stunt”.

      As for availability of FTTPoD unless you have something from Openreach we don’t I don’t know how you can say “long time” 🙂

    • Avatar JNeuhoff

      @FibreFred: You can directly contact BT, and they will confirm it. This is what we did!

    • Avatar TheFacts

      Was that generally or for your location?

  4. Avatar art

    It would be nice if bt could give me 2mbs i get 1.35 mbs and pay £30 a month

    • Avatar Justin

      I’d be peed off if I got that for that too. I get 75 down and 19 up for £26.

      But I must admit that I’d quite like 300.

  5. Avatar ant

    My speed from BT is also very poor i wish Virgin was in my area the ofcom report shows how great their packages are, sometime even exceeding the upto speed.

  6. Avatar ant

    Yes just over 50Mb out of 76Mb

  7. Avatar ant

    Must be the high downstream jitter compared to other products.

  8. Avatar demon

    what the hell do we need 300mbps broadband when they will be nothing to use them speeds for due to blocking every fecking website this poxy government is blocking and isp are fecking useless .

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