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BT Openreach Offers “first ever” UK Wide 100Gbps Service to ISPs

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 (1:19 pm) - Score 1,722

BTOpenreach, which maintains BT’s national UK telecoms network, has moved to give big broadband ISPs and mobile operators more capacity for their networks by launching the “first ever UK-wide” 100Gbps (Gigabits per second) capable service.

Openreach claims that its new suite of high-bandwidth optical services, which is supported by Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, will enable ISPs to “transport larger amounts of data, over longer distances, in a more cost effective way“. The new service is set to become fully available on 29th April 2014.

Apparently BT’s Technology, Service & Operations (TSO) have already built a “next generation” Optical network across 120 core locations and the Ciena 6500 solution will allow them to provide the access tails into this network from other ISPs with Ciena based core networks. Previously some providers will have required multiple 10Gbps circuits to achieve a similar result.

Jon Hurry, Openreach’s MD for Strategy, Commercial, Portfolio & Policy, said:

As more and more businesses move to high-bandwidth, cloud based services and applications, our CP customers are looking to support them with a much broader range of high-quality connectivity options.

These new optical services from Openreach are future-proof, and they take advantage of BT’s unrivalled investment in fibre infrastructure across the UK. They also come with the backing of our combined professional service teams, giving customers access to world class expertise and support from both Openreach and Ciena.”

In fairness BT aren’t the only provider of 100Gbps links and indeed whether or not such a service can be described as a “first ever” for being available UK-wide is perhaps more a question of cost than any other physical barrier.

Anything is possible if you have enough money. But Openreach’s new solution claims to be “cost effective for long distance services“, with an ability to serve beyond the “103km max route distance of current OSA capability (with no distance limitations)“.

Needless to say, solutions like this are essential for helping to combat the ever-increasing data demands of modern home users and businesses. Today it’s 100Gbps but the kit being used could eventually go faster.

NOTE: The existing Ciena 4200 solutions will still be available to order alongside this new addition to Openreach’s Optical Spectrum Extended Access (OSEA) portfolio.

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24 Responses
  1. Avatar JNeuhoff

    The true bottleneck are not the backhaul networks (well execpt for maybe BT) but the dismal state of copper local loops, and the heavy investment into yesterday’s local loop copper technologies such VDSL into many commercially unviable areas.

    • Avatar Unknown101

      Boring. This article has nothing to do with copper, I doubt after purchasing a 100Gbs fibre product theyll have a copper pair to take it to whatever they are using it for. Your comments are getting ridiculous, we understand you dislike copper.

  2. Avatar Andy

    Boring? maybe.. true? definitely.
    Openreach need to get off their backsides and improve the state of last mile connectivity before trumpetting about ever increasing speeds that virtually nobody can get.

  3. Avatar George

    “first ever”, “cost effective” you have to wonder what they are smoking.

    • Avatar New_Londoner

      So which companies would already allow me, if I ran an ISP, to purchase a 100Gbps link at the moment?

    • Avatar No clue

      LOL talk about a pathetic argument attempt.

      Try reading the article and see who BT are getting it from.

      For others you could perhaps try google rather than try to annoy people with ridiculous questions. If you can not find any on google offering 100 Gbps links then perhaps its best you are not an ISP, ANDREW.

      I will help though, Easynet as an example have been offering 100Gbps links for over a year now, not that i doubt many have bought them as just like this it costs a fortune. I will let you get back to collecting your sponsorship fees for this years shame award event.

    • Avatar New_Londoner


      No idea what you’re talking about @No clue. Never mind though, not sure you have either, much of the time.

    • Avatar Raindrops

      Oh now it makes sense who he is.

    • Avatar George

      What a strange question to ask considering the article links to one of the companies an ISP could buy a link from. Agreed entirely good job he is not an ISP does not pay enough attention.

    • Avatar FibreFred

      Sounds like George has misunderstood the article


    • Avatar George

      Sounds more like someone else has already explained you failed to read the article entirely again before asking your ridiculous question.

  4. Avatar Phil

    April’s Fool

  5. Avatar Ignitionnet

    It’s really bad that I could guess a good part of this comments section before I’d even seen it.

    All we need is some stuff about digital divides, maybe a mention of the copper cabal directly even though it’s been alluded to, and we’re pretty much there.

    • Avatar No clue

      “It’s really bad that I could guess a good part of this comments section before I’d even seen it.”

      You predicted in advanced you would be the first to call a user a fool on the comments???? Impressive!

  6. Avatar zemadeiran

    copper cabal digital divide…

  7. Avatar Andy

    Well I guess last mile connectivity doesn’t even come into it for those who cannot even access FTTC!!

    • Avatar GNewton

      Actually, it does, because almost all exchanges are connected to a nationwide fibre backbone, almost all DSL lines are either FTTE (fibre-to-exchange) or FTTC (fibre-to-cabinet) based.

      Of course, the fibre backbones are not the same as the access networks (the latter being mostly copper local loops), but the OP has a valid point because both are needed and have to be improved, and it is the generally poor end-customer’s experiences with BT which makes this news story of so-called “first-ever UK wide 100Gbps Service to ISPs” sound like a bad joke to them. However, this BT product might be useful for some ISPs.

  8. Avatar JNeuhoff

    I love chips.

  9. Avatar FibreFred

    This is great news for ISP’s. Good to see high speeds products being available, great future investment.

  10. Avatar TheFacts

    This is not just a product for ISPs.

  11. Avatar doofy

    100gbps my ass if its openreach who have done it be supercrap and superslow the cowboys are back !!!!

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