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NTL Planning 100Mbps Broadband?

Posted: 02nd Feb, 2005 By: MarkJ
The Business website appears to be carrying a news piece that suggests NTL has plans for a 100Mbps service!:

"Fibre can carry up to one gigabit," he [Keith Monserrat, NTL's director of policy] said. "It will be relatively straightforward for NTL to provide speeds of at least 100 megabytes per second across its entire network. By contrast, BT's planned 21st Century network will not be able to deliver speeds above 10 megabytes."

Although NTL will not reveal the timing of the launch of its 100-megabyte service, Monserrat said NTL customers could expect to be offered the service "in the not too distant future".

NTL hopes to establish a market lead over other UK telecoms operators. Other UK internet service providers (ISPs) dispute the need for broadband services much faster than eight megabytes. But according to NTL, ISPs are rolling out 28 megabyte services in France and 20 megabytes services in The Netherlands.

ADSLGuide has also picked up on this and done a good run down of why NTL's comparison to BT may not be fair and whether or not the above article has been correctly interpreted.

We'd have to agree, even for NTL, making the leap to 100Mbps is not quite so easy as they seem to suggest above. Never the less, any hint towards such a level in the UK is impressive simply by nature of existence.
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