UK Will Have 300Mbps Downstream Speeds Soon

BT Openreach has announced its plans to open up “Fibre to the Premises” (FTTP) to competitors and promised to offer downstream speeds of 300Mbps by spring 2012.

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At the moment, the service is able to manage 110Mbps downstream speeds at the best case. The Internet service provider will offer its services at Highams Park in North London, Ashford in Middlesex, Bradwell Abbey in Milton Keynes, Chester South, St Austell and York from the end of October. However, this is not all, as the number of locations will increase and speeds will rise. For example, a 1Gbps service is today on trial in Kesgrave, Suffolk.

Country’s communications minister Ed Vaizey announced that high-speed broadband is vital for the economic growth of the United Kingdom. That’s why the country should have the best superfast broadband across all Europe by 2015. The minister explained that improving the country’s broadband infrastructure will undoubtedly help high-tech and digital industries develop and grow.

The Internet service provider is currently looking for public funds that would allow the company to expand its Fibre reach beyond the 2/3 it has pledged to cover. Olivia Garfield, Chief Executive Officer of Openreach, explained that other service providers would also be able to rent the company’s FTTP lines in order to offer their own services. Nevertheless, other ISPs are complaining that BT is charging too much for its FTTP services. For example, the largest country’s ISP Virgin and TalkTalk have already sent a letter to the government, where they expressed their complaints about the ISP’s pricing. In respond, BT claimed that its prices were below the European average. The strange thing is what the ISP used to say about the early digital services, considered by telecommunication companies throughout the globe as a method of screwing money out of punters.

As for the current prices, for the new FTTP services providing 100Mbps downstream speeds and 30Mbps upstream speeds, the British Internet service provider is charging the others over $700 annually for the providers having either an existing wholesale line rental or metallic path facility service. Meanwhile, the broadband providers looking for the same services without wholesale line rental or metallic path facility deals will have to pay for it $900 a year.