British fixed line incumbent BT has announced the launch of its third super-fast broadband trial, with the latest stage of trials opening access to fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) services to local businesses in Glasgow. The trial will offer BT Business customers the opportunity to experience downlink speeds of up to 40Mbps and uplink speeds of 2Mbps, and will be free of charge for those customers that are eligible until March 2010. The operator expects to connect customers for the trial around the beginning of 2010.
The telco is already conducting FTTC trials with residential and business users in Muswell Hill, London and Whitchurch in Cardiff, which began back in July 2009. Further, in October 2009 it announced that it would launch trials of fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) services in ‘brownfield’ sites in January 2010. BT is expected to spend around GBP1.5 billion (USD2.47 billion) by 2012 on expanding fibre-based services to around 40% of the UK’s homes and businesses.
Commenting on BT’s fibre-based developments, Bill Murphy, managing director of BT Business, said: ‘Our three super-fast broadband trials will allow businesses to tell us just how they want to use the services and what’s possible in real world conditions. It’s very exciting for BT and those who are about to take part.’