British fixed line incumbent BT has announced the launch of a range of speed increases for its fibre-optic broadband service ‘BT Infinity’. From today (12 April) customers signing up to the company’s new ‘BT Infinity 2’ package will be able to experience maximum download speeds of up to 76Mbps, double the 38Mbps theoretical download rate of its ‘Infinity 1’ product, while the maximum upload speed for the new fibre-optic package is 19Mbps. BT has also boosted the maximum upstream rate of the ‘BT Infinity 1’ product from 1.9Mbps to up to 9.5Mbps. New and existing BT customers switching to the company’s fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) service from other packages will automatically benefit from these higher speed packages, while current ‘BT Infinity’ customers will be able to switch to the faster products by starting a new contract, at no extra cost. John Petter, managing director of BT Consumer, said: ‘Super-fast broadband is helping people enjoy the internet far more than ever before. However, many providers have forgotten about the importance of fast upload speeds. BT believes that fast upstream speeds are vital given how people now use the internet and so we are distancing ourselves from the competition by providing the UK’s fastest upload speed.’ BT Infinity is currently available to more than seven million premises across the UK, but BT plans to expand coverage to ten million during this year and then to around two-thirds of all UK premises by the end of 2014.
Today’s speed upgrade has come on the back of a report by CommsUpdate yesterday which stated that BT’s network arm, Openreach, had opened up access to the 80Mbps FTTC network for all service providers, paving the way for other ISPs to follow with similar new high speed products.