Openreach, the infrastructure arm of British fixed line incumbent BT, has announced that it is more than trebling the maximum downlink speeds available over its fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network, from 330Mbps to 1Gbps. The company noted that its wholesale FTTP network currently passes more than 327,000 homes and businesses, with the new faster services expected to be made available across the entire infrastructure next month. BT added that the number of premises passed by FTTP is expected to double over the next twelve months, climbing to two million by the end of 2020.
The press release outlined details of two new wholesale products to be launched by Openreach on 6 December 2016, including a new up-to 500Mbps (download) product with an upload speed of up-to 165Mbps, and an up-to 1Gbps option (with uplink of up-to 220Mbps).
Openreach CEO Clive Selley commented: ‘We’re committed to taking the UK from being a super-fast to an ultra-fast nation, and whilst we’re extending the reach of our FTTP network, we’re also boosting the speed and variety of the services we can offer over it … We’ve been working closely with our wholesale communications provider customers to develop these new ultra-fast products, and we expect the new higher speed services will be of particular interest to small and medium businesses … This is another example of how our mixed technology approach is getting the fastest possible speeds to the largest number of people in the shortest possible timeframe.’