Openreach to trial symmetric 1Gbps FTTP offering

17 Jun 2019

Openreach, the network arm of British fixed line incumbent BT, is reportedly set to begin trials of fibre-based broadband offering symmetrical speeds, ISPreview reports. With customers taking a service over Openreach’s fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) infrastructure currently only offered asymmetric speed plans, it is understood that the provider currently plans to offer four trial tiers, which at the top end would provide for peak symmetrical speeds of 1Gbps and a ‘prioritised rate’ of 220Mbps down/up. However, the report notes that the trial tiers remain subject to the outcome of a new business-focused FTTP consultation, which is due to be published by end-June. Further, it is understood that the top two tiers would only be available to those covered by Openreach’s XG-PON deployment, and not those served over equipment provided by Israel-based ECI.

United Kingdom, BT Group (incl. Openreach), Openreach