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  • Dec 03 / 2010
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BT Tests 1Gbit/s Broadband

Happy Friday Everyone!

I hope you all have been enjoying the snow! As for me, I’m unable to get home to Kent due to the mass amounts in the countryside so I’m stuck in London with fast broadband and central heating…could be worse

Anyway, I just wanted to share a cool article which I found about BT’s trial in rolling out 1Gbit/s broadband in Suffolk.

The trial is which is being undertaken in Kesgrave involves engineers from BT’s nearby Martlesham Heath labs, will aim for a downstream speed ten times the 100Mbit/s offered to customers at launch. The upstream needle will meanwhile be pushed to 400Mbit/s. After the trial is complete, BT will move ahead of Virgin Media as the UK’s fastest ISP.

BT has so far said about two thirds of its universal network will see fibre optic access points installed in homes and businesses. The rest of the programme will rely on fibre-to-the-cabinet technology, theoretically capable of just up to 40Mbit/s downstream at launch.

In response, Virgin Media is increasing maximum downstream speeds on its entire network from the current 50Mbit/s to 100Mbit/s, by mid-2012; however it only covers around half the country, so for many the BT network is the only option for fixed-line internet access.

I think I speak for everyone who lives in slow to non-existent broadband areas when I say – I’M A SLOW BT BROADBAND CUSTOMER, GET ME FIBRE OPTIC!!!!!!

Wishing you a glorious weekend!
Andy Singh

Extracts of article courtesy of The Register

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