By the end of the month BT engineers will be starting on a significant upgrade of the UK’s telephone exchanges. Once completed, speeds of three times the current 8 Mbps can be expected, however this will still depend on the users location from the exchange.
BT will be using ADSL2+; this can transmit data at twice the current frequency as ADSL2. But how this will be managed by the ISP’s is not yet known, clearly there is a market for faster connection speeds and some users are willing to pay for this service.
In around fourteen months time BT has estimated that they would complete around 850 exchanges, these in turn will provide services to around thirteen million users. However BT does have around 5,500 exchanges throughout the UK which gives an idea of the magnitude of the task.
With the ISP’s already complaining about traffic generated through video, there will definitely be some changes to the way that the consumer pays for their 24 Mbps broadband connection.