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July 3, 2009

BT’s next gen trials about to start


by David Allen

Next week will see the start of BT’s fibre based broadband trials.

These will take place in Muswell Hill, London and Whitchurch in Wales.

Around thirty thousand homes will be connected to over a hundred street cabinets that have been fitted with the latest fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) technology.

This service is boasting a top speed of up to 40 Mbps, but speed depends on how far the homes are from the cabinet and the average speed is likely to be around 15 Mbps.

This technology was trialled not far from the BT research centre in Ipswich, but the test in Foxhall was on a much smaller scale.

Consumers are concerned that the BT rollout is way behind that of rival fibre broadband provider Virgin Media, but according to BT, it only expects the take up of fibre broadband services to be around 20% to 25%.

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