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November 26, 2010

BT lowers fibre broadband minimum to 5Mbps

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by Darren Allan

BT Wholesale has announced that it is to lower the minimum threshold at which ISPs can resell its fibre-to-the-cabinet broadband lines.

Previously, the minimum speed which an ISP could provide a fibre service to a customer with was 15Mbps, but now providers will be be able to offer an alternative service, allowing them to hook up folks who they can only guarantee a speed of at least 5Mbps to.

5Mbps is hardly “super-fast” broadband – FTTC runs at theoretical speeds of up to 40Mbps – but as BT points out, that steady 5Mbps will likely be a much better service than said premises can get with traditional ADSL in their area.

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2 Comments »
  1. To clarify, there are now two variants of the FTTC service. One with a minimum assured speed of 5Mbit/s and one with a minimum assured speed of 15Mbit/s.

    We are simply adding the 5Mbit/s option to meet the demands of our communications provider customers and their end customers.

    Communications providers will decide which option to offer their end customers, depending on the capabilities of the end customer’s line.

    Here is BT’s statement:

    “In response to customer demand, BT has decided to add a variant to its Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) service which has a minimum assured downstream speed of 5Mb/s. This is in addition to the mainstream version of the service which has a minimum assured downstream speed of 15Mb/s. This means that consumers and businesses that have previously been unable to order fibre broadband over BT’s network because their line was unable to support the minimum speed of 15Mb/s will now able to do so via their ISP. While these customer’s lines will be unable to support the super-fast speeds of up to 40Mb/s offered by BT’s FTTC service, the option of a lower minimum assured speed for FTTC means that some customers may see an improvement in their broadband speeds compared with the current speed they receive over the copper network.”

    In terms of the last sentence in your article, BT has never made this statement. I believe this specific comment was made by another media outlet commenting on the news and not by BT.

    Comment by Gemma Thomas — November 26, 2010 @ 2:43 pm

  2. Thanks for the clarification Gemma… have edited the article.

    Comment by Darren Allan — November 26, 2010 @ 5:19 pm

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