Here’s some good news for those of you lucky enough to be hooked up to fibre of the BT variety.
The company has announced that as of tomorrow, both BT Infinity 1 and 2 customers will benefit from increased speeds, and a doubling of speeds (as was previously promised) in the latter case.
BT Infinity 2 customers will enjoy download speeds of up to 76Mbps rather than up to 38Mbps, and upload speeds of up to 19Mbps.
BT Infinity 1 users are also getting a boost, with their upstream speeds increased by a factor of five, from 1.9Mbps to up to 9.5Mbps.
The upgrades are coming at no extra cost for new customers, or existing customers. However, the latter must start a new contract with BT, even if they don’t have to outlay any cash.
BT said in a statement: “The speed increases mean we’re helping to achieve the government’s ambition for the UK to have the best super-fast broadband network in Europe by 2015. The high upstream speeds will also be great news to anyone who wants to upload photos, video, graphics or other rich content.”
BT Infinity is now available to 7 million premises across the UK, rising to 10 million by the end of the year. The company plans to have two-thirds of the UK hooked up to fibre by the close of 2014.
Virgin Media is also doubling up the speed of its fibre packages at no extra cost to the customer, although it is also introducing new traffic-shaping measures, which will see heavier users throttled back if they exceed fair use limits.