BT announce two trial areas for super-fast broadband

BT announce two trial areas for super-fast broadband
Tuesday 14 Oct 2008 [14:55]
It has been announced by British Telecom (BT) the two areas it will begin testing its new super-fast broadband system.
The two areas which have been chosen as pilots for the scheme are Muswell Hill in London and Whitechurch in South Glamorgan. BT plan to get the project up and running by next summer and will involve up to 15,000 people.

The installing and testing will be done by BT's Openreach division on a fibre-based broadband system. It is beloved the new broadband will be capable to reach speeds of up to 40 Mb/s.

According to the European Union's latest Broadband Ranking Index, the current average download speed in Britain is currently 3.6 Mb/s.

At the present time, it is not clear which net providers will deliver the service to the customers taking part in the trial.

Those involved will be asked to put the new broadband system through its paces by downloading films and playing games online.

The areas that have been selected for this test were chosen specifically by BT because of the mix of service providers, range of customers and a good balance between rural and urban locations.

It is expected that further trials will take place towards the end of 2009, with the service becoming commercially available later on in 2010.

It was earlier this year when BT announced a £1.5billion investment in fibre-based services, with the aim of having the service in place for at least 10 million homes by 2012.

Two more trials will be carried out by BT. The first is a planned technical trial in early 2009 in the Foxhall exchange area of Kesgrave, Suffolk. The Second trail will be a trial to new homes in Ebbsfleet, Kent, were BT are aiming for speeds of around 100 Mb/s.

BT announce two trial areas for super-fast broadband
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