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BT Promises 300Mbps Fiber-Optic Broadband for U.K.

BT logo featuredI’m still rocking a 6Mbps broadband connection in my home town, and while that’s plenty for work, it could be a little better — what with all the online gaming, video streaming and downloading and I do. I’m pleased to hear, then, that BT is promising Brits that it will deliver 300Mbps broadband to parts of the U.K. by next spring.

A number of broadband providers are scrambling to roll out super-fast broadband connection as the race to become the U.K.’s fastest broadband provider heats up. BT’s attempt will be to install fiber-optic cables directly into customers’ homes for ‘fiber-to-the-premises’ (FTTP) broadband — the same technology that the company is using to provide 100Mbps broadband to around six towns in the U.K. early this October.

Ashford, Bradwell Abbey, Highams Park, Chester South, St Austell and York will be the first towns to get the highest speeds, which is a potential base of just 60,000 people initially.

Those 100Mbps speeds will allow BT to compete with Virgin Media, which already provides 100Mbps speeds to parts of the U.K. In the meantime, BT has just doubled its speeds for existing customers from 40Mbps to 80Mbps.

The company currently uses ‘fiber to the cabinet’ technology for its super-fast broadband, which uses fiber-optic cables at street level and then distributes it to homes using copper wires. The new technology, however, which BT says is capable of 1Gbps speeds, will take the connection all the way to your telephone socket.

By 2015, BT expects to have this technology in 18 million homes, meeting targets set by the U.K. government. Ed Vaizey, Communications Minister, said:

“These are significant announcements and good news for the UK.

“High-speed broadband is essential for economic growth, which is why we want the UK to have the best superfast broadband in Europe by 2015.”

These advances in U.K. broadband are incredibly exciting if you’re a Brit, especially if you’re currently stuck with a 6Mbps connection as I am.

Will you be looking forward to FTTP broadband from BT?

[via TechRadar]

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...