BT is planning to launch a full FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) product providing download speeds of 300Mbps and upload speeds of 20Mbps.
This premium service will cost £50/month plus BT line rental and will come with unlimited downloads and no traffic shaping as standard.
With the regular rate of line rental (£15.45/month) this will cost you £65.45/month in total. With BT Line Rental Saver, which currently costs £141 up front, the equivalent cost per month falls to £61.75/month.
Read Recombu Digital’s guide to Fibre Broadband and BDUKThe new BT Infinity 300 service will only be available in a handful of areas where Openreach, the infrastructure part of BT, has set up FTTP equipment. At the time of writing, BT has installed FTTP equipment in 159 exchanges.
David McDonald, general manager for consumer broadband for BT told Recombu Digital:
“Right now if you called BT’s sale team or looked online the fastest speeds available will be 160Mbps. We’re upgrading this service to give customers 300Mbps down and 20Mbps up and we’ll be launching this later in the year.”
McDonald added that FTTP is a limited product. Only 100,000 UK premises can currently get it. When we asked about the wider availability of the FTTP On Demand programme, where customers can pay to upgrade the copper last mile of an FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) line, McDonald said:
“That’s only a business product right now. Right now we’re considering whether we’ll allow the upgrade [FTTP On Demand] programme to launch in the consumer market.”
BT will continue to connect new premises to FTTP as its own £2.5 billion commercial investment continues and Broadband Delivery for the UK (BDUK) contracts continue to be signed. The latest BDUK contract to be signed was for the parts of Scotland not already covered by the separate Highlands and Islands project.