BT to Trial FTTP
Two locations - Bradwell Abbey in Milton Keynes and Highams Park, London - have been selected for the trial, which will see speeds of up to 100Mb/s delivered to up to 20,000 homes and businesses in each area by March 2010. The trial products will be available to all UK communications providers on an open, wholesale basis.
The trial forms part of BT’s plans to deliver super-fast broadband speeds to 10 million premises by 2012, using a combination of FTTP and fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) technology. The company has already pledged to make such services available to 1.5m homes by next summer.
Openreach is already delivering the highest residential broadband speeds in the UK at a “greenfield” housing development in Ebbsfleet Valley, Kent. Customers in this area are currently experiencing downstream speeds of up to 100Mb/s using FTTP technology.