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BT increases the speed of its basic fibre broadband service

Friday, April 15th 2016 by Ellen Branagh

BT has announced an increase in the speed of its ‘entry level’ fibre broadband service.

The company’s new BT Infinity 1 service will offer speeds up to 52Mbps rather than the previous 38Mbps in a move that the telecoms giant claims makes it faster than the standard fibre services offered by rivals Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.

BT claims the faster connection will allow consumers to do more things at once on the internet, including downloading an HD film up to 32% faster than with 38Mbps.

David McDonald, director of broadband, TV and sport bundles at BT Consumer, said: “Our research has shown that it’s what you can actually do with your broadband that matters most to consumers.

“We want to give them a faster speed as standard so that everyone in a household can be online at the same time and still enjoy watching their favourite YouTube or HD content without buffering or bickering over whose turn it is.

“The new, faster BT Infinity 1 service is about giving consumers a premium broadband experience as standard, allowing them to enjoy all the digital world has to offer.”

The ‘up to’ speed advertised by any broadband provider is the theoretical maximum, and only 10% of a provider’s customers have to receive the advertised speed for them to be able to use it as a ‘headline’ speed.

BT’s fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) technology means fibre runs as far as a street cabinet, then traditional copper wires provide the connection to people’s homes.

This means that the distance of a home or business from the cabinet can affect the final speed the customer will receive.

'Great progress with fibre broadband'

Earlier this week, BT announced that Openreach’s fibre-based broadband network had passed 25m premises.

Around 21m premises have been passed as part of BT’s commercial rollout plans, the company said, with the remaining 4m properties reached as a result of the government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme.

Announcing the milestone, Openreach chief executive Clive Selley, said: “The UK is making great progress with fibre broadband.

“The job isn’t finished however and we are working hard to get coverage to 95% and above. We are also exploring how we can improve speeds for the million or so premises in the final few per cent of the country.

“Our approach has delivered affordable superfast services to the vast majority of the country in the fastest possible time. We want to build upon that by making ultrafast broadband available to most of the UK.”

In order to roll out ultrafast broadband to most of the UK, the company plans to use a combination of G.fast – a mix of fibre cables and copper wires – and fibre to the premises (FTTP) technology.

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