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[FT] BT sets sights on 80 Mbps FTTC service in 2012

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BT (NYSE: BT) plans to increase the speed of its Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) service from 40 Mbps to 80 Mbps and upload speeds up to 20 Mbps in 2012.

Given the distance limitations to copper-based technologies like VDSL2 and ADSL2+ that will carry the service over a copper pair from the cabinet to the customer, a BT spokesman said the upgrade will be available to a portion of its existing FTTC customers.

"Most customers within the existing footprint will get a higher speed," said the spokesman. "There will be a very small number of customers who have very long lines who won't benefit as the additional speed is generated by using higher frequencies and those frequencies do not work on long lines."
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It looks like it could be using some sort of VDSL2+ish tech

Damn i can't wait for this to drop
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I hope, by that time, they'll roll out the FTTP in my area.
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This is in the UK right? Can't be America because here in America we get speed decreases with cost increases. How are these UK companies increasing their speeds? Doesn't bandwidth supposedly cost more than gold coated titanium? WHAT IT DOESN'T??!!
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So you guys heard about Sweden?
    
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Well I would nice If they fix 80% of the uk lines so there not total crap, I get 1.8 peeking to 2 on a very good day and I live near a major town.
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Yeah, I'm not really interested until BT actually install FTTC/P in my area.

The fastest connection in my area gives me 4Mb - the joys.
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Stuff like this always reminds me how far behind the USA is in terms of speed.
1.4 Mbps is the most I can get in my area and typically its actually running at 25-50% of that.
(Comcast cable BTW)

I bet these companies are making a killing.
They charge just as much and probably spend so much less on lines, hardware etc because they provide so little bandwidth.
Edited by deanlewandowski - 5/19/11 at 9:15am
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Originally Posted by deanlewandowski View Post
1.4 Mbps is the most I can get in my area and typically its actually running at 25-50% of that.
Dude OUCH.
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I sync at around 5.7Mbps and can download at a max of about 550Kbps.

I want to live in Lithuania.
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Good news. I know the UK is great compared to some other countries, but I still compare it to other European countries and those in the Far East, and we suck.

Personally though I don't mind my current speed (~20Mbit) as long as it stays with unlimited download (no data caps).

In most urban areas I think broadband is okay (relatively), it's just that as soon as you get 2 miles from an exchange the speeds are crap, bringing the national average down.
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