BT has become the first to trial a 10Gb “hyper-fast” fibre optic broadband network connection in a real live working environment.
The trial which is running for the Cornwall based engineering firm Arcol UK Ltd is the first place that a 10GB broadband trial has been set live. The trial is to show how much greater fibre broadband speeds are achievable as and when they are needed by upgrades to electronics in the network.
Arcol already has a 330Mb fibre broadband service to connect to the internet with due to “The Superfast Cornwall Programme” which delivered the super fast fibre broadband to the business park they are on which is massively increased from their previous broadband speeds of just 1.5Mb that they were previously receiving. In total the Superfast Cornwall Programme has made fibre optic broadband available to over 100,000 homes and businesses in Cornwall.
A direct link between Arcol and the exchange at Truro was established to allow these amazing speeds, however as there is nothing currently on the internet where 10Gb broadband speeds are needed so this hyper speed connection is not connected to the wider internet.
For BT it is further information for them for the future as to how they can offer even greater and afster broadband speeds as and when they become required. Electronics at both the exchange and the users premises needed to be upgraded with new fibre technology called XGPON (Tens of Gigabits on a Passive Optical Network) and was developed by the electronics company ZTE.
The Programme Durector for the Cornwall Superfast Broadband Programme, said:
“What is exciting about this trial is that these hyper-fast speeds have been obtained over the exactly the same fibre that carries BT’s fibre broadband services today. All we are doing is changing the electronics at either end.
This trial shows we are thinking and ready for the future even though there are no current plans to deploy this technology. A lot of this project is about future proofing – making sure that it’s not just the fastest speeds today but that we can continue to be at the cutting edge for five, ten, twenty years.”
For BT it is a feather in their cap to have run this trial as they show that their fibre network they are rolling out has the potential for much greater speeds as and when they are needed. For a residential broadband perspective it is very unlikely any home users would be seeing those kind of broadband speeds in any near future. To test your own speed of your internet then you can run our broadband speed test or the one at BroadbandSpeedTest.co.uk.
The difference in broadband speeds between the slowest street in Britain and the fastest street is over 500 times.
Cromarty Road in Stamford, Lincolnshire, has an average broadband speed of just 0.132Mb which is a whopping 537 times slower than the residents of Willowfield in Telford who have an average of 70.9Mb and making it the fastest street in the UK.
The broadband speed test study which has been done by uSwitch over the past 6 months has measured and recorded the broadband speeds from all those who take the speed test and has enough data to work out the average for each street. The staggering difference in speed can be seen with what a resident in each of the 2 streets are able to achieve. In the slowest street of Cromart Road it would take 25 hours and 15 minutes to download a 2 hour film and 1 hour 41 minutes to download an album. However in Willowfield who are in the fast lane it would take just 2 minutes 49 seconds for them to download the same film and just 11 seconds for them to get the same album.
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Julia Stent from, uSwitch, said:
“The massive discrepancy between the fastest and slowest streets in Britain shows what the Government is up against in its fight to drag Britain into the broadband fast-lane. These results show just how ambitious it is being in its bid to overtake the rest of Europe and haul Britain in line with the likes of South Korea and Singapore by bringing super-fast broadband to 90% of the UK. Rural parts of Britain in-particular are still experiencing broadband speeds so slow that they might as well have no broadband at all.”
The slowest speeds have a huge increase to make to reach the minimum 2Mb broadband speeds that the government want for everyone to achieve as a basic slowest broadband speed. It is these areas that need to most investment to help bring them further towards the average broadband speed of 9Mb (according to Ofcom) that the UK currently has.
Anyone wanting to test the speed of the internet connection can do so by using a broadband speed test.
BSkyB has become the third largest broadband provider in the UK in the last quarter and passing TalkTalk.
During the last quarter BSkyB added 102,000 new broadband customers for the 3 months ending September 2012 which is a rise of 618,000 over the past 12 months. BSkyB total broadband customers base now stands at 4.1 million which is still a bit behind BT Retail who have 6.44 million broadband customers.
Although TalkTalk have yet to post their most recent quarter results it is unlikely that they will retake BSkyB because at the TalkTalk half yearly results they stood at 4.047 million broadband customers but for the previous 7 quarters they have reported broadband customer losses and we are unconvinced that this is likely to have changed for this latest quarter.
Another positive for BSkyB is that although they are still a good way behind BT retail for broadband subscribers they did actually add 21,000 more broadband customers this last quarter than BT managed.
Although BSkyB to most will be most known for their Sky TV services this part of their business is a much slower growing part of their business, with them only adding 20,000 new customers in the last quarter and just 95,000 over the past year. What BSkyB are focusing on now that they have over 10 million TV customers is to cross sell product to them which is proving successful with one third of their customer base having “triple play” services.
Jeremy Darroch, Chief Exec for BSkyB, said:
“We have made a strong start to the year, delivering another good quarterly performance and continuing to position the business for the long term. Our investment in high quality content and innovative services has delivered excellent levels of loyalty and generated good growth in customers and products. At the same time, we continue to drive improvements in efficiency, reliability and customer service throughout our operations. This approach continues to generate strong financial results with good growth in revenues and earnings. Looking forward, whilst we continue to see a challenging consumer environment in the UK and Ireland, we are well positioned to execute our plans for the year.“