BT has announced 47 Scottish communities that are to receive an upgrade to their broadband which will see faster broadband for over 180,000 homes and businesses.
BT are to upgrade the 47 communities with next generation copper broadband which will see broadband speed up to 20Mb being made available to those whose exchange is upgraded. This upgrade is not a fibre broadband upgrade that is being done across other parts of the country but it will still see the broadband speeds of over 180,000 homes and businesses increase hopefully by over double!
Earlier this month the plans for 695,500 homes and businesses in Scotland to receive super fast fibre broadband were announced and should see this rolled out by the end of 2012.
The areas to receive the upgraded copper network are:
- Angus – Kirriemuird, Monifieth.
- Ayrshire – Girvan, Maybole, Stewarton, Alloway.
- Borders – Hawick and Selkirk.
- Clackmannanshire – Alva.
- Dumfries & Galloway – Stranraer.
- East Lothian – Haddington.
- East Renfrewshire – Eaglesham.
- Fife – Anstruther, Ladybank, Burntisland, Kennoway, Ballingry, Cowdenbeath, Newport/Wormit, Kelty.
- Grampian – Huntly, Kintore/TRS, Lossiemouth, Bucksburn, Banchory, Culter, Peterhead, Portlethen.
- Highland – Alness, Dingwall, Grantown-on-Spey, Invergordon, Fort William, Oban.
- Orkney Islands – Kirkwall.
- Perthshire – Stanley, Bridge of Earn.
- Shetland Isles – Lerwick.
- Stirlingshire – Bridge of Allan.
- Strathclyde – Maryhill, Springburn, Bishopbriggs, Busby and Stepps.
- West Lothian – Armadale, West Calder, Fauldhouse.
BT are going to extend the availability of it’s “up to” 20Mb broadband service to 80% of UK homes by the end of 2011.
The next generation copper network is better known as ADSL2+ or Wholesale Broadband Connect (WBC) which can offer broadband speed of up to 20Mb which is theoretically over twice as fast as the standard “up to” broadband speed of 8mb.
Currently BT have enabled 1017 exchanges to this technology which makes it available to 15.5 million premises. There are currently 2.25 million customers who are using the service with BT upgrading around 30,000 lines per week to it.
Although the broadband speed from ADSL2+ is advertised at up to 20-24Mb, Ofcom found the average broadband download speed was 6.2Mb.
BT’s standard broadband offer “up to” 8Mb broadband speeds and is available to 99% of UK homes but the average speed delivered according to Ofcom was 3.4Mb.
Cameron Rejali form BT Wholesale said:
“Running over BT’s 21st Century Network, WBC offers communications providers the ability to provide their broadband customers with greater control, choice and flexibility as well as higher speeds. It supports the growing demand for high-speed broadband access to a range of online services – including TV, gaming online and multiple voice over internet protocol (VoIP) services.
BT’s Ethernet deployment has advanced from an early adopter to a mainstream purchase for businesses looking for a cheaper, faster and more versatile single platform solution for their wide area networking or local area networking needs.”
BT are also investing heavily in their fibre broadband network “BT Infinity” and are aiming to offer FTTC (Fibre To The Cabinet) broadband with speeds up to 40Mb to around 66% of the UK by 2015 with an investment of £2.5bn.
Places in the South West and Wales are set to get connected up to BT’s 21CN (21st Centrury Network) which will offer broadband speeds up to 20Mb.
The 21CN uses ADSL2+ technology and by spring next year a further 200 cabinets are due to be upgraded to this technology. This will mean that a further 90,000 homes and businesses in the South West of England plus around 70,000 in Wales will have access to these faster broadband speeds.
Altogether, by next year BT will have covered 56% of South West properties which will be more than 1.2 million premises.
These upgrades to BT’s network are in addition to the work they are doing in rolling our their Next Generation Fibre broadband network (BT Infinity) which will offer broadband users speeds up to 40Mb for those connected to FTTC (Fibre To The Cabinet) or up to 100Mb for the lucky ones connected to FTTH (Fibre To The Home).
BE Broadband are bringing in the New Year by dropping the price of their BE Value package by £5.
As of now BE Broadband Value costs just £7.50 per month, down from £13.50, for an 8Mb broadband service on their ADSL2+ network that also offers 1.3Mb upload speeds.
The usage allowance has been changed from Unlimited to 40Gb, but for most 40Gb should be more than enough per month for most. This is the reason for the drop in price, customers had told BE Broadband that they would prefer a capped service for lower prices than paying more for an Unlimited service. It also means that customers won’t be affected by traffic shaping based on what it is they are downloading and will be able to use their usage allowance as they wish.
The deal is available on a 12 month contract and means that a years supply of broadband costs just £90 which is the cheapest ADSL2+ service in the UK.
Those customers who may be affected by the capped usage will be contacted by BE to discuss their usage and a possible upgrade to an Unlimited service.
BT is to nearly double the number of people who are able to access it’s fast ADSL2+ copper network by spring 2011.
Currently the ADSL2+ technology which can deliver broadband speeds up to 24Mb is available to around 40% of homes and businesses and BT plan make it available to three quarters of the country.
Although many who’s broadband connection is slow currently won’t see their broadband speeds jump up to 24Mb (unlikely anyone will actually get this headline speed) they will however likely see a speed increase over what they are currently getting.
BT are also rolling out fibre broadband across the UK, and hope to have this available to 40% of the country by 2012 and will be able to offer broadband speeds of 40Mb with the FTTC technology. The fibre roll out is being done separately from the ADSL2+ installations.
The Digital Britain report released earlier this year said that everyone in the country should be within reach of 2Mb broadband and as it is not feasible for BT to fund the roll out of fibre broadband across the whole of the country the installation of ADSL2+ technology will mean that those who are currently receiving broadband but not at the 2Mb minimum target could well have this rectified with the installation of ADSL2+.
BT have also started trialling Broadband Enabling Technology (BET) that is designed to deliver broadband to broadband “not spot” areas (Read: BT to pilot technology that will deliver broadband to “not spot” areas) which again is likely to help in the aim of the governments Digital Britain report.
Be Broadband (View Offer) are offering students who sign up to one of their broadband deals by 30th June 2009 3 months free.
All the students need to do is when signing up they need to quote the promotion code “StudentOffer” during the sign up.
Basically Be Broadband is targeting those students who are staying at their University digs during the summer break and not heading home by offering broadband for free when University is shut.
They then only need to pay when University re-opens again, meaning only having to pay for 9 months out of the 12 they will have the broadband for, a saving of up to £64.50 depending on which broadband package they choose.
There are 3 different packages, Be Value at £13.50 per month, Be Unlimited at £17.50 per month or Be Pro at £21.50 per month. They are an ADSL2+ provider and can offer speeds of up to 24Mb.
BT broadband customers are to have their broadband speeds boosted from 8Mb up to 20Mb as BT upgrades to ADSL2+ technology to their broadband customers.
BT has been running a trial with 60,000 customers who have been able to enjoy the free broadband speed increase and now they are going to roll this out to more of their network.
To begin with 549 of the telephone exchanges on BT’s 21 CN platform will have the service extended to them, this is around 40% of BT’s network. By March 2010 BT plans to have this extended to cover 55% of their network although this depends up on customer demand for it. We can’t see why any of BT’s 4.8 million broadband customers wouldn’t be wanting to have a large speed increase in their area for free though.
On top of this, BT are also going to offer some of their home and business customers a Broadband Accelerator (I-Plate) for free, that is designed to cut out electrical interference in a line which will increase broadband speeds and reliability.
It is a good move by BT who have in recent months been left behind a bit in the broadband speed front, especially by the likes of Virgin Media who are plugging how fast they can offer broadband on their fibre broadband network and how fast they will be able to offer in future stating headline speeds faster than BT have said there own fibre network will offer.