The former UK telecoms incumbent BT Group Plc has confirmed plans to increase the broadband speeds across most of UK telecoms network starting at the end of March.
BT said most UK customers will be offered broadband speeds of up to 8MBps, four times faster than the 2MBps it currently offers. March 31 is the launch date, and more than 5,300 BT exchanges have been upgraded to support the higher-speed broadband.
However, BT warned that not every consumer will be able to get the maximum speed of 8MBps. Only customers living or working near a BT exchange will be able to receive the full speed. However, it said 78% of lines should support line rates of 4MBps and above, while 42% should support 6MBps and above. Approximately 93% of lines will support 2MBps and above.
The upgrade will take several months, and UK service providers will have the option to provide higher speed broadband services to their customers.
Thanks to BT’s continued investment in the broadband network, the UK now boasts the highest level of broadband availability in the G8, said BT Wholesale chief executive Paul Reynolds. We’re now building on those efforts in becoming the first operator in the UK to commit to a national service which is capable of broadband speeds of up to 8MBps.
In addition to faster speeds, BT has deployed new technology to better manage the line stability.
At the same time, BT is trialing ADSL2+, which promises speeds of up to 24MBps. It also continues its preparations to move its entire customer base on to an IP-based network, a project known as the 21st Century Network, 21CN.