Openreach, the infrastructure arm of British fixed line incumbent BT, has announced that it expects to double the downlink speeds offered via its fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) infrastructure from next month. The operator has confirmed that headline download speeds will be boosted to 80Mbps, double the current 40Mbps top rate, from early April 2012, while maximum upload speeds will be increased to 20Mbps. Commenting on the development, Mike Galvin, Openreach’s managing director of Network Investment, noted: ‘We said we would double fibre speeds by this spring and this is exactly what we have done. This is a significant milestone both for Openreach’s fibre network and for broadband speeds in the UK. The faster speeds will be available in a month’s time and so it is now up to broadband providers to decide how and when they offer these faster speeds to their customers. The platform is there and we are confident there will be demand for these enhanced services.’
Indeed, with those communications providers that have signed up to offer FTTC services via a wholesale agreement given the option to sell the higher-speed connections, TalkTalk is one of the first to confirm that it will do just that. As reported by ZDNet UK, the alternative operator has confirmed that it is now accepting pre-registrations from customers interested in the higher speed product, with a view to making 80Mbps-capable connections available commercially from April; the extra speed will cost TalkTalk customers a further GBP5 (USD7.84) per month, on top of the GBP10 monthly fee they are currently charged for boosting their broadband package with fibre-based technology.