Bournemouth has trumped both BT and Virgin Media with the roll-out of full fibre to the home services by the i3 Group. ISPreview spotted the news that the group has now connected its first 50 homes to its fibre network, further detail is available via a press release on the Fibrecity website.
While BT at Ebbsfleet is talking of 100Mbps speeds and Virgin Media is suggested that 100 to 150Mbps is possible via its DOCSIS 3.0 network, i3 are already providing 140Mbps of connectivity. Two fibres are installed to each home, one dedicated to community TV, health and other council services running at 40Mbps. The second fibre is for use by paid for services such as IPTV, telephony and broadband access at 100Mbps (this is a symmetric speed, i.e. both downstream and upstream are 100Mbps). The release does not give any detail on the actual broadband service that is available, which hopefully the firm will add to its website soon, as for many homeowners this information will be very important.
One of the potential reasons for the lack of information is that these initial homes are being seen as a showcase and are given free access. Their aim is to ramp roll-out up to be doing 2000 homes per week and even more as they add additional cities.