In addition to announcements of increasing Fibre to the Home coverage, Openreach may have heard some of the moans about the upstream speeds from its Fibre To The Cabinet roll-out. The up to 40Mbps downstream, 5Mbps upstream product is to be replaced by a 40Mbps down, 10Mbps up product while retaining the same annual rental of £88.08.
A special offer will also apply to the 40Mbps/2Mbps product, whereby the £10 regrade fee will be waived on all upgrades to the 10Mbps upstream product by 31st January 2010. This offer comes into effect from 23rd November 2009.
It is interesting to see the pace of fibre roll-outs changing in the UK. All that needs to happen now is to make the products compelling to the general public at the retail level. The higher the demand is in areas with the fibre products the higher the probability of increased roll-out. If the commercial firms such as BT and Virgin Media see a profit they may very well make the proposed 50p broadband levy irrelevant.