Openreach is to introduce faster fibre-broadband based services in the near future with an 80meg downstream and 20meg upstream product. The announcement comes in a briefing to Openreach customers notifying of the withdrawal of one of the variants of its fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) products which offers a 15Mbps upload speed. The 40meg downstream and 15meg upstream option will no longer be available for new provision from the 31st of July, but the existing options of 10meg and 2meg upstream will remain. Instead, the company will in the near future be introducing the 80meg downstream and 20meg upstream version of their FTTC products, although no launch date for this has been set. Existing customers on the 40/15meg product will be transitioned to other products in the future once the faster option is available.
No change has yet been decided upon the 40/15meg product which runs over Openreach's full fibre solutions that use fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP), although they are suggesting that service providers should opt for a different speed variant to avoid the potential need for changes in the future.
Openreach are also consulting on some fibre-only areas which they are looking to deploy. There will be five new fibre-to-the-premises sites deployed along with a fibre-only exchange which serves all customers via fibre-optic cable. The plan is that these areas would make sole use of fibre only products. They will be run as a trial phase and Openreach are inviting feedback from service providers about this. There is likely to be some concerns as many companies still rely on copper cables to provide services such as E1 circuits which are used for providing voice circuits, but they will have to evaluate using fibre to provide these instead.