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Openreach tout 20meg upstream for 80meg FTTC variant
Thursday 14 July 2011 13:00:56 by John Hunt

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.


Posted by herdwick over 6 years ago
VDSL is quite flexible in what you use the total bandwidth for, good to see faster upload options emerging.
Posted by darkmast2 over 6 years ago
Higher upload speeds are all well and good but we need ISPs to offer higer bandwidth limits to make use of it. There's no point having a high upload if you use it up within a day or two.
Posted by tommy45 over 6 years ago
Pity bt ain't as flexible when it comes to selecting where they are going to even install fiber, for us who don't have it as a choice who gives a stuff what speeds it offers? and as said already there is no point in having a connection that is capable of transferring a lot of data in a very short space of time ,if it subject of a usage cap or other isp's won't provide those speeds
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
ISP's set the usage caps not OR they are just providing the basic service. Yeah... i'd love to see the 40Mbps myself on my road never mind variants!!
Posted by billyliar over 6 years ago
Any mention of how close you need to be to the cabinet?
Posted by tommy45 over 6 years ago
One thing that i do wonder about is increased cross talk on the D side (from cab to EU premises)Due to increased speeds and ADSL signal power, (FTTC only) personally i think bt should of rolled out FTTP instead
Posted by Spacemanc over 6 years ago
Re: tommy45
With unlimited resources Id like to have seen FTTP too, but considering each and every property takes a days work for FTTP (in built up areas and not including the FTTC part) then I'm glad they're doing it in stages.
Theres already enough internet tears about people not having FTTC. If they went straight for FTTP, it would be 100 times worse, and some people would be stuck with "upto 8meg" for another 20+ years!
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
^ exactly this.

I'm sure everyone would prefer FTTP everywhere, a bit unrealistic though only so much money to go around
Posted by themanstan over 6 years ago
And why just BT... VM has 50% market penetration, it is a big player too. By complaining that BT hasn't installed fibre everywhere you perpetuate the monopoly... complain that all ISPs aren't installing fibre with wholesale access... that would give the highest coverage and be truly competetive.
Posted by creakycopperline over 6 years ago
24mbps would do me fine, which is what i should be getting already on adsl.
Posted by themanstan over 6 years ago
Do you live next door to the exchange Creaky?
Posted by adslmax over 6 years ago
Creaky....there is no 24 Meg maximum speed if you live next door to the exchange as BT capped at 21Meg!
Posted by jumpmum over 6 years ago
Spacemanc;- Last para is talking about FTTP, 5 new sites and one complete exchange! All customers on Fibre! I wonder if CD is in with a chance of her version of heaven!
Posted by herdwick over 6 years ago
@darkmast2 just go to IDnet or other ISP with unmetered upload on their FTTC products.
Posted by Spacemanc over 6 years ago
Re: jumpmum

There's over 5500 exchanges in the UK. A long long way to go before we become a nation of universal FTTP. And remember alot of the rural exchanges would be obscenely expensive to make FTTP - I think some kind of Wimax system is more likely in those places.
Posted by otester over 6 years ago

Posted by BIORAPTOR over 6 years ago
I find myself fortunate to be able to use FTTC.
It is good to know others will shortly.
Posted by BTfanboy over 4 years ago
strange, im on the 40 to 15 version and am still getting the same speed.
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