BT Openreach have today announced that their 110Mbps fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) service is going into "early market deployment launch" on the 31st of October. This sees the product come out of trial and it will be available for purchase through all service providers, assuming they have a suitable GEA backhaul link. Whilst 110Mbps is the headline speed, there are several speed options that services providers may offer, including 40Mbps, 100Mbps and 110Mbps downstream. with options of 2Mbps, 10Mbps, 15Mbps and 30Mbps upstream. Only 6 areas are planned to be live on this date, and these include:
The completion of the trial is good news as it means that we will finally see some progress in getting fibre broadband out to users in the UK, following limited deployments to date. The product is going live without a voice component- Fibre Voice Access is expected to early launch next year - but in the mean time, there is a discounted wholesale line rental (WLR) option for those taking the fibre product.
Openreach are taking tentative steps with this launch, and with it being an 'early deployment', they are not offering guaranteed service levels until there has been analysis of the service.