BT fibre based broadband launches as 'Infinity'
BT Retail have announced pricing for the fibre to the cabinet / fibre to the home (FTTC/FTTH) based broadband services which are being marketed as 'BT Infinity'. The new products bringing faster download and upload speeds to users will be available to order from January 25th if your area has been upgraded for it (users can check availability on the BT website). Download speeds will clock in at 'up to 40Mbps' and this will be available at £19.99 a month with a 20GB usage limit (£50 connection fee applies). The unlimited usage variant will cost £24.99 a month, but does save you the £50 connection fee. It also increases the upload speed from 2Mbps to 10Mbps.
One point to note is that both products come with a fair usage policy. Details of this will be released on the 25th of January, but one hopes that as the products are marketed with usages such as "simultaneous use of services such as HD catch-up TV" this does reflect the higher usage that may occur.
"The internet is essential to our customers' lives and they are demanding more and more as richer and even more compelling services become available. BT Infinity gives customers the capacity and reliability they need in an instant and at a great value price they can afford. We want to give our customers the best possible online experience and are committed to rolling out super-fast speeds across the UK."Gavin Patterson, (CEO) BT Retail
As a comparison to Virgin who offer 50meg broadband over their cable network for £38 (or £28 if you also take a phone line with them), the product is competitively priced. It is worth noting that with Virgin, your line will always connect at 50meg but you may not get this speed due to congestion in the Virgin network. With BT's 40meg Infinity service, your line may not connect at this 40meg speed due to distance from the road side cabinet, and you may also suffer congestion within BT's network.