BT to offer free fibre business broadband in parts of Milton Keynes
The Milton Keynes Citizen features a promotion by BT to offer businesses connected to the Bradwell Abbey exchange area the opportunity to take a Fibre to the Premises (FTTH) service for free for up to six months. This means firms within Broughton (west of Broughton Brook), Kents Hill, Loughton, Middelton, Monkston, Monkston Park, Shenley Lodge, Walnut Tree, Walton Park, Willen, Woolstones and Woughton on the Green.
The service currently offers a service with download speeds up to 100 Mbps and uploads of up to 15 Mbps. Registration for the trial is open until 5th March 2012, and the service will revert to the usual business pricing in June 2012.
To register for the trial visit the BT Business website. In terms of what the price will be for the 100 Mbps service once properly launched to businesses it is unclear, as the Infinity for Business pages only refer to the up to 40 Mbps (FTTC) products.
The consumer roll-outs of FTTC to date have shown slightly underwhelming uptake, but this may simply be that many consumers are stuck in long contracts, or reticent to believe the much higher speeds mentioned in the advertising, after years of experience where actual speeds generally got no where near the advertised speed. The big advantage that the full fibre (FTTH) products will have is that they are fixed speed services, and the amount of fibre connecting a property will make no difference, of course the issue of how much contention is applied on the product will still apply.