Openreach preparing to launch 220 Mbps FTTP variant in 2013
The communication providers who are the customers of BT Wholesale and Openreach have been briefed to expect a new 220 Mbps download speed FTTP product to launch in the first half of 2013. This looks likely to launch at around the same as the fibre on demand product and will give three main speed tiers 110, 220 and 330 Mbps.
The pace at which FTTC is moving is rapid and we are expecting the existing 40 Mbps download, 2 Mbps upload product to stop being sold. The product is not being withdrawn as yet, but stopping new connections is the first stage of this, reducing the FTTC range to two services the 40/10 and 80/20 products. Assuming that trials all run to plan, those consumers who find getting time off work to be at home for the FTTC install, stand to gain from the launch of a "wires only" which will avoid the need for an engineer visit to the home.
There are many who are concerned that Openreach is neglecting its FTTP promises. The project to deliver superfast broadband in Cornwall is ahead of the curve compared to the rest of the UK and the projection is that they will have either FTTC or P available to 180,000 to 200,000 premises in the County, with around 48,000 of these being a pure FTTP service by April 2013. The aim is to finish the project with around 80% to 90% of the 250,000 premises in Cornwall covered by the fibre services.