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Barnet and Braintree set for vectoring trial

For all those people with FTTC who have been having dreams of even faster speed tests, we are sorry but the forthcoming Vectoring trial by Openreach is not going to be the answer, that is unless you live in Barnet or Braintree according to ISPreview.

When the summer arrives we should have more detail on the trial and which providers are taking place, and all the other questions such as will new Openreach modems be needed.

If Openreach can deliver speeds of 40 to 50 Mbps to lines that are 1km long between the property and the fibre cabinet then that is potentially 90% of all lines in the UK running at speeds 20-25 times faster than the Governments planned Universal Service Commitment (with current VDSL2 a 1km long line should run at around 24 Mbps).

The big unknown is the cost of implementing vectoring, and while it is another patch of the copper network technically it is impressive and if the cost and speed of deployment means that more people get decent speeds maybe it is a compromise that is acceptable in comparison to a full fibre (FTTP) deployment.


are they testing on both vendors or just one? is ECI used by BT the M41 or V41?

  • chrysalis
  • over 7 years ago

Awaiting details on the trial being announced to the industry, and then more information should be available.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 7 years ago

barnet uses the larger (original huawei 288 cabinets)

  • ggremlin
  • over 7 years ago

Probably 90% of 90% - so 81%.

We've still got 10% without any cabinet at all!

  • WWWombat
  • over 7 years ago

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