development will allow people to obtain line rates of up to 8Mbit/s, enabling
them to get more out of their broadband connection. The ADSL broadband speed that
can be supported on an individual line is governed by a wide range of physical
estimates that 78 per cent of BT phone lines should support broadband at line
rates of 4Mbit/s and above, with 6Mbit/s and above available to more than 42 per
cent. For those living or working close to their local telephone exchange, line
rates of up to the maximum 8Mbit/s should be achievable.
upgrading more than 5300 exchanges across the UK to support higher speed broadband
services, BT is creating the largest geographic footprint possible for higher
furthers BTs commitment to making broadband available to everybody, in towns,
cities and rural areas. UK service providers will have the option to provide higher
speed broadband services to their customers almost wherever they happen to live
Wholesale chief executive Paul Reynolds said, Thanks to BTs continued
investment in the broadband network, the UK now boasts the highest level of broadband
availability in the G8. Were now building on those efforts in becoming the
first operator in the UK to commit to a national service which is capable of broadband
speeds of up to 8Mbit/s.
approach in getting the most out of ADSL technology means we get higher speeds
to a national footprint as quickly as possible making sure the opportunities
are not just restricted to the urban centres, nor those service providers who
operate their own networks. It also provides service providers with the biggest
potential market for applications and services demanding higher speeds,
addition to faster speeds, BT has deployed new technology to better manage the
line stability and customer experience. Higher speed and more reliable broadband
services will help ensure that people can run more bandwidth hungry applications,
including video, gaming and music downloads at the same time, as well as email
and surfing the web. By enhancing broadband throughput, BT ADSL Max will also
provide users with greater quality of service for streamed content delivered over
broadband, such as video downloads.
ADSL broadband speed that can be supported on an individual line is dependent
on a range of factors, including the length and gauge of the line from the exchange,
the number and quality of joints, electromagnetic noise from other lines in a
cable or wiring within a customers premises, and the modems used.
the faster broadband speeds will be available to service providers for new orders
from 31 March, it will take several months to regrade the total existing end user
customer base that service providers wish to be regraded to ADSL Max services.
Plans relating to bulk regrades to Max services are being discussed with service
providers on an ongoing basis.
line checker at www.bt.com/broadband is being updated to show the expected speeds
available for individual lines. This will be available for all exchanges upgraded
for the ADSL Max products from 31 March, with those exchanges involved in the
trials already showing the expected speeds possible.