British Telecom Conducting 330 Mbps FTTN Trials
'Fiber to the Press Release' or the Real Deal?
Many communities are waiting for British Telecom to upgrade their simple DSL networks so they actually work, and British Telecom themselves have a reputation for "fiber to the press release" -- or broadband expansion projects that sound ambitious but are less so under close scrutiny. The UK incumbent telco's latest adventure in that arena appears to be new fiber on demand
trials the company says should deliver 330 Mbps downstream via fiber to the node. From the company's press release:
Phase one, which will run from 26 July 2012 to early 2013, will allow participating CPs to place orders for a 330Mbit/s downstream, and either 20 or 30Mbit/s upstream service in parts of High Wycombe, and Bristol South exchange areas, as well as in St Agnes, Cornwall where the service was first trialled. Edinburgh’s Waverley exchange will be added to the pilot in September 2012. Phase two, which we anticipate will run from March to May 2013, will test new automated order processes for FTTP on Demand. In addition to the first four exchange areas, we intend to extend the pilot to the Watford, Cardiff Stadium, Basingstoke, and Manchester Central exchange areas.
Granted this is just exploratory and the scale may be nothing to write home about, but it is interesting in the context of trying to get more speed out of existing copper. Again however, British Telecom has a reputation for announcing a lot of these kinds of programs so they sound cutting edge, while in reality struggling to offer most of their households last-generation speed DSL.