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BT Failing to Hit Broadband Fibre Target



/ 2 years ago

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During the early days of BT’s fibre broadband rollout, the telecoms provider claimed that up to 25% of its customers would receive fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP). Although BT has succeeded in implementing fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC), the final push to the customer’s home relies on their aging copper network. FTTP can achieve speeds up to 300Mbps, but copper lines from FTTC limit that to 80Mbps.

After a number of BT customers complained about false advertising on behalf of BT – that the use of the copper network means “fibre broadband” is a misnomer – the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) investigated, revealing that only 0.7% of homes on BT’s network (144,000 premises) had access to true fibre. The ASA agreed that BT was being disingenuous with claims of fibre broadband while still using copper cables to the home.

Source: engadget


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  • random1uploada .

    What’s the point of FTTP when most consumers don’t even get anywhere near half of the speeds the copper can provide? Back in my home town, average speeds was 16Mb/s down and 3Mb/s up. I’ve now moved to a built up city, living in student accommodation and the site is limited to 30Mb/s up and down. That’s still not even half of the coppers capabilities. Why don’t they spend money where it’s more beneficial, I’m sure the consumers want more speed than a line that’s capable of more speeds they won’t get. It’s completely pointless really.

    • Alistair Hardy

      Thats because you’re not on FTTP, you’re likely on FTTC for the student accomodation (limited as the exchange likely needs upgrading) and ADSL2+ for you home town.
      People who are on Virgin Media have FTTC with a thicker, higher quality copper cable going into their house that allows for higher data throughput, my colleague at work is on 152Mb/s while I get 6Mb/s on my ADSL line…. Much to his ammusement…

      There are some people in my home town who I know are on FTTP and are on about 250Mb/s

      • random1uploada .

        I’m just saying I don’t see the point in them upgrading to FTTP when we’re not getting half of FTTCs capabilities. We only get 30Mb/s when the lines are capable of 80Mb/s.

        I guess along with time speeds will get better so there is need for FTTP, just not yet.

  • Nathan Lloyd

    lol and thats why i am a virgin media customer i get 10-15% above the stated speed continuously they dont throttle any more and it works unless you got a superhub 1 then your screwed

    • Alistair Hardy

      If i could have Virgin Media, I would in a heartbeat. 152Mb/s??? Yes Please!

  • Alistair Hardy

    They should make it so that every new estate has proper FTTP as standard, or FTTC if FTTP isn’t economically viable

  • Johnathon Buchannan

    Uh oh seems like BT is gonna get a kick up the ass by ASA lol.