BT Failing to Hit Broadband Fibre Target
Ashley Allen / 3 years ago
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.