BT Wholesale has announced that it plans to give up to 20 million homes and businesses access to higher broadband speeds by spring 2011. The scheme, which will see the telecoms giant double the reach of its next generation broadband over copper lines service, will offer speeds of up to 24 Mbit/s, a rapid increase from the current limit of 8Mbit/s.
More than 40% of homes and businesses with internet access in the UK already have access to super fast speeds enabled with next generation broadband, which sees the service delivered over copper lines. By 2010 the broadcaster hopes to expand the reach of this service to 55%, then increase availability further [approx 75%] by 2011.
In a recession-friendly move, BT has also revealed plans to reduce the cost of its Wholesale Broadband Connect for communications providers from January next. Users will also see bandwidth charges dropping to almost half price.
“This announcement is further evidence of BT’s commitment to deliver next-generation broadband services across the UK,” Cameron Rejali, MD of products for BT Wholesale, explained. “By expanding the footprint and reducing wholesale prices, we are helping communications providers deliver faster speeds to more customers, essential benefits in the tough economic and competitive environment we face today.”
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