TalkTalk to introduce FTTC-based business broadband service

Service will deliver up to 80/20 Mbps to UK businesses
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TalkTalk Business (LSE: TALK), the UK-based competitive provider's business services unit, on Monday announced it will begin offering its "SuperFast Broadband" service to local business, delivering up 80/20 Mbps of bandwidth to UK businesses.

Leveraging a Fiber to the Cabinet (FTTC)-based network, the new service will be delivered via 30,000 Remote Terminal (RT) cabinets connected to its 2,600 telephone exchanges. To date, the service provider has enabled 1,100 exchanges for the new FTTC service.

In addition to the FTTC-based broadband service, TalkTalk is going to debut a separate Ethernet over SuperFast Broadband option beginning in January 2013 with trials set to begin "shortly." The provider, reports ISPreview, will offer symmetrical speeds at significantly lower price point than traditional Ethernet technologies.

"The launch of SuperFast Broadband is a significant milestone for us in the development of both our Broadband and Ethernet families of Products, said Lance Spencer, TTB's Director of Connectivity. "The addition of a cost effective and high speed fibre-based broadband proposition to the portfolio enables our partners to leverage our competitive advantage--the unrivalled reach of our network."

Currently, TalkTalk offers Ethernet services that scale from as low as 10 Mbps all the way to 1 Gbps with the option to scale in either 10 Mbps increments from 10 Mbps up to 50 Mbps.

Being a competitive provider, TalkTalk's FTTC broadband and Ethernet service is in line with BT Openreach, the UK incumbent provider that provides the underlying FTTC network infrastructure. Available to only 40 percent of UK homes and business today, BT Openreach said that it plans to reach 66 percent of the UK by the end of 2014 with its FTTC-enabled service.

Last month, BT Openreach said it was going to extend its FTTC network reach to 163 new telephone exchanges in 2013 in areas such as Torquay, in Devon, and Kilbirnie in Scotland.

For more:
- ISPreview has this article

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