BT to deliver 300 Mbps FTTP service

BT (NYSE: BT) will begin offering consumers a 300/20 Mbps Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) speed option in 50 markets where it has already deployed fiber-based network infrastructure by the end of this year.

Current FTTP customers will have the option of upgrading to BT's £50 ($76) per month Unlimited package, which does not place any limit on how much bandwidth a user can consume each month.

David McDonald, GM of consumer broadband for BT, said in a release that its "unlimited products really are 'Totally Unlimited', and BT will never do anything to slow these customers down."

The introduction of the 300 Mbps product follows an announcement in January that BT Openreach began a technical trial of its 220/20 Mbps Generic Ethernet Access (GEA) FTTP service in four of its telephone exchange areas.

In tandem with the new 300 Mbps option, the service provider is introducing the Home Hub 5 enhanced home network router, which incorporates dual-band WiFi, four Gigabit Ethernet ports and an integrated VDSL modem.

Although the new router includes the majority of the same features of the Hub 4 device BT launched in May, one of the key advantages of the Hub 5 product is that BT Infinity customers won't need to use a separate Openreach modem to connect to a Fiber to the Cabinet (FTTC) line.

BT said the Hub 5 will become a standard part of all BT Infinity packages and will be offered to existing Infinity customers who sign a new contract for free or "for a small fee." The telco will also continue to offer Hub 4 as part of its copper-based DSL broadband packages.

For more:
- see the release

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