BT on track with its 80/20 Mbps FTTC-based service

BT Openreach (NYSE: BT), the wholesale arm of BT that sells service to UK's competitive service providers, has decided to replace its existing 'up to' 40 Mbps/15 Mbps Fiber to the Cabinet (FTTC)-based service with an 'up to' 80/20 Mbps speed product.  

At the time the 80 Mbps speed tier was announced in May, BT said it would likely offer an enhanced upload speed of 20 Mbps.

The service provider plans to begin upgrading the FTTC network to support the new speeds by December and continue into 2012.

In the near-term, BT plans to stop selling the 40/15 Mbps FTTC service by the end of July with no effect on existing customers, who may actually get an automatic upgrade to the 80/20 Mbps speed tier when it becomes available in 2012. However, it appears that BT's 40Mbps/2Mbps or 40Mbps/10Mbps products that are offered by other ISPs like TalkTalk (LSE: TALK) will remain intact.

Currently, BT offers a 40/15 Mbps service tier on its ongoing Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) network, while its proposed 110 Mbps service has been hampered by installation delays.

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