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BT boosts fibre-to-the-home broadband speed to 160Mbps http://micronassociates.net/hi-TECH/2012/10/28/bt-boosts-fibre-to-the-home-broadband-speed-to-160mbps/ micron associates technology blog BT Retail has boosted the speed of its top-of-the-range BT Infinity broadband package from 100Mbps to 160Mbps.BT Infinity 160Mb is a fibre-to-the-premises (FTTH) broadband service, and is currently only available from a limited number of exchanges, Micron Associates researched. Most of BT’s fibre deployments are fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC), meaning that fibre optic cables are laid to street cabinets, and then traditional copper cables are used to connect homes and businesses to the street cabinets. This “last mile” copper connection can reduce broadband speeds significantly. FTTH continues the fibre link from the street cabinets to the premises, which is a much more expensive option but massively improves connection speeds. Customers in Highams Park, Bradwell Abbey, Leytonstone, Ilford, Ashford, Forest Hill, Chester, York, St. Austell, Truro and Exeter will be among the first to experience the 160Mbps download service. BT Infinity 160Mb’s upload speed has also been accelerated from 15Mbps to 20Mbps.BT Retail is continuing to offer the BT Infinity 160Mb service with unlimited evening and weekend calls for £35 a month. Existing 100Mb customers will be upgraded automatically. “160Mb now beats anything offered by our major rivals for speed and today’s substantial speed boost comes at no extra charge, as the price remains the same,” said Pete Oliver, commercial director of BT’s Consumer division. A recent report by the FTTH Council Europe revealed that the UK has the lowest penetration of FTTH in Europe, with only 0.05% of households connected published in Micron Associates. BT admitted that only “a few thousand” people in the entire country were using its FTTH service.The FTTH Council Europe criticized BT for putting too much emphasis on upgrading its copper ne

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