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BT Openreach to Start Fibre To The Cabinet Trials in 2009

Openreach, the local access network division of BT, has announced that it will debut trialing of Fibre-to-the-cabinet in Muswell Hill, London and Whitchurch in South Glamorgan which will enable up to 30,000 households and premises to reach (theoretical) broadband speeds of up to 40mbps from Summer next year.

According to BT, the pilots will follow a planned technical trial in the Foxhall exchange area of Kesgrave, Suffolk in early 2009, and the successful launch of the fibre to the premises (FTTP) product at Ebbsfleet Valley in Kent earlier this year.

The telco company has already earmarked GBP 1.5 billion to deploy a fibre-optic cable network to 10 million homes by 2012.

Thinkbroadband (opens in new tab) reckons that product launches should be ready by 2010 with an estimated 50 percent of telephone lines managing to reach 20mbps using VDSL and VDSL2.

Virgin Media planned to run fibre-optic cabling to 10,000 new homes in Ebbsfleet to offer 100mbps and is also already preparing the grounds for an end-of-the-year release of a 50mbps premium service.

BSkyB also has its own Fibre to the Cabinet plans and has been seen carrying out "secret tests" in East London in a bid to increase its average broadband speed.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.