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BT Slows FTTC Broadband Minimum To 5MBps

BT Wholesale has said that customers who sign up for its its new fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) service will receive a minimum guaranteed speed of 5 Mbps.

Previously, BT's FTTC connection offered a minimum download speed of 15 Mbps, a speed that was not supported by many BT resellers. By lowering the minimum speed to 5 Mbps BT resellers like TalkTalk will be able to reach out to more customers.

The company said that the move was a result of consumer demand, but also added that none of its BT Wholesale customers had signed up to resell its new FTTC service - a part of its nation wide super-fast broadband roll out.

BT said in a statement: “Consumers and businesses that have previously been unable to order fibre broadband over BT's network because their line was unable to support the minimum speed of 15Mbps will now able to do so via their ISP.”

"While these customers' lines will be unable to support the super-fast speeds of up to 40Mbps offered by BT's FTTC service, the option of a lower minimum assured speed for FTTC means that some customers may see an improvement in their broadband speeds compared with the existing speed they receive over the copper network," the company added.