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BT Openreach announces 300Mb/s FTTP product

Communications giant offshoot, BT Openreach has announced plans to roll out Fibre To The Premises - FTTP - networking to several areas in the UK, offering speeds of up to 300Mb/s.

The fibre-optic networking service is to be made available in six areas across the UK: Ashford in Middlesex, Bradwell Abbey in Milton Keynes, Highams Park in North London, Chester South, St Austell and York. Sadly, the headline-grabbing 300Mb/s won't be available to start with, as the product will launch at a still-impressive 110Mb/s with 15Mb/s upstream or 100Mb/s with 30Mb/s upstream.

The full 300Mb/s speed will become available in Spring 2012, BT Openreach has confirmed, while next year will also see a doubling of speed to 80Mb/s on the company's Fibre To The Cabinet - FTTC - services following regulatory approval.

"These are significant announcements and good news for the UK," crowed communications minister Ed Vaizey of the announcement. "High-speed broadband is essential for economic growth, which is why we want the UK to have the best superfast broadband in Europe by 2015. Improving the UK’s broadband infrastructure will help our high-tech, digital industries grow. It will ensure the UK is an attractive place to start-up and base the businesses of tomorrow."

BT Openreach will be making the service available to communications providers as a wholesale product towards the end of this month, although pricing has yet to be confirmed. It is hoped that the 300Mb/s service will also be extended some time next year, following the completion of 1Gb/s trials in Kesgrave, Suffolk.