BT is launching its new Super fast broadband service next week. Called BT Infinity it uses fibre optic technology and will offer download speeds of up to 40Mb/s, rivalling its competitor Virgin.
Original BT broadband services use copper wires and generally run at speeds of 8Mb/s. By moving to fibre optic cable broadband service, BT will be able to offer speeds of up to 5 times the previous fastest available.
Before this new service from BT, the only company offering a fibre optic broadband service was Virgin with their 50Mb/s service.
To take advantage of a fibre optic broadband service you need to live near a fibre optic cable. Around 50% of the country already live close enough to a Virgin fibre optic cable. At the launch of the BT Infinity service only a few hundred customers will be able to connect to it (in Muswell Hill in London, Glasgow and Cardiff) however, it’s expected this will rise to some 4 million by the end of the year.
The entry cost for the BT Infinity broadband service is £19.99 per month. This has a maximum upload speed of 2Mb/s, a limit on monthly usage and a £50 connection fee.
To get an upload of 10Mb/s, the cost will be £24.99 per month. This includes free connection and unlimited monthly usage.
The Virgin Media XXL speed has a faster download limit of 50Mb/s, it doesn’t have a monthly usage limit but it does currently have a slower upload speed, although it is apparently testing 10Mb.