BT has revealed it will be offering a 110Mbps fibre broadband service from spring 2011. The fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) service will be provided by BT Openreach, the telecom giant's wholesale division.
UK ISPs will be able to rent the lines from BT Openreach for £21.54 per month, although how much the final cost to consumers will be remains unknown. BT did say there would be a £75 installation fee. "You're going to get 100Mbps, it's not an 'up to' service," a BT spokesman told PC Pro.
The service will also offer upload speed of 15Mbps. However the 100Mbps connection isn't guaranteed. Instead, the minimum guaranteed speed will be 20Mbps. "If the network is flooded, you get a prioritised 20Mbps per user," BT added.
Trials of the service are currently underway in Bradwell Abbey in Milton Keynes and Highams Park in North London, and will be rolled-out nationwide from March next year.
Rival ISP Virgin Media plans to roll-out its own 100Mbps fibre broadband service by the end of this year.