BT's fast fibre broadband trials start

The first customer in the UK on BT’s FTTP (Fibre to the premises) trials has been connected, and has been reporting  download speeds of 67.2Mbps and 92.37Mbps.

Upload is a fairly cool 15Mbps which is the top end of the FTTP standard and there was a between 5 and 6ms latency reading.

The user was Herbie J Hopkins who was connected via Plusnet and has been reporting his experiences on the PlusNet forums.

“So far the connection has been 100% stable, no problems to report. A huge upgrade to my 2Mb ADSL2+ !”, herbiejhopkins reported.

Plusnet is a BT owned ISP, and is involved in BT’s FTTC (Fibre-to-the-Premises) trials, which uses fibre-optical connections to offers a theoretical download speed of 100Mbps.

Plusnet said that more FTTP customers would be connected in the next couple of weeks and that it would extend the trial to the flesh pots of Milton Keynes.

FTTP speeds are only possible if there there is no copper cable connection anywhere along the link. This is because copper connections are limited to a theoretical maximum of 24Mbps using ADSL2+.

BT wants a theoretical maximum of 40Mbps for downloads, where the connection uses optical up to the cabinet, and then copper to the premises.

Rival Virgin Media offers up to 50Mbps service on its DOCSIS 3.0 network, and has announced plans for a 100Mbps service. It also claims to be trialling 200Mbps and even 400Mbps.