BT Openreach launching 300Mbps broadband, gamers rejoice!
Gamers, start your 3D rendering engines. Broadband in the UK is about to get a lot faster as BT announces plans to launch a 300Mbps service from Openreach.
Until now the state of UK broadband has been on rather shaky foundations, with many customers finding that speeds of ‘up to’ 50Mbps or ‘up to’ 100Mbps being optimistic at best. BT Openreach has announced the commercial launch of its Fibre To The Premises (FTTP) service which promises speeds that should live up to their description.
FTTP will be available in selected locations from the end of October at 110Mbps with a wider roll out in the new year. In the spring the speeds will jump top up to 300Mbps – but the fact that optical fibre will be laid directly to people’s homes means that ‘up to’ won’t necessarily mean ‘a lot less than’.
Gamers will see a huge boost in responsiveness and lag should hopefully become a distant memory if FTTP works as advertised as the service will also come with upload speeds of at least 30MBps. A trial is currently underway in parts of Suffolk that will try to deliver 1GBps over FTTP fibre, which seems almost cartooonishly fast – we half expect your downloads will complete before you even decide to click.