UK TELECOM BT will upgrade its Infinity fibre-optic network to offer customers download bandwidth of 76Mbit/s.
BT has been rolling out its fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) Infinity service throughout England and now the firm claims its Infinity 2 service offers download bandwidth up to 76Mbit/s with upload bandwidth up to 19Mbit/s. BT has also upgraded its Infinity 1 service with upstream bandwidth increasing from 1.9Mbit/s to 9.5Mbit/s.
According to BT new and existing Infinity users will be upgraded automatically for free. While BT is offering the free upgrade, its users will hope that it has also upgraded the backbone network to handle the aggregated higher 'last mile' bandwidth.
John Petter, MD of BT Consumer said, "Super-fast broadband is helping people enjoy the internet far more than ever before. However, many providers have forgotten about the importance of fast upload speeds. BT believes that fast upstream speeds are vital given how people now use the internet and so we are distancing ourselves from the competition by providing the UK's fastest upload speed."
Although BT has increased download bandwidth on its Infinity 2 package, the upload bandwidth on both Infinity 1 and Infinity 2 packages is far more useful. Greater upload bandwidth will help users shift data on peer-to-peer networks that, shockingly, can be used to transmit legitimate content.
BT's Infinity FTTC service is available to around seven million households at present, however the firm claims it will be available to two thirds of UK premises by 2014. µ