Tonight the BT DSL Checker has updated to:
- retitle FTTC (fibre to the cabinet) as VDSL (very-high-bit-rate digital subscriber line);
- split the different product categories into different sections (VDSL FTTC; FTTP; ADSL);
- add a column for a planed SOGEA service (single-only generic ethernet access – the ability to have a broadband-only service with no phone connection);
- mention of G.Fast, the ‘next generation’ of “ultrafast” fibre broadband (but which still retains the copper local loop) which BT has committed to roll out to 20 million properties (eventually), likely offering speeds of somewhere between 100Mbps and 500Mbps.
The changes tie in with announcements made by BT/Openreach over the past year, and a number of ongoing trails. On 5th May Openreach also announced a plan to deliver FTTP services to 2 million premises by 2020, a marked increase from the current level. ThinkBroadband say this new rollout is going to be “aimed at new build estates and high streets and business parks”. Whilst it would be nice to think that includes recent new-build developments such as Everest Park where ducting should be built to current standards, the reality is that seems unlikely and is likely to tie in with February’s announcement on new-build sites.