Superfast Broadband growth predicted for 2011

New research has estimated that the total number of UK telephone lines carrying "super-fast" broadband ISP services will jump from only 45,000 at the end of 2010 to more than 600,000 by the end of 2011.

Telecoms analyst Point Topic, who carried out the study, believes that around three per cent of all broadband lines in the UK will be superfast and able to receive speeds of more than 25Mbps (Megabits per second) using BT's "up to" 40Mbps Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FTTC) or 110Mbps Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP/FTTH) technology by the end of 2011.

It's estimated that a further 200,000 or so will be paying for Virgin Media and its 50Mbps service over the cable (Cable Modem, DOCSIS3) network, although there's no specific estimate of how many will take Virgin's new 100Mbps package.

It's anticipated that by the end of 2011 BT's FTTC and FTTP "fibre optic" based broadband services will have increased their coverage to 6 Million homes, which is significantly up on the 600,000 footprint figure seen during mid-2010.

At present BT's ISP division, BT Retail, is adding 4,000 new FTTC connections each week and this should rise to 9,000 during the first half of 2011. Point Topic then expects a second jump, as coverage improves, to hit 14,000 per week in the second half of the year.

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