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Neteru
11-02-05, 02:00
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British Telecom has said it will double the broadband speeds of most of its home and business customers.

The increased speeds will come at no extra charge and follows a similar move by internet service provider AOL. Many BT customers will now have download speeds of 2Mbps, although there are usage allowances of between one gigabyte and 30 gigabytes a month. The new speeds start to come into effect on 17 February for home customers and 1 April for businesses.

"Britain is now broadband Britain," said Duncan Ingram, BT's managing director, broadband and internet services. He added: "Ninety percent of our customers will see real increases in speed."

The changes affect home customers who use BT Broadband and BT Yahoo Broadband. Users of BT Broadband Basic will have a speed bost to 1Mbps.

Upload speeds

"These speed increases will give people the opportunity to do a lot more with their broadband connections," he said. Upload speeds - the speed at which information is sent from a PC via broadband - will remain at the same speed, said Mr Ingram.

Despite the increases, BT will continue to have usage allowances for home customers. "The allowances are extremely generous," said Mr Ingram "For what we are seeing in the market place - they are really not an issue."

BT will begin enforcing the allowances in the summer. Customers who exceed the amounts will either be able to pay for a bigger allowance or see their download speeds reduced. BT now has a 36% share of the broadband market - down from 39% - which is becoming increasingly competitive.

In the last few months, many rival ISPs have begun to offer 2Mbps services, including AOL, Plusnet and UK Online.

Full story bbc.co.uk (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4252663.stm)

Joseph
11-02-05, 02:29
Well they simply have to, it's keeping up with what's technically normal around. My speed has again been increased this month by my ISP, without extra costs.
My Current ADSL Speed: (Kbit/sec) 3200 down / 768 up. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif

Neteru
11-02-05, 03:14
Well I just hope mine is doubled soon.

SpArKy
11-02-05, 13:34
What connection do you have net, i am on NTL i have a 756k connection which is generous for me. It costs 23 ish a month, it takes a huge chuck of what i earn now. Before when i had two jobs it wasnt a problem, but circumstances change, maybe i might have to change to dial for some time, but i dont think i could revert now. As a student its very essential. In fact i think most Universities and Collees, should provide free connections to homes. This should be thought about by the government, i ment send are Tony, lol. A letter. :rolleyes:

Neteru
12-02-05, 03:01
Unlimited 576k. The company I'm with has been bought out by NTL and I do know that NTL will be doubling customer connections over the next weeks. Whether that's for specifically named NTL connections or includes their subsidiaries I don't know. Hope so obviously.