You might remember that BT was urging all communities interested in a speed boost to enter its Race to Infinity competition, promising to give them the VIP treatment and upgrade their telephone exchanges for free to FTTC (40Mbps).
Let me remind you that FTTC speeds will soon be upped to 80Mbps while BT’s FTTP technology will see a boost to a very handsome 330Mbps.
Now however, the ISP has confirmed that it might not be able to provide what it initially promised to all six locations.
According to the Oxford Mail paper, BT said to the residents of West Hagbourne (one of the winners of the race – the community was fighting for its right to a faster connection quite vigorously) that it was positioned too far from the nearest exchange thus won’t be able to reap the fibre benefits.
A spokesperson for BT, Emma Littlejohn, was quoted as saying:
“We clearly stated that when an exchange is enabled, there will be some premises not able to receive fibre.
“However, we expect every premises attached to the exchange will see an increase in their broadband speeds.”
Broadbandwatcher would like to remind you that FTTC is a service, the quality of which largely depends on the distance. The further the premise is from the cabinet, the weaker the signal (i.e. broadband services become slower).