BT has revealed its fibre broadband service will offer speeds of 'up to' 300Mbps in some areas from next year.
The telecoms company is currently in the process of rolling-out a £2.5bn fibre network across the UK in a bid to give two thirds of the UK access to fibre broadband by 2015. Locations where fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology has been rolled-out will be able to benefit from the faster download speed from spring. Furthermore, BT said it was boosting download speeds of Fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) technology to 'up to' 80Mbps from 40Mbps.
"Today is a significant step in the UK's broadband journey. These developments will transform broadband speeds across the country and propel the UK up the broadband league tables," said BT Openreach chief executive Liv Garfield.
Initially, BT's FTTP service was only available in Milton Keynes, where it was being trialled. Now the telecoms company has revealed it is commercially launching the service, also making it available in Ashford in Middlesex, Highams Park in North London, Chester South, St Austell and York this month. The telecoms company will then make the network available to other ISPs so they can offer superfast broadband services.
Communications Minister Ed Vaizey called the announcement "good news for the UK".
"High-speed broadband is essential for economic growth, which is why we want the UK to have the best superfast broadband in Europe by 2015," he said.
"Improving the UK's broadband infrastructure will help our high-tech, digital industries grow. It will ensure the UK is an attractive place to start-up and base the businesses of tomorrow."
BT also said the FTTP technology is capable of delivering speeds of 'up to' 1Gbps which is currently being trialled in Kesgrave, Suffolk.
According to John Hunt, from Thinkbroadband.com, 300Mbps will "revolutionise the broadband industry".
"While the announcement is a great achievement, considering where broadband speeds were just a few years ago, it is worth noting that this product will only be available to a limited portion of the country with only 25 percent expected to receive fibre-to-the-home coverage by 2015, and this highest speed product will no doubt come with a premium price tag in the short term," he added.