BT have removed the distance limit from key exchanges, increasing its broadband reach by another million businesses and homes, by improving the line loss profile of its connections.
After trialling the move in Milton Keynes and the Highlands, the telco will be offering 512kbs ADSL services beyond the former 6km distance limit from the 6th September.
BT now say that 99.8% of lines connected to a broadband-enabled exchange should be able to receive at least a 512kbs. The limit for 1mps has been raised from 4km from an exchange to 6km. BT are projecting that next summer will see 99.4% of the UK covered by broadband – around the same percentage of the population that get good quality analogue TV coverage.
Alison Ritchie, BT’s chief broadband officer said: “By pushing the boundaries on broadband reach we are building on our exchange upgrade rollout programme which means the remaining gaps in the broadband Britain jigsaw are getting smaller and smaller.”