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Superfast 100Mbit internet connections coming soon

At last BT is putting its fibre optic network to good use – 2.5 million homes and businesses in urban areas will be able to get a 100Mbit (ie office network speed) internet connection by 2012. A further 7.5m should have up to 40Mbit lines. Press release.

These are download speeds – uploads will apparently be limited to 10Mbits, still fast enough for a mid-sized business.

We don’t know the end-user pricing yet, but the wholesale pricing gives

  • initial connection charge £130 ex vat
  • annual rental £294

BT have said that they’ll roll it out first to areas with the highest density of demand.