UK's Openreach admits 50k premises on 'gigabit-capable' FTTP network can't get gigabit speeds

www.theregister.co.uk | 7/5/2019 | Staff
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Openreach has admitted that 50,000 premises covered by its fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network can only get speeds of up to 330Mbps rather than the much-touted 1Gbps.

As of the last quarter, some 1.5 million homes are covered by the BT broadband division's FTTP network. The problem has come to light as more folk sign up to the service.

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It's a legacy issue – kit from manufacturer ECI, which BT invested in 10 years ago, is slowing parts of the network down.

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Andrew Ferguson of ThinkBroadband said the hardware has not proved capable. "The problem is with the ECI head-ends, where all the traffic comes together [in the exchange]."

He said Openreach is using Huawei head-ends for the rest of its network, which supports 10Gbps links. However, the ECI gear does not.

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