Openreach (UK wholesale operator) announced last week that they will start FTTP trials during the first trimester of 2010.
You can find Openreach’s press release here with more details.
- The tests plan to offer 40Mbps initially, which may go up to 60Mbps.
- Upstream will be limited to 10Mbps up.
Frankly, for a FTTP trial, I find this trial very modest and there are other already operational project that offer much more bandwidth… Anyway, it is a first step so it is not bad news at all.
Anyway, I think that the UK is quite close to Spain in terms of FTTH developments. They are slightly better, but not as good as in other big countries like France, and much worse than the Northern countries.
In the UK there is real CATV competition so there are alternatives, but overall datarates are not that high…
Can any UK-based reader complement this information?